We understand that education bodies face ever-changing complex legal and regularity requirements.  Our education team are here to provide you with the necessary expertise and support your needs in a responsive, practical and cost-effective manner.


Nalders Solicitors operates from eight offices throughout Cornwall and have built strong, longstanding relationships with key institutions within the local community.  We can advise on key issues to do with all legal matters relating to:


  • Academies
  • Governance
  • Employment


Our education team understand that academic budgets are being squeezed tighter than ever, therefore, we operate in an efficient manner, maximising on our experience to solidify matters quickly and can offer fixed-fee rates in certain situations.


To find out more about how we can advise you on education matters, please fill in our contact form, or phone our Truro office on 01872 241414.


When it comes to advising schools on converting to an academy, we are one of the most experienced law firms in Cornwall.


We understand the complexities and the amount of documentation that must be collated when making an application to the Department of Education to convert to an academy, including the tight time-scales that are often involved.  We can liaise with your project lead, answering questions and ensuring the process runs smoothly.


How we can help


Converting to an academy is a momentous decision for a school to take.  You need a successful legal team to advise you on every stage of the process and protect you from common pitfalls.


Our education law specialists will provide practical, cost-effective legal advice on:


  • The declaration of interest and application to the Department of Education
  • Setting up the academy trust
  • Consultation with teachers, parents, pupils and other stakeholders
  • The transfer of staff
  • The Funding Agreement and Commercial Transfer Agreement
  • The assignment of existing contracts
  • The duties of Governors
  • Property transfers and leases


Following the conversion to an academy

 As one of the most experienced education law solicitors in the West Country, we partner with schools when they decide to convert to an academy, ensuring they continue to receive the advice and support they need once the transition is made.  As you will be free from local government control, you will be responsible for making decisions independently.


We provide ongoing assistance on matters including:


  • Governance support and training
  • Employment law and pensions advice
  • Property law advice
  • Advice on health & safety law
  • Advice on protecting children
  • Advice on data protection and freedom of information
  • Commercial and contracts advice

To find out more about how we can advise you on converting to an academy, please fill in our contact form, or phone our Truro office on 01872 241414.

School Governance

We provide support for schools across the West Country on governance and regulatory compliance, reducing their chance of having a claim brought against them.


Our expert education law team can provide legal advice on the three core components of governance:


  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding executive leaders to account for the educational performance of the organisation and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the organisation and making sure its money is well spent.

We do this by providing practical legal advice on issues surrounding compliance, policy drafting, constitutional issues and special education needs.


Our solicitors can also provide in-school training to governors and staff members on compliance and governance issues.


To find out more about how we can advise you on school governance, please fill in our contact form, or phone our Truro office on 01872 241414.


For HR managers, compliance officers and employers, staying on top of Britain’s ever-changing employment laws can be an organisational nightmare.


At Nalders Solicitors, we have an experienced, commercially astute employment law team who will partner with you over the long-term; constantly striving to understand your business and your commercial ambitions.


Our employment team can assist you with the following legal matters:


  • Employment contracts and handbooks
  • Equality Act 2010 obligations
  • Employee discipline and disputes
  • TUPE

Smart, sensible and business-minded, employers across the West Country have trusted us for generations to advise them on employment matters.


To find out more about how we can advise you on employment law for employers, please fill in our contact form, or phone our Truro office on 01872 241414.


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