(Please see 'more details' for options for academies and independent schools.)
For 2016-17, we are delighted to offer two options for schools for Legal Services.
Option A is the popular annual subscription Legal Advice Service and Option B is a service providing Legal Case Work for schools.
Option A - Legal Advice Service
Lawyers in the Council’s Legal Service are available to provide an ad hoc legal advice service to schools on a range of legal matters, including contracts, employment law and property matters.
This legal advice service does not provide substantive assistance or undertake casework, for example commencing or defending proceedings, although this can be arranged (see Option B below).
The Council’s Legal Service will take instructions by telephone or in writing and will endeavour to provide a substantive response within 10 working days. A shorter timescale can be negotiated for urgent matters.
Price of the legal advice service is £310 per annum.
Option B - Legal Case Work
If a school requires significant legal work to be undertaken (including commencing or defending legal proceedings, employment tribunal work, property transactions etc) then this can be arranged.
Such work may be carried out by the Council’s Legal Service or through the Public Law Partnership (PLP). PLP is a consortium of local authority legal departments, including Essex County Council (which has the expertise and capacity to deal with most matters).
Work can be undertaken at very competitive rates ranging between £43 and £134 per hour (plus disbursements) depending on the seniority of the lawyer allocated to the matter and the complexity of the case.
Any school requiring such legal case work is asked to contact one of the officers below to discuss the matter.