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Commercial Contracts & Procurement

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Changes to the education landscape continue to challenge school leaders and governors. Every school wants to ensure that the welfare of pupils continues to be at the heart of every decision they make.

Our Commercial team have provided advice and assistance to organisations within the education sector for over a decade. We understand the importance of working in partnership with you to ensure that we help you create strong and effective contractual relationships with your suppliers which deliver value for money. We advise our clients on effective procurement strategies, due diligence on potential suppliers and any compliance issues associated with contracts.

Over the years, we have assisted in drafting and negotiating a range of contracts including:

  • IT services
  • Catering
  • Security and Facilities Management

Ensure that the contracts provide adequate protection against poor performance and potential regulatory breaches by the Supplier and that you are able to understand and manage any risks arising out of any such contract.

Data Protection

We regularly advise our education clients on data protection issues and provide training to governors/trustees about their obligations as data controllers under the Data Protection Act.  Within our training programmes, we have covered the following aspects:-

  • Basic definitions – what does ‘consent’ mean in data protection?;
  • Obligation of schools as data controllers;
  • Rights of parents and pupils;
  • Dealing with third-party requests for information and data sharing;
  • Dealing with data breaches;
  • Use of cloud services;
  • Data retention;
  • Security; and
  • Data protection policies and privacy notices – what should they contain

We offer bespoke data protection audits which allows the organisation to gain an up-to-date and accurate picture of their compliance along with their obligations as a data controller. This will include recommendations as to any changes to data protection or privacy policies, procedures for handling SAR’s and any procedural/structural changes such as the appointment of a data protection officer.

We assist with subject access requests (“SARS”), from the provision of template letters to aid response, through to providing guidance on what is disclosable and what needs censoring.  We also provide advice and support in respect of third party disclosures, and what is permissible under the Data Protection Act,

Also, we regularly advise our clients in relation to the receipt of Freedom of Information Requests, the time limits for responding to such requests and the use of any applicable exemptions.
 
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Derby Head Office:
St. Michael’s Court
St. Michael’s Lane
Derby
DE1 3HQ
Tel: 01332 340 211
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