Academy Schools by Stephen Claus, Graeme Hughes, Tracey Johnson and Debra Morris

November 2012

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Academies are becoming an increasingly familiar part of the educational landscape in England, impacting on the lives of many thousands of young people and their communities. But as a relatively new development, how well are they understood?

Academy Schools - From Conversion to Successful Operation gives a comprehensive and authoritative overview of legislation relating to Academies, with practical guidance on their establishment and operation. Co-authored by four expert practitioners, the book should be required reading for anyone involved in the process of establishing or running an Academy; it will also be of interest to the informed lay reader, who wants to know more about this important new development in our educational and social environment.


Academy Schools Reviewed

A very clear and concise booklet that I would certainly recommend to colleagues thinking of converting.

Darren Webb, Headteacher, West Malling CEP School

About the authors

Stephen Claus


Stephen Claus is the partner responsible for Charity Law at Brabners Chaffe Street based in their Liverpool Office. Brabners Charity Law department is recognised by Chambers and the Legal 500 and has a first ranking.

Stephen worked for the Charity Commission for 14 years, and was one of the first five judges appointed to the Charity Tribunal, a post he held for two years. He left the Charity Commission and has since headed up the Charity Law department at Martineau in Birmingham before moving to Liverpool in 2008.

Stephen is experienced in all aspects of charity law, and advises on academy conversions regularly. He is also experienced in charity litigation, and whilst at the Commission specialised in investigation work for many years. He acts for many charities locally, nationally and internationally. He has frequently written on charity issues, and speaks regularly on topics related to charity law.

Graeme Hughes


Graeme Hughes is an assistant solicitor specialising in Charity Law with the firm of Brabners Chaffe Street, the firm in which he qualified. Graeme has been a full time charity lawyer since qualification in 2010. He advises on academy conversions and related matters, as well as charity mergers, registration and other matters of concern to charities. He has written and spoken about charity law issues.

Tracey Johnson


Tracey Johnson is a partner in the charities and not for profit team at Moore and Smalley LLP in Preston, specialising in academies. She has presented at seminars for schools, both pre and post conversion, and advises academies on a wide range of issues relating to financial reporting, audit and financial systems and procedures.

Debra Morris


Debra Morris is Reader in Charity Law & Policy at the University of Liverpool, UK, where she is also the Director of the Charity Law & Policy Unit leading research on various projects concerned with aspects of charity law. She has written widely in the area and has presented at conferences and seminars around the world. Debra is also Editor of the Charity Law & Practice Review, the only UK journal specialising in charity law.