Education & Academy Conversions

Designed specifically to support schools and academies through the conversion process, our Education Team offers a co-ordinated solution using expertise from across our various legal teams.

How do we help?

With so many demands on your time, dealing with a conversion can be a daunting exercise.

At BHP Law, we understand the challenges schools are facing and our Education Team have already helped many primary & secondary schools convert successfully.

Our service is designed to help you navigate though the “legals” smoothly and we offer a full consultancy solution, working with our clients every step of the way, giving help and advice how it is needed, when needed.


Why Convert?

As Academies are independent of Local Authority control, the Government has highlighted the greater freedom and flexibility Academies have to innovate and raise standards and this is borne out by what schools going through the process are saying.

Many Academies are already reporting that they value the control they have of local decision-making and the freedom to develop the curriculum in creative ways. They are also able to allocate resources more effectively, since they understand their students’ needs better than the Local Authority. The independence which comes with being an Academy also gives them the freedom to support other schools and the local community and at BHP Law. We can assist in developing partnership arrangements with other schools and setting up trading entities to provide services to other schools.


What’s involved?

An Academy conversion involves translating the legal formalities and requirements of an Academy structure into what they mean specifically for governors and head teachers in their day to day roles, more detail can be found in our Academy Conversion Brochure. 

We see our role as giving a first class, cost efficient and effective legal support service which helps to take advantage of the benefits converting to an Academy can bring.


Our clients and what they say

"We chose BHP Law following a tender process. We were looking for a law firm we thought we could work with, where we could pick up the phone any time and ask questions without feeling ridiculous. On meeting the solicitors at BHP we knew we could work with them." They were clearly experts in their field and it was great to see them in action. They gave me monthly timescales to follow and we had regular conference calls and meetings where we made sure everything was on schedule. In between we knew we could ring them and get a quick answer to questions. "It was a massive learning curve for us, especially in the areas of buildings transfer and employment law. We couldn't have done it without the help of the experts at BHP." 

Leanne Hardman | Bursar Easington Academy 


"We engaged BHP Law after they were recommended to us and we were very, very pleased with the service they provided, so much so that we have since recommended them to lots of other schools. They led us through the process very effectively and professionally, keeping us informed at every stage through productive meetings and always being available to answer any questions. Consequently, we converted on the day scheduled with no hitches. Converting can be daunting and it’s new to schools. We were pleased to have such excellent professionals to guide us. Neither I nor the governors ever felt we were on our own. The real proof, however, comes 12 months after conversion. BHP Law were so thorough during the process that it put us in a really good position to move forward very quickly, and our school has gone from strength to strength." 

Paula Thompson | Head Teacher, Benedict Biscop CE



Contact us

For more information please contact Gary Copeland on Tel: 01325 466794 or Email:

Alternatively, you can fill in the online enquiry form and one of our team will contact you within 24 hours.

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