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Legal Services


Available to: All maintained and academy schools

As follows: Annual agreement by financial year and pay as used

Service description

At Rotherham MBC Legal Services our highly skilled and professionally qualified lawyers have the full expertise and working knowledge to advise and assist schools in respect of all legal issues from litigation and property matters to employment tribunals and commercial contracts.

The Service has held the Law Society's practice management standard (Lexcel) since 2005, which is evidence of a well-managed practice committed to delivering a quality service and one that supports continuous improvement and can demonstrate value for money.

The Service has invested in technology and our services are extremely competitive when compared to other Local Authorities and the private sector.

Service details

We offer a comprehensive legal service in relation to all relevant areas of law and practice, including, but not limited to:

  • General Advice – including family law, contact issues, change of name and dealing with correspondence from solicitors
  • Education Advice – including appeals, exclusions, special educational needs, school governance and structures
  • Contract and Commercial issues – procurement, contract terms and negotiation support
  • Property Matters – including land transactions and issues relating to the use of land
  • Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution – advice, assistance and representation before the Courts and other Tribunals, including employment cases
  • Training (formal seminars or small groups, discussions tailored to the client’s needs)

See the Service Level Agreement

Service options and charges

Option 1 - Annual Subscription

Primary and Special £210

Secondary £365

The annual subscription charge includes up to 2 hours advice by telephone or e-mail on each separate issue or enquiry. Any work in excess of this initial 2 hour period would be charged for as shown under the Pay As Used option below.

Option 2 - Pay as Used

Current hourly rates are £38, £43 or £62 per hour depending on the Legal Services member of staff dealing with the matter.

The rates are revised on annual basis and may increase slightly in line with inflation for 2018/19.

Administration charges

£19 per hour

Detailed monthly invoices will be issued with 30 day payment terms.

Quotations can be provided for specific items of work e.g. conveyancing, debt recovery.

Get in touch

Contact: Dermot Pearson

Assistant Director of Legal Services

Telephone: 01709 255768


Contact: Stuart Fletcher

Service Manager – Contracts and Commercial

Telephone: 01709 823523


Contact: Neil Concannon

Service Manager – Litigation and Social Care

Telephone: 01709 823569


Contact: Robert Parker

Business Manager

Telephone: 01709 823501