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Page last updated: 15/07/2019

Legal Advice Helpline for subscribing schools0333 013 9993

ELS providing effective legal solutions to the education sector 

Our highly committed education team, with over 70 years' experience, comprises 65 lawyers who are uniquely placed to work with primary schools, secondary schools and further and higher education.​
  • In addition to the scale of our team, we are experts in all aspects of education law and can support you whatever the challenge may be. 

  • We started life as the in-house legal function of one of the UK's largest local authorities and many of our clients are in the public sector.

  • We can draw on our heritage and current experience to help you achieve your aims and to provide you with solutions.

  • Working with the public sector means we understand the importance of value for money. As well as being highly competitive, we adopt a 'no surprises later' approach to fees.

Our team is made up of skilled, knowledgeable and experienced individuals adept at working across the education sector from primary and secondary schools to further and higher education providers. Our expertise is widely recognised and acknowledged by those we work with.

Our expertise: 

Academy conversion package

Shared services

Employment (grievances, disciplinary issues, settlement agreements and tribunal proceedings)

Capital projects

Governance matters

Corporate and commercial

Property (land and buildings)

Children (including safeguarding issues)

Post academy conversion support

Resolving disputes including all areas of litigation

Special Educational Needs

Mediation and investigations

Mental health

Personal injury litigation

Social media advice

Pupil absence and prosecutions

Planning / Environment / Highways

Health and safety prosecution and representation


Court advocacy and representation



Recent legal updates: 

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Contact us for other matters including academy conversions or download the guide on how to become an academy


For general legal advice 

​Find out about the Legal Advice Helpline 

Call 0333 013 2305 to speak to a lawyer


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