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academies conference - 13 September 2011


Blake Lapthorn and Strictly Education held a half day conference on the latest legal developments for the process of converting to academy status and the issues faced post-conversion. 

To view the slides, please see below.


The conference was also held in Oxford on Friday 16 September

seminar programme

9.00  am    registration with tea and coffee
9.30 am

welcome and introduction


Elizabeth Davis, partner and head of Charities group, Blake Lapthorn 

Elizabeth introduced the session and talked about the work that Blake Lapthorn has done for schools and academies.

9.30 am the pros and cons of conversion

Elizabeth Davis

Elizabeth described the preparation needed for conversion with some common pitfalls and case studies. 

10.15 am Strictly Education - academy conversion, not academy confusion
  Nickolas Morrissey, commercial director of Strictly Education and Iain Maris, Corporate Head of Finance
Nick and Ian covered some of the key areas for consideration when making a decision to convert around HR, property and most importantly finance, providing practical advice and experience.  
10.50 am




11.15 am  corporate governance
  James Hawkeswood, Corporate partner, Blake Lapthorn
James discussed the duties and responsibilities of an Academy director. 
11.40 am planning for post conversion - regulation
  Stephen Murfitt, Professional Regulatory partner, Blake Lapthorn
Stephen has worked with many schools and colleges as well as the Institute for Learning and the General Teaching Council. Academy schools will be responsible for regulatory issues such as discipline food, environment and health and safety. Stephen focused on disciplinary issues with recent case studies.
12.05 pm planning for post conversion - employment
  Debbie Sadler, Employment law associate
Debbie, a trained teacher, described the roles and responsibilities of the employer regarding issues such as recruitment and re-structuring.
12.30 pm panel questions and answers 
1.00 pm lunch and close


To find out more information, please email us at:


For more information, contact Elizabeth Davis in the Charities group on 023 8085 7011 or email