Every school wants to ensure that the welfare of pupils continues to be at the heart of every decision they make.
It is crucial that the terms of contracts are properly negotiated, agreed, understood and documented so that risk can be minimised. If they are not, not only might your school end up not getting what you thought was agreed, it might also find itself burdened with obligations that you did not realise were part of the deal.
We are familiar with the range of contracts that schools enter into and can help to ensure that you have well-written contracts that minimise the risk of costly and time-consuming disputes but also protect you if things do go wrong.
Our team provides advice and assistance in connection with drafting, reviewing, interpreting, negotiating and advising on a wide range of contracts and commercial issues that will affect your school including:
- IT Support Services
- Website Development
- Uniform & Sports Kits
- Facilities Management
- Fundraising & sponsorship
- Equipment Leasing
- Hiring out your own facilities
- Tendering, contract negotiation & project management
For the reasons we have described, instructing experienced solicitors to advise on the contracts your school enters into is extremely beneficial. However, it is also important that you yourselves have some understanding of the law and procedures involved in order that you can manage the process confidently.
Our experience tells us that some schools feel poorly equipped and under-resourced when it comes to understanding contracts and analysing the risks of entering into them.
We can help you to feel better able to manage and understand contracts by offering you training on subjects such as:
- The basic principles of entering into contracts
- The use of standard terms and the “battle of the forms”
- Contract risks and how you can limit your exposure
Contact our education experts today