Employment & HR for Schools

Stone King is recognised as a leading provider of assistance to the state-funded and independent school sectors and our employment lawyers play a critical part in that provision. We have a dedicated team comprised of lawyers, HR consultants, and an in-house barrister, all with extensive experience and knowledge of the sector.

Having been involved in the completion of many conversions of UK academy schools, we continue to support a vast number of these schools (including a number of multi-academy trusts and large academy chains) with on-going legal advice and HR advice. The HR advice we offer includes but is not limited to bespoke Workplace Mediation and Strategic HR support.

Our education employment solicitors have an in depth expertise in all employment matters affecting schools. A few examples of the advice often provided to schools include (but not limited to):

  • teachers’ terms and conditions and in particular pay awards and appeals;
  • keeping children safe in education;
  • union activity;
  • issues relating to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme;
  • child protection;
  • safeguarding and capability processes;
  • grievances and whistleblowing complaints;
  • individual school and academy chain redundancies and restructures;
  • managing and managing out senior staff.

We also offer HR consultancy services. Our team of HR Consultants works closely with the education employment law solicitors to provide continuity of employment advice in relation to a wide range of issues. We offer a range of education employment retainers to enable you to take advice quickly and easily, at a fixed cost, please see more information about our Education Retainer.

One of the partners in the team qualified as a barrister prior to becoming a solicitor and has acted as advocate in hundreds of employment tribunal cases. Thus the team has the capacity to instruct “in-house counsel” thus keeping continuity of advice and representation in a particular case.

Our team has an outstanding reputation in relation to speaking at national and regional events, particularly on sector specific issues. The Team runs successful in-house workshops and annual employment/education day conferences.

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    Recent testimonials

    "They have a range of experts in a variety of legal fields whose expertise we can draw upon. Response times have been exemplary."

    Chambers - 2014

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    "Highlighted for its 'depth of expertise in education', Stone King LLP attracts praise for its 'extremely good response times' and 'outstanding level of service'."

    Legal 500 - 2019

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    "First and foremost they are excellent lawyers - they know the charity and education sectors really well."

    Chambers - 2019

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    “I have dealt with many other employment solicitors in the past but SK are the most pragmatic and personable legal team out of all of them.  They are very easy to deal with, very pragmatic and speak normally, rather than ‘lawyer speak’ all the time.”

    Astrea Academy Trust

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    Recent testimonials

    "I have had the pleasure of working alongside Stone King since September 2015 and I can categorically say that from the outset and without exception, the organisation have provided outstanding advice, guidance and support.

    "Also, any request made be it via telephone or email has brought an immediate response and always in a highly professional and robust manner. As a Principal of a very large Academy with over 2000 stakeholders directly linked to the business, this is exactly what you need and look for and is why I will continue to stay with and work alongside the superb organisation known as Stone King."

    Carl Wakefield, Principal - Plume Academy, Maldon, Essex

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