We offer retainer services to all our state-funded clients. Each of our Retainers offers a service designed to meet your needs. You will receive focused practical advice from specialist lawyers/HR consultants on operational issues that arise day to day. We aim to resolve issues swiftly and without additional expense. We have more than 40 specialists working for educational establishments on a daily basis. We have a deep understanding of the education sector and the capacity to deliver that knowledge quickly when required. There is no small print. You can terminate your Retainer agreement simply by notifying us in writing at any time before the beginning of the following term. There are 3 discrete services.
- Legal Support Retainer
All types of routine everyday legal queries will be covered under our Legal Support Retainer so long as they can be solved within about an hour of our time. These queries can be about any matter, but we routinely advise on admissions, exclusions, special educational needs, school governance, safeguarding, health and safety, employment, contracts, data protection, property and construction. The service gives schools/Trusts quick, concise and practical advice, ideally on a preventative basis. There is a fixed termly fee and no limit to the number of matters that can be raised per term. The termly fee includes a monthly email briefing, free access to Stone King training seminars, access to our complete suite of policy building tools in the retainer members’ area of our website and a 10% discount on fees for more substantial matters that fall outside the retainer.
Please do not hesitate to contact our Retainer Director for more details:
- HR Retainer
Routine HR queries are not included in the Legal Support Retainer and for these we have a separate HR Retainer. We have a team of HR Consultants with specialist knowledge of the education sector. They work closely in the same team together with our employment solicitors. The HR consultants provide unlimited telephone and email advice during core school hours 8.30 am to 5.00 pm on any number of issues that would typically resolve within 2 or 3 hours of time. These queries can be about any HR matter, but we routinely advise on STPCD, Burgundy Book, Green Book and other collective agreements, contract terms, policies, redundancy, capability, grievance, disciplinary and ill health procedures, recruitment, absence management and exit interviews. The standard HR Retainer does not include on-site support, but this can be included within our HR Retainer Plus Retainer. The cost for the HR retainer is based on the number of staff directly employed at the organisation and includes the same benefits as described above.
Please do not hesitate to contact our Head of HR Consultancy Services for more details:
- Company Support Retainer
This service can be taken as a stand-alone service, but is included for free if a school/Trust signs up to our Legal Support Retainer. It is a service for new and existing academies or Trusts providing support in the legal responsibilities they have in being a company. We carry out an initial company health check and provide guidance notes and precedents. As with the Legal Support Retainer, 1 hour’s advice on any company support query will be included in the Retainer.
Please do not hesitate to contact Myles for more details: