Napier & Sons has unrivalled experience within the education sector. We have been instructed by the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools (CCMS) since 1996 and have been responsible for providing advice to not only the 36 seat Council on matters of internal governance but also each of the 500 maintained schools in Northern Ireland. Napier & Sons is also the principal advisor to a number of prestigious voluntary and controlled grammar schools throughout Northern Ireland.

In addition, Napier & Sons has been the sole legal advisor to the Exceptional Circumstances Board, which was set up in 2010, to consider individual and exceptional cases for admission to specific post-primary schools.

We advise on every aspect of school life and governance from selection and recruitment of staff, to school discipline, resource management, staff interaction, admissions criteria for students, and implementation of practice and policies. In recent years, fundamental changes within the education sector have resulted in Napier & Sons becoming heavily involved in the merger and amalgamation of schools.  This has led to the firm acting and advising on a range of complex issues involving the transfer of undertakings, harmonisation of working practices and redundancy processes.  We have an incisive knowledge and working practice of TNC 2013/2 (School Reorganisation Agreement). Chambers and Partners, Guide to the Legal Profession, has noted Napiers for our “excellent performance” and “superb responsiveness.”

Our wealth of experience, as set out below, ensures that we have a trusted reputation in this niche area of law.

Our Education expertise – at a glance:

  • Admissions criteria for students
  • Educational Appeal Tribunals
  • Employment Rights
  • Judicial Review
  • Implementation of policies and practices
  • School discipline
  • Merger and amalgamation of schools
  • Responsibility of Boards and Governors
  • TNC 2013/2 Schools Reorganisation Agreement
  • Selection and recruitment of staff

For further information and advice, please contact John Gordon or Lisa Sturgeon