All schools and academies enter into a wide range of commercial agreements with third party suppliers and contractors every year.
Ensuring legal compliance and adequate protection is a must across these contractual agreements. Having access to expert help and guidance can be invaluable for schools across all their contract spend.
If you need help on a one-off matter, then it is easiest to agree a fee estimate for the work. If you require more frequent support a retainer type arrangement may be more beneficial. This is because you will have the support as and when you need it and by signing a longer-term agreement you will likely obtain a discounted daily rate and better-defined service level standards.
Several people in the school may require legal advice at differing points through the year. To ensure these costs are managed it is good practice to have a single person (usually the School Business Manager) responsible for requesting work. This way you can maintain transparency in your costs and provide a clear audit trail of where and how fees are incurred. It can also help you avoid duplication of expenditure on similar issues and enable you to get more for your money.