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Graham is one of the country’s foremost legal authorities in the education sector having advised in this field since 1999. He was also one of the first lawyers in the country to advise on the academies programme following its launch by the Labour government in 2002. Since then he has advised extensively on sponsored and school converter academies across all phases and types of provision including primary, secondary, all-through, special, alternative and hospital provision, Church academies, co-operative academies, schemes with PFI and/or BSF arrangements and Multi Academy Trusts (“MATs”). He has also advised extensively on academy transfers between MATs, the conversion of Single Academy Trusts (“SATs”) into MATs and the merger of SATs and MATs.
Graham’s experience also spans an extensive range of MATs including for any combination of primary, secondary, special, alternative and hospital provision, Church and non-Church academies where he has advised on their academy conversions and transfers and their operational and strategic requirements.
Graham also advises maintained schools and individual academies on their legal requirements and has advised on free schools, studio schools, schools PFI and university student accommodation, having also advised universities, further education and sixth form colleges and independent schools.
Graham has written the following articles:
“Graham was recommended to us as an education lawyer who is a leading practitioner. His knowledge and understanding of the law in this area is absolutely first rate and gives great confidence as a result” (a northern-based multi academy trust).
“Graham Shaw is unique. He has worked with our school supporting us on an arduous journey from maintained school to academy, offering well-reasoned advice and guidance and sharing our queries with specialist staff who have ensured we have achieved our goals in good time and best results.” Legal 500 (2021).