Independent Schools

The Shulmans team of education specialists has significant experience acting for Independent Schools and representative associations. We work closely with our clients to understand their challenges and objectives and are recognised for delivering outcomes which support their long term success.

Our education team is made up of lawyers who are genuine experts in their respective fields. They all understand the intricacies of the education sector ensuring our clients’ interests are managed in the most efficient way.

The relationships we foster with our clients are founded on trust, mutual understanding and openness. Our team works regularly with bursars, head teachers, senior management teams and governors to ensure that their standards and approach are reflected in consistent and effective advice.

Our advice has been reproduced in Department for Education guidance issued to the whole education sector, representing unique and nation-wide recognition of our specialist experience.

The Shulmans education team comprises specialists from various legal practice areas. This allows us to advise our clients on issues including:

  • human resources
  • property and land
  • commercial contracts
  • data protection
  • managing and recovering debt
  • health and safety
  • disputes as they arise

The team is led by Employment partner, Tom Watkins, who is described by the Legal 500 as being, “calm, thoughtful, unflappable and intelligent”. Tom has an in-depth understanding of the unique requirements of the sector and is nationally recognised for his experience.

Comments from our clients have included:

“I count myself as extremely lucky to have had the excellent support of Tom Watkins to guide and advise me so competently. Not only does he provide clear and very understandable advice but he is never far from his phone which has been of enormous comfort.”
Mark Taylor, Bursar, The King’s School, Canterbury

“A deserved reputation in the independent education sector for applying knowledge, experience and clear thinking to the delivery of first-class and razor-sharp advice.
Paul Bennett, Bursar and Clerk to the Governors, Pocklington School

“Wonderful advice and a strategy which we followed to the letter. As a result the process was a relatively painless one. I will forever be indebted.”
David Elstone, Former Headmaster, Hymers College

For more information you can download a copy of our Independent Schools brochure here.

Our team

Tom Watkins


Employment & HR

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 8069

Simon Jackson


Commercial Property

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 7721

Emma Roe



Direct Line +44 (0)113 288 2817

Lyn Dario


Health & Safety

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 3779

Sara Souyave


Debt Recovery

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 8944