Legal firm tips

Paul Cotterill's picture

Hi all

I wonder if anyone had any advice on a legal firm which might be retained by a Foundation in NW England (though location of firm may not be an issue if expertise is there).

Very briefly, the Foundation needs to stop the issuing of an Academy Order pennding the proper consultation required under the Academies Act, and needs to issue a 'letter before claim' (if that's appropriate term to follow up on its 'lay' correspodence' and then, if this is ignored, take further legal action.   We know what we're doing, at least at this pre-court stage, but we need it top and tailed by a suitable firm whom we might then retain for a court battle.

any advice welcome. Ideally, obviously, a firm with some credibility in the area who might also agree to do the short (four lines as our draft) letter on pro bono/cheap basis.  Our local firm has let us down on this and we are not sure they are up to the wider stuff anyway.








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Janet Downs's picture
Fri, 30/10/2015 - 14:47

This is an interesting idea worth taking further.

Patrick Hadley's picture
Sun, 01/11/2015 - 16:46

I had not realised that Cameron had actually made it clear in his conference speech that :

" my next ambition is this. 500 new Free Schools. Every school an academy…and yes – Local Authorities running schools a thing of the past."

I had long assumed that the Conservatives wanted to privatise all our taxpayer-funded schools, but now we know that this is explicitly Tory policy. I hope that Labour will finally come to the defence of state education.

agov's picture
Mon, 02/11/2015 - 09:44

There's a bit of deception going on as new schools (almost always) had to be academies unless they were Free schools (although Free schools are legally academies). They have now decided that (almost all) new schools will be called Free schools. Given a rising school population and the need for more schools they should easily be able to achieve 500 new Free schools.

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