Any school converting to an academy is now likely to be joining a multi-academy trust, or perhaps establishing its own. We have set up over 70 MATs for our clients with particular expertise acting for Church of England dioceses.
Whether setting up the MAT, introducing a new school to it or advising in connection with a discrete issue a team approach is required and we have lawyers who advise on the charity, educational, property and commercial elements of the work as necessary. MATs can include many academies and are therefore large employers, hold substantial property interests and are enter into high value contracts for the provision of services. Whilst the majority of our work is advisory, we are well equipped to deal with disputes or other issues that can arise.