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  • The UK's leading law firm for school to academy conversions

  • School to Academy is a division of BHW Solicitors and has an unrivalled track record of providing the best legal and strategic advice to the education sector for school to academy conversions.
  • Chambers and Partners UK leading firm 2012

HR and Employment

As part of the academy conversion process, school staff will automatically transfer from the Local Authority to the Academy under the TUPE regulations. The TUPE process can be involved and there are detailed requirements in respect of consultation and the provision of information which can easily trip up a school converting to an academy.

Usually schools will want to take advantage of the HR services offered by the Local Authority. As part of our school to academy service, we will monitor the TUPE process to ensure that it runs smoothly and to the timetable.

In some cases, schools may not be able to (or want to) use the Local Authority for TUPE advice. If this is the case, we will manage and advise on the TUPE transfers directly.

Becoming an employer in place of the Local Authority can be challenging without the right advice and there are always new proposals in the pipeline to be aware of.

We can help you balance the need to be a fair employer with the need to run an academy business and provide a practical and common-sense approach to issues arising in the workplace.

We can provide you with up-to-date and unambiguous contracts, policy documents and staff handbooks to reduce the likelihood of any disputes. Should you need to defend a claim from an employee, we have the knowledge, experience and expertise to help you deal with it effectively and commercially.
 
We cover all areas of employment law, including: –
  • Contracts of employment
  • Staff handbooks and policy documents
  • Outsourcing, restructures and (TUPE) workplace disputes
  • Disciplinary and grievance procedures
  • Unfair and wrongful dismissal
  • Redundancy procedures
  • Discrimination laws
  • Maternity and other family friendly entitlements
  • Compromise and termination agreements

BHW Employer Support and Protection Scheme

 
For many of our School to Academy clients, the best way to use our employment services is through our BHW Employer Support and Protection Scheme.
 
This includes a contract and staff handbook review to ensure your employment documentation is up-to-date and compliant, unrestricted telephone support, access to a comprehensive suite of best practice guides, email updates and a quarterly newsletter.
 
The Scheme can be insurance backed so that if an employee brings a claim against you, all your costs and the amount of any award you have to pay is covered. The Scheme is very cost effective and is payable in equal monthly instalments allowing you to cap your costs.
 
Please contact Laura Allanson to discuss our employment services
 
Phone: 0116 281 6237  Email:   laura@bhwsolicitors.com

School to Academy

School to Academy
BHW Solicitors
5 Grove Court
Grove Park
Leicester LE19 1SA
Tel: +44 (0)116 289 7000
Fax: +44 (0)116 281 6229