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Child care, children’s services and specialist schools

In a highly challenging sector, you need lawyers who have the proven expertise to protect and grow your business.

Lawyers with expertise in nurseries, specialist schools, children’s homes and fostering agencies

We are recognised as a market leader with in-depth knowledge and experience. Based across London, Thames Valley and the South West, our team of lawyers are fully immersed in the children’s sector, which enables us to cut to the heart of urgent matters quickly, and help you plan for what may lie ahead.

Our aim is to get to know your business and become the strategic advisors you trust to provide insightful, pragmatic solutions. Our clients include nurseries, children’s homes, supported accommodation providers, specialist schools, colleges and fostering agencies.  Our advice covers many areas, including:

  • Sales and acquisitions
  • Real estate development, leases and construction
  • Refinancing
  • HR and employment law
  • Business immigration advice and sponsor licence applications
  • OFSTED registration
  • Challenging OFSTED inspection reports, enforcement action, ratings, cancellation of registration and prosecutions
  • Advice on local authority fees and commissioning contracts
  • Safeguarding
  • Mental capacity, DOLS and Court of Protection advice
  • Debt recovery
  • Data protection
  • Partnership and Shareholder Agreements
  • Litigation
  • Inquests

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Recent success stories

Restructure and sale of the business and assets of a fostering agency to a national provider.


Sale of a children’s services group consisting of a specialist school and six children’s homes to national provider for undisclosed sum.


Advising children’s home operator in the refinance and purchase of two homes.


Advising supported accommodation provider on a challenge to their OFSTED registration application.


Advising large educational charity in relation to an inquest and health and safety prosecution.


Listened with acuity to our members, sought to build effective relationships with schools and Trusts, and offered insight and advice without prejudice…. [they] understands the challenges so many young people face in our unequal world, and clearly wish to play a part in removing barriers and opening access.

Lee Phillips
National Director Coop Schools

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