Employment Law & HR Education Advice

Many academies and further education providers often find themselves with employment law and HR challenges when moving away from the comfort of the public sector. At Wilkin Chapman, we can provide you with HR and employment law advice which is geared to the modern education sector.

We have advised and represented local authorities, education departments, various colleges of further and higher education as well as “old style” and “new style” academies at secondary and primary level.

Practical and commercially focused advice

Often you simply need practical and commercially focused advice to avoid or resolve an issue.

We take a pragmatic, problem solving approach rather than simply giving text book answers and will always seek to find a sensible solution to a tricky situation, with assessments of potential risks.

Our team of highly experienced employment law solicitors are all HR specialists, which means we can help you with the whole spectrum of employment issues ranging from run of the mill HR issues to more complex investigations and potential claims.

We are local and can be with you at short notice

Our 11 strong team are always available by telephone and email and commit to returning calls and emails the same day, usually within the hour. Covering Lincolnshire and the East Riding of Yorkshirewe can easily attend meetings with you at short notice including evening governors’ meetings if the need arises.

Employment advice line
– cost effective advice when you need it

Our comprehensive HR and employment advice line service costs from as little at £100 per month.

Providing unlimited telephone and email advice HR and employment law expertise has never been so affordable.

Keeping up with the changing education climate

We are familiar with both national and local terms and conditions (having advised local authority HR departments for over 10 years) and in addition to dealing with particular problems, can work with you to review contracts, policies and procedures in light of the changing education climate.

Public sector support and expertise at your fingertips

We also have a dedicated public sector team who can provide you with services and support. They can help you in relation to compliance, regulatory matters and investigations, parental complaints and exclusion appeals. We have a number of staff who have significant experience in the public sector and can conduct complex investigations and enquiries, or manage one off projects, should the need arise.


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Our commercial property solicitors can provide you with advice on all types of property transactions, including the sale and purchase of commercial property, planning agreements, residential developments, commercial and industrial developments, options, leases and licences.

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Our team of specialist corporate and commercial solicitors work closely with you to achieve your commercial goals. We take a practical approach to business and understanding your business needs. Our expert corporate lawyers not only know the law, but also draw upon their experience to provide you with effective solutions to any given situation. Our team is flexible and has the resources to manage all sizes of transactions and matters for small to medium sized (SME) organisations, as well as large multi-national companies.

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Education Recoveries

Our dedicated education recoveries team handles the collection of unpaid tuition, accommodation, library and commercial fees on behalf of Universities and Higher Education Colleges.

We offer a complete recovery service under one roof, incorporating pre-legal collections, trace and investigation work and legal recovery solutions, ensuring our education clients have continuity of service and flexibility that they should expect.

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Ethics & Conduct

We understand the challenges of being a local government monitoring officer from personal experience. We can offer definitive guidance and support on conduct issues, either directly to the monitoring officer or directly to members and other officers.

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Governance & Constitutions

We not only know the theory of the executive / scrutiny new form of governance, introduced by the Local Government Act 2000, but we have good experience of operating it in practice and of improving and updating the current models used in most councils.

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