School Reorganisation & Development

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.

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.

Likely Effect of General Election on Schools - update

In our bulletin of 20 April we summarised the likely impact of the pre-election “Purdah” period in terms of DfE decision-making.  Further to a recent conference call with the DfE, we can now provide further clarity on this.

Purdah commenced at midnight on Friday 21 April and during this period the activities and decision-making of the DfE will be subject to the general restrictions set out in the Cabinet office guidance.   

The DfE has confirmed that:


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