Independent School Legal Advice & Representation

As a full-service law firm, we are able to draw upon lawyers with particular expertise who are used to acting for independent schools and dealing with education issues.  Lupton Fawcett is unusual in having a dedicated Ecclesiastical and Charities team which differentiates us from many of our competitors and ensures that we can provide specialist legal support to independent schools as charitable organisations.

Our range of services includes:

  • Charity law and governance
  • Trustee training
  • Employment and HR
  • Property, estates and planning
  • Construction and capital projects.
  • Commercial contracts
  • Debt recovery
  • Tax and trading
  • The establishment of subsidiaries
  • Ecclesiastical law
  • Charitable trading and the establishment of trading subsidiaries.
  • Child protection and safeguarding.
  • Data protection
  • Health and safety
  • Regulatory, including food standards and environmental
  • Intellectual Property
  • Academies and Free Schools
  • Corporate services
  • School Mergers
  • Collaborative ventures
  • Governance issues
  • Immigration

Value for Money

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

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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 Education Law Advice for Independent Schools.

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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