Academies & Academy Conversions

Our lawyers are all experts in their chosen specialisms, but you need your advisers to be able to look beyond the specific deal or project to understand your business sector. That is why our lawyers immerse themselves in specific industry sectors, making sure that they understand your business as well as they do their own.

Our experienced Academies team is specifically designed to provide helpful support to schools for Academy conversions and post-conversion advice.



The team comprises highly trained individuals across our offices who specialise across the wide range of legal disciplines involved in the conversion process including corporate and commercial, employment, property and construction law. The team has advised on the successful conversion of over 150 Academies to both Single and Multi Academy Trusts.

We understand the Academy Conversion process:

  • We understand that academy conversion is a daunting process for schools. 
  • We guarantee a senior solicitor as your single point of contact. 
  • We have a team of academy specialists with leading experts in the key areas required to complete your conversion throughout:

1.  Registration & Application
2.  Completion of Legal Formalities
3.  Final Preparation
4.  Academy completion and post-conversion 

We understand Academies and the issues you face:

  • Creating your own Academy Trust
  • Joining an existing Academy Trust
  • Procurement issues
  • Governance

We understand budget constraints:

We can provide a fixed Fee for your conversion that will remain fixed.  Our services are tailored to meet your individual requirements and we operate within a fixed fee structure to ensure transparency and enable you to budget for your costs.

How we can help:

Howes Percival is a leading full-service commercial law firm with a network of offices throughout the UK in Cambridge, Leicester, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Northampton and Norwich.

If you are considering conversion then we would be happy to meet with you on a free, no-obligation basis to discuss the steps involved.

For further information please contact:

Daniel Banton
Head of Academies
T:  01908 872209
M: 07760 177347
E: daniel.banton@howespercival.com

"It was due to the invaluable support of Daniel Banton and Howes Percival that we were able to achieve our Academy conversion within a ten-week period. Through a calm, efficient and judicious approach, five single schools were steered through a wealth of requirements, achieving all deadlines and subsequently converting to become a Multi-Academy Company. Daniel was reliable, dedicated to the conversion and exceptionally hardworking. We would highly recommend Howes Percival to others who are converting to Academies." 
Tasmin Davis – St Teresa’s Catholic Primary Academy (Bishop Cleary Multi-Academy Company)