Independent Schools Property

Rights of way - are your neighbours acquiring rights over your estate?

Are dog walkers regularly crossing your school estate? Do neighbours use your land to access their properties? If so, then they could be acquiring legal rights of access over your estate that can have serious implications for future development and pose safeguarding concerns for the daily operation of your site.

Do members of the public / neighbours access your land?

The public (as a whole) can acquire rights of way, if they can show they have used any routes over your land for 20 years without the school’s consent.

Charity Training - The Essential Trustee and Governance in Practice - London - 19.09.2019

We have developed our introduction sessions to equip all charity senior management and trustees – new and experienced alike – with the knowledge they need to carry out their roles efficiently. Covering key Charity Commission guidance and the underlying charity law duties, the aim is to help you implement best practice, prevent and deal with problems when they arise and recognise when further input is needed.

The sessions are built around the Charity Commission’s core guidance, including “The Essential Trustee”, “It’s Your Decision” “Recognising and Managing Conflicts of Interest”, and the new Governance Codes of Practice endorsed by the Commission. You will improve your understanding of the context in which the Charity Commission and other regulators, such as the Fundraising Regulator and Information Commissioner, operate. The session considers case studies to examine best practice governance in practical settings. Topics include:

  • the evolving role of the Charity Commission and its interaction with other regulators
  • key duties and liabilities of charity trustees and recent regulatory case reports your role as a charity trustee, working with others and managing disagreement.

All sessions are interactive and provide the opportunity for you to put your questions to expert advisors.

Date and Location

Thursday 19 September 2019

Stone King LLP,
1 Charterhouse Street,


4.15pm: Registration and refreshments
4.30pm: Seminar starts
6.30pm: Seminar ends followed by drinks and canapés


Members of the Charity & Social Enterprise Team.


This event costs £25 inc VAT per delegate.

Any cancellation received with less than 2 working days’ notice will not be entitled to a refund. Your booking can be transferred into a name of a substitute delegate at any time - please contact Events or call 0800 111 4336 with the details.

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.

Removal of rates relief for Scottish independent schools

The Scottish Government recently published its decision to remove business rates relief from independent schools with effect from 2020. This decision, if enacted, will create a major inconsistency in relation to business rates within the charity sector for the first time in several decades. The relief, which is currently given at a mandatory rate of 80% and with an additional discretionary 20% exemption available at the option of individual local authorities, has been available until now to all registered charities in Scotland.

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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