National law firm Stone King secures major hires and announces raft of partner promotions

Stone King is delighted to announce that Julian Blake, formerly joint head of Charity and Social Enterprises at Bates Wells Braithwaite, and commercial property lawyer Caroline Taylor, formerly partner at Michelmores LLP, have joined the national law firm as partners. The firm has also made five new partner promotions across the business.

Power of sale to avoid reverter under the School Sites Act 1841 - clarification from the High Court

Is your school located on land charitably given by a local landowner for the purpose of educating poor children in the nineteenth century? If so, the transfer of the land was probably done under the School Sites Act 1841 (the Act). Under that Act the land reverts to the original owner (or heirs) if the purposes of the gift no longer apply. But what happens if the land is to be sold to allow a school to move to other premises and there is a delay in selling the land? Does the land, which may now be very profitable, revert to the heirs of the original donor?

Michael King retires from Stone King after guiding the law firm for more than 40 years

After more than four decades with Stone King, having been instrumental in its growth and prosperity, Michael King is bidding a fond farewell and retiring from the national law firm.

Michael has led Stone King’s Charity & Social Enterprise Group, been Senior Partner and Chairman and been instrumental in driving the firm’s growth in London, having established its first office there in 1990.


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