Mills & Reeve team exceed 100 academy milestone

A team of lawyers from the Birmingham office of national law firm Mills & Reeve have been instructed to advise on more than 37 new projects on behalf of several academies.

Mills & Reeve’s academies team will provide legal advice to schools and sponsors on issues including property, employment, PFI, corporate, pensions, and commercial contracts relating to the conversion and sponsorship of schools to academy status.

Mills & Reeve has a strong track record of advising on academies and to date has been instructed on more than 100 projects. Many of these have local universities and further education colleges as sponsors and education partners, which compliment Mills & Reeve’s strength across the education sector.

Of the academies Mills & Reeve has advised on, 25 are based in the Midlands.

Midlands academies advised by Mills & Reeve include Aston University Engineering Academy in Birmingham, Tudor Grange School in Solihull, Whitley Abbey in Coventry and Wood Green Academy in Wednesbury.

Stuart Pemble, head of Mills & Reeve’s national academy team, will lead the six-strong team from the Birmingham office that will advise on the new academies.

He said: “The new instructions further strengthen the team’s knowledge and expertise in the academies sector. Exceeding the 100-project milestone is a significant achievement following our first win in 2007 from the Richard Rose Federation to establish an academy in Carlisle.”