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"Stone King is highly effective in keeping us informed of charity developments. We feel they understand both our business and our requirements and therefore always feel supported." - Client feedback in Chambers 2017

Several clients praise the speed of service, calling it "responsive and proactive," while others appreciate the firm's ability "to translate advice into something the lay person can understand." - Client feedback in Chambers 2017

Stone King LLP’s team advises some of the largest multi-academy trusts, as well as numerous state and independent schools nationwide on matters ranging from governance to academy conversions and property-related work. High-profile judicial reviews are another area of specialism. Lee Coley was part of a team that assisted Learn Academies Trust and the Diocese of Leicester with a multi-academy trust conversion, which involved the simultaneous academy transfer and conversion of five single academies and two schools maintained by the Church of England. Legal 500 2017

Stone King LLP’s Cambridge office is noted for its 'in-depth knowledge and timely and robust advice presented in a way that is not confrontational but focused on finding solutions’Legal 500 2017

"They are excellent, the personalised service is superb as they understand our circumstances and advise appropriately." - Client feedback in Chambers 2016

​"Great private and state school clients." - Client feedback in Chambers 2016

"They are excellent. They get the gist of what's required and they understand what we want to get done. Their advice is sound and clear-cut, and they deliver it in a human way.Chambers 2015

"They invariably respond with prompt, unambiguous and first-class advice." Chambers 2015

Stone King is "probably the best education firm in the business," and "they lived up to the recommendations we received".  Another source adds: "They've got undoubted expertise and good geographical coverage - a leading player." Chambers 2014

This "heavyweight firm" has a "strong team" with "very wide expertise" covering charity, property and employment matters. The team's client base includes more than 500 individual schools, with a mixture of independent and maintained schools, and a number of school groups such as E-ACT, The Harris Federation, Leigh Academies and Ormiston. Recent highlights include setting up the country's first free school, West London Free School, and helping a school convert into an academy despite the disinclination of the local authority to approve because of prior PFI arrangements. The recent arrival of Geoffrey Davies further strengthens the group's presence in the academies market. Chambers 2013

Client Service "It provides a less formulaic and more tailored approach than others in the sector." Chambers 2012

Stone King’s "responsive and impressive" lawyers are "experts in the field of education law" The "very professional" team represents 435 schools across the independent and state sectors. In 2011 it advised a school on threats of industrial action arising from the school’s proposal to seek academy status. Richard Gold, associate Michael Brotherton and practice head Roger Inman are recommended. Legal 500 2012

Stone King LLP advises independent and maintained schools on a range of employment, health and safety, admissions and pastoral issues. Michael King's team is highly regarded for its academy work, and senior associate Michael Brotherton is also recommended. Legal 500 2012

"An essential service I would never wish to be without." Chambers 2010

Key Individuals:

Roger Inman has a broad schools practice spanning admissions, pupil provision issues, governance, finance and reorganisation work. His client base includes a number of leading and emerging multi-academy trusts. A source says: "Roger Inman is very knowledgeable, sound and experienced." Chambers 2017

... is described as "a real intellect" by sources who admire his "good breadth of expertise." He heads the education team and has particular skill in school governance matters, SEN and admissions issues. Chambers 2015

Commentators consider Stone King's "level-headed" Roger Inman to be "very solid - he obviously knows his stuff and the sector" He leads the education team, concentrating on governance and student and parent issues.

...has a broad practice covering both contentious and non-contentious work. He is especially known for his work in situations involving special education needs.Chambers 2013

...provides 'reliable, measured, thoughtful advice that considers the wider implications of a legal issue, not just the legal technicalities'. Chambers 2012

At Stone King LLP, 'first-rate communicator' Roger Inman oversees a specialist schools practice that provides 'very good-value, dependable advice'. Inman's specialisms include governance, reorganisation, and pupil/parent matters. Legal 500 2012

Clients commend Roger's responsiveness: "He gets back to you straight away with clear and concise advice." Chambers 2011

Clients praise Roger's "expertise in school governance and organisational change". Chambers 2010

The ‘approachable’ Michael Brotherton focuses on state funded matters and he recently acted for the Dean Trust, a multi-academy trust, in negotiating additional funding from the local authority. Chambers 2017

Geoffrey Davies is singled out as someone who is "extremely knowledgeable on anything to do with academies and free schools." Interviewees enthuse that "he always delivers services promptly and will go the extra mile to get things completed." Chambers 2015

...has recently joined the team from Lewis Silkin, where he was highly regarded for his work on academy conversions. He is recognised by peers as a significant player in the market. Chambers 2013

Stephen Ravenscroft has experience working with multi-academy trusts since the very beginning of the academies project. He specialises in conversions and academy-to-academy transfers, supporting trusts of all sizes. A client says: "We have confidence in him because he understands our needs and has delivered what we needed." Chambers 2017

...is a charity law expert who works with education clients and has experience of establishing academy umbrella trusts. "He is a great technical lawyer," say observers. Chambers 2015 

...impresses with his "incredible retention of detail and his forward thinking." He has expertise in the establishment of charitable companies to operate academies. Chambers 2011

Head of the education team Graham Burns has vast experience advising a range of education clients. He has notable expertise in school PFI schemes and their conversion into academies. Chambers 2017

Louise Castle has a practice focused on academy projects of all stripes. She advises on funding arrangements, contracts, governance, and restructuring issues. Chambers 2017

Consultant Richard Gold has a vast amount of experience in employment-related matters. Chambers 2013

..."is absolutely excellent"... Chambers 2012

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