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If you are considering converting your school into an academy, you need experienced lawyers who can provide expert legal advice and support on conversion for smooth running throughout the entire consultation process.

Academy status can bring exciting opportunities for schools but there are many unfamiliar hurdles to negotiate when converting to an academy and we appreciate that it is new to you and that every school has its own individual – and sometimes complex – legal considerations to address.

From finding the right model for your school, the consultation process, staff transfers, the establishment of the Academy Trust to funding agreements, transfer agreements and land transfers, crucial deadlines need to be met and a number of legal agreements drawn up.

No two academy conversions are identical, but with DTM Legal’s dedicated team offering the full spectrum of commercial legal expertise, it means our lawyers can get to know your school and work to protect your best interests, making life easier for you.


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For legal advice on converting to Academy status please speak to Duncan McAllister on 01244 354 800 or email him at

What our clients say...

  • “The team at DTM Legal have never failed to respond to any legal issue taken to them – covering many areas of law – in a timely, polite, efficient and user-friendly manner. Issues, whether complex or basic, are given the same amount of detailed examination in order to ensure you receive the most suitable and secure response possible. They are, in short, our first port of call when legal situations dictate that we need a service that we can rely on without delay.”

    Dave Kynaston, Vice Principal, Reaseheath College

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