Legal advice for Independent Schools

The education team at Birkett Long is made up of specialists from a broad range of legal areas.

We not only specialise in education law and policy but also charity law, employment law, HR, property, data protection, commercial and company law, intellectual property and construction to name but a few. Together the team have decades of experience in advising educational institutions.

The team has significant sector expertise and takes pride in the exceptional client service it provides. Whatever the situation, the education team at Birkett Long can provide timely, cost-effective and comprehensive practical advice and solutions.

Each member of our experienced and friendly education team takes a personal interest in the education sector. A significant number of the team and staff at Birkett Long are school governors.


To talk with the Education Team or to have a no-obligation chat about an issue affecting your school, please contact Thomas Emmett, solicitor and Head of Education at Birkett Long on 01245 453847 or


Fee Recovery

Our fixed fee recovery retainer gives you total peace of mind, knowing that there is always advice at hand and that action will be taken to recover fees in the quickest time possible.

Often, a letter before claim is sufficient to recover fees. In fact, our experience is that 80% of debtors pay upon receipt of our letter. Every school is different and we know that one size doesn’t fit all! Because of this, we have a scale of fixed fees.

Alternatively, our pay-as-you-go service may help you manage fee recovery efficiently.

To find out more about our fixed fee recovery retainer scheme or our pay-as-you-go service, please get in touch.