Academy Conversion Lawyers

The academies programme has rapidly expanded over the last seven years and this is a fast maturing area of law with a large number of multi-academy trusts being established and an increasing number of conversions from single to multi-academy trust status, re-brokerages of academies and academy trust mergers.  However, the number of law firms with experience of advising academies remains relatively small.

Our Education Law Solicitors have the expertise to advise you in your academy project including:

  • Conversion to academy status
  • Establishment of single and multi-academy trusts
  • Conversion from single to multi-academy trust status
  • Establishment of Free Schools
  • Academy trust mergers
  • Re-brokerage of academies
  • Making a significant change to an academy trust
  • Amending articles of association
  • Amending funding agreements
  • Winding up academy trusts

Expertise in Advising Religious Designated Schools and Academies

Lupton Fawcett is unusual in having an Ecclesiastical and Charities Team which gives us an expert understanding of church schools and church issues and we have experience of advising on Church of England and Catholic designated academy projects.  Our experience includes acting for both Diocesan Boards of Education and church schools on academy projects which allows us to see things from both sides of the coin and gives us an insight which is not available to many of our competitors.

Post-Conversion Support

We like to think that advising on your academy project is just the start of our relationship.  As a Lupton Fawcett client you will have access to a wide range of legal services and we can advise on, for example:

  • Trustee training and Governance.
  • Employment and HR
  • Admissions and appeals
  • Exclusions
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Child protection and safeguarding
  • Health and Safety
  • Environmental regulation
  • Food standards regulation
  • Data protection
  • Commercial contracts and grant funding.
  • Property and estates
  • Planning
  • Construction and capital projects
  • Tax and trading
  • Establishing subsidiary companies.
  • Charity law
  • Ecclesiastical law
  • Corporate services
  • Collaborative ventures
  • Governance issues
  • Immigration
  • Training for Academy Trustees

Value for Money

We understand the importance to you in obtaining value for money and we have a range of pricing options for your academy project including capped fees and fixed fee arrangements.

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Lupton Fawcett are a leading personal and commercial law firm in Yorkshire with well-established offices of highly experienced solicitors in Leeds, Sheffield and York.

We have spent over one hundred years using our legal skills to help you through difficult, complicated or emotional times.  Within every area of law, we put your interests first.

We provide a personalised service, with sector specialists and extensive resources to ensure we are giving you the best solutions to your problems.

Lupton Fawcett have long been recognised for our expertise in Academy Conversions.

Our Education Solicitors act regularly for clients across the United Kingdom including Bradford, Birmingham, Hull, Liverpool, London, Manchester and Nottingham.

We can support your needs wherever you live in England, Wales & Northern Ireland.

Call today or complete the enquiry form and we will get back in touch with you quickly.  We will always respond promptly, and we will be happy to help

Why Choose Lupton Fawcett?

Having advised and supported many local families, individuals and businesses, we are proud to offer clients a dedicated service from specialist solicitors who are experts in their field:

We're Award Winning

Multi-award winning - Yorkshire Team of the Year, Regional Employment Team of the Year, Employment Law Lawyer of the Year

We're Connected

We're connected to the people, businesses and infrastructure throughout Yorkshire

We Put You First

You can be sure to expect superb client service from us. Our clients are our priority

We're Your Law Firm

Your problems are real but how we approach them makes all the difference

Accreditations / Awards

Lupton Fawcett provides a contemporary understanding of the current educational landscape with regards to church schools and multi-academy trusts and the unique context they face. It is always timely and aids in ensuring that client’s needs are met on a face-to-face basis as well as electronically.

Legal 500 2019

Mark Honeywell integrates himself well into the client’s team and his expertise and personable nature ensures he provides a personal service. Having a local person who understands the contact of situations makes all the difference.

Legal 500 2019

The practice stands out for its ‘good background knowledge and understanding of the uniqueness of church school needs‘, and is instructed by several diocesan boards of educations on academy conversions of Church of England schools. Clients also include the University of York and Bishop Burton College in addition to several grammar schools.

Legal 500 2018

I instructed Chris Burns to advise on an appeal against my child’s permanent exclusion from 6th form college. Chris identified a number of procedural irregularities in the college's disciplinary procedure. He drafted extensive grounds of appeal which highlighted various deficiencies in the process and obtained additional evidence to support our case. The appeal was successful. Chris was very attentive to me during the process and without his input, I do not feel that I would have been successful in appealing the college’s decision on behalf of my child.


We have always found Lupton Fawcett staff to be helpful and they have dealt with matters in a prompt manner.

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