Independent Schools

We offer support and guidance on all legal and regulatory matters, from day-to-day ad hoc queries through to the formulation and management of major strategic projects.

Legal services for the independent schools sector

When considering legal and regulatory matters, we understand that you are balancing a myriad of often conflicting demands such as reputational considerations, staff room morale and pastoral care, as well as “straight forward” budgetary and commercial considerations. We recognise that this means matters are rarely, if ever, straightforward but we have the experience and skills to identify and implement a timely and effective solution.  

Our Independent Schools Group consists of specialist lawyers from across the firm including employment, charity, debt recovery, health and safety, planning and commercial contracts. The group is led by Tom Watkins who has specialised in the independent schools sector for over 10 years.

Our advice is pragmatic, solution-focused and cost effective. We pride ourselves on having formed and maintained long-standing relationships with numerous schools within the sector, working hard to understand our clients’ needs.

Our team

Tom Watkins


Employment & HR

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 8069

Mark Lumley


Commercial Contracts

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 7727

Lyn Dario


Health & Safety

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 3779

Lee Scott

Team Manager

Debt Recovery

Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 3780

Amanda Beresford



Direct Line +44 (0)113 297 8070