Services for schools and local authorities

Hampshire Legal Services (HLS)

“Very impressed with overall service. Good advice when needed.”
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We understand that running a school on a day to day basis is a full-time job and that for any Headteacher or school business manager, the legal framework that surrounds education can be complicated.

As the lawyers of choice for over 500 schools in Hampshire and with 20 years' experience, we have the in-depth knowledge and expertise required to ensure your school receives the best legal support. By working with our team of 70 lawyers, you can be confident in the knowledge that you are meeting all your legal obligations, whilst securing the very best educational experience for every child.

From education to employment law, through to safeguarding and data protection, we can support you with the most simple or challenging legal issues.

  • Service features

    • Employment law, including contracts of employment, employment transfers, redundancy and TUPE, dismissals, appeals, governing body hearings, trade union relations and industrial action.

    • Dealing with existing site occupiers, including options for termination/relocation to maximise educational use of the site, and property law.

    • Contractual issues and disputes, including matters arising out of the development of the site and responsibilities arising under grant agreements.

    • Coping with neighbour disputes, trespassers, threatening or abusive persons, claims for damage and anti-social behaviour.

    • Matters arising under inter-agency arrangements with the Police and Children’s Services for safeguarding children, including compliance with statutory responsibilities towards child protection, and clarification of the current law relating to both private and public law proceedings.

    • Parental rights and responsibilities, contact (access) issues, change of name, requests for witness statements from school staff in private proceedings.

    • Pupil records – content, who has access, disclosure and inspection.

    • Pupils with special education needs and/or disabilities and the administration of medicines.

    • Advice on charging and income generation.

    • Advice on exclusions and other disciplinary sanctions.

    • Advice on law relating to governing bodies.

    • Advice on pupil absence, taking a pupil off roll and pupil admissions.

    • Advice on school uniforms, equalities and human rights issues.

    • Advice on handling complaints.

    • Procurement issues, including the drafting and application of standing orders, and the retendering of catering services.

    • Debt recovery for sums above the small claims limit, with support and guidance to staff in pursuing lower value claims in-house.

    • Information compliance including Freedom of Information and Data Protection issues.

  • Benefits to schools

    • We put the client at the heart of everything we do. Part of our approach is to spend time getting to know our clients and to understand their needs, so that we can deliver the right legal outcome.

    • We understand that legal issues can be complicated and the difference a friendly, helpful member of staff can make guiding our clients through the legal maze. That’s why we’ll match the best suited member of our team to every job, seeing it through from start to finish.

    • We have over 20 years' experience and our in-depth knowledge of the public sector and innovative approach sets us apart. By working with us you can be confident that you will receive the highest quality legal advice that exceeds expectations.

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