Legal advice & services for the Education Sector at Hunt & Coombs Solicitors

Complying with legislation

In today's world of rapidly changing legislation, making sure you comply with the law in every area of your operations can be a full-time job. We can help by reviewing all your areas of work and pointing out possible areas of concern. In particular:

Data Protection

As a school, you will need to hold information about your pupils, your staff and possibly also about parents in connection with payments. The Data Protection Act 1998 regulates the processing of information relating to individuals and carries stringent penalties for non-compliance, including the possibility of criminal prosecution. We can assist by:

  • Providing advice on your obligations under the Act;
  • Working with you to ensure good practice and compliance; and
  • Representing and advising you in the event of an investigation or prosecution.

Consumer Credit Act

If you provide credit facilities for the payment of fees or activities, you must comply with the relevant consumer credit legislation. This includes holding a consumer credit licence and conforming to the strict requirements on the form and the content of consumer credit arrangements.

Many schools are not aware of the full implications and are leaving themselves open to prosecution - we can help you to make sure that you are fully compliant if you offer credit terms.

Please contact us for help and advice on complying with legislation.


Anna Spriggs