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Stone King LLP

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Bath, Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds, London

East Anglia: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 4

Stone King LLP

Stone King LLP joins the ranking this year having hired vastly experienced consultant Tim Tyndall from Birketts LLP in Cambridge. Tyndall has 30 years' experience in employment law that includes advising individuals, public and private institutions, and multinational companies. The firm-wide employment practice focuses predominantly on the needs of education and not-for-profit clients, though the firm also has expertise in the transport, logistics and financial services sectors.

Other key lawyers:Tim Tyndall

Work highlights

  • Advising a client in respect of termination of employment of a senior employee.
  • Advising a client in connection with allegations of bullying harassment by a senior member of academic staff.

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Immigration - ranked: tier 2

Stone King LLP

Stone King LLP joins the ranking having seen a growing workload for senior associate and immigration specialist Julie Moktadir in its Cambridge office. She has notable expertise in charitable immigration work, specifically Tier 2 (Ministers of Religion) and immigration in the education sector. The firm has a particular focus on assisting teachers in Tier 2 and Tier 5 positions coming to the UK to work in both mainstream and independent schools.

Practice head(s):Julie Moktadir

Key Clients

Sister Margaret Herlihy, Poor Servants of the Mother of God

Sister Paula Langton, The Sisters of the Divine Saviour

Ms Jenny Cain, Director of HR, Greenshaw Learning Trust

Hannah Thomson, Cambridge Cancer Genomics

Christian Mouysset, Tenzo Limited

Nikki Walker, QCS

Work highlights

  • Assisting Sister Margaret Herlihy, Poor Servants of the Mother of God, with an application for a Kenyan nun to come to the UK under a Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) visa.
  • Assisting Sister Paula Langton, The Sisters of the Divine Saviour, with an application for an Indian Sister to come to the UK.
  • Assisting with sponsorship licence compliance and application for overseas teachers to be granted Tier 2 visas to work in the UK
  • Assisting with a sponsor licence for a Charitable Trust moving to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.
  • A start up in Cambridge instructed Stone King to advise employees and assist in obtaining a sponsorship licence.

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East Anglia: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 1

Stone King LLP

The charities and social enterprise sector group at Stone King LLP is led from London and Bath, but the Cambridge office is home to key advisers to the charity and education sectors. Robert Meakin has more than 25 years’ experience of advising charities and holds a PhD in charity law. He has a particular focus on faith charities, though his client base includes a broad range of not-for-profit entities. He recently acted for Cambridge Islamic College in its appeal against a direction made by the Charity Commission to change its name.

Practice head(s):Robert Meakin

Other key lawyers:James MacFarlane; Tamsin Eastwood

Key Clients

The Friends of Whitefriars Oxford Fund

St Michael’s Catholic School

The Deptford Ragged Trust

British Inherited Metabolic Disease Group

The Foundation of Edward Storey

Borneo Orangutan Survival UK

Scotty’s Little Soldiers

Cambridge Islamic College

Spiritualists’ National Union

Work highlights

  • Represented Cambridge Islamic College in its appeal against a direction made by the Charity Commission to change its name.
  • Acted for a high profile national charity and are providing advice on changing its governance from two-tier to a one-tier.
  • We continue to advise Assemblies of the First Born in respect of its dispute with several churches wishing to break away.
  • Incorporating The Roman Catholic Chaplaincy at the University of Cambridge as a CIO and transferring its assets.
  • We won a tender to advise on the incorporation of St Edmund’s College, Ware, which will involve a transfer of ownership from the Archdiocese of Westminster.
Leading individuals

Robert Meakin - Stone King LLP

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East Anglia: Public sector

Education - ranked: tier 1

Stone King LLP

Stone King LLP has a national specialist education practice with full-service teams in Cambridge, London, Bath, Birmingham and Leeds. Roger Inman in Cambridge is the national leader of the practice group, which acts for state and independent schools across the UK, and for FE and HE colleges in East Anglia. The firm has deep sector knowledge in all aspects of school law, notably governance, educational provision for students, employment, property, capital funding and construction. Employment partner Tim Tyndall, who joined from Birketts LLP, has particular expertise in advising schools and higher education institutions.

Practice head(s):Roger Inman

Other key lawyers:Tim Tyndall; Robert Meakin

Key Clients

United Learning

Unity Schools Partnership

Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust


West Suffolk College

Cambridge Academic Partnership

CAM Trust

Active Learning Trust

Raedwald Trust

Peterborough Diocesan Education Trust

South Suffolk Learning Trust

Inspiration Trust

Felsted School

Wycombe Abbey School

The Chelmsford Learning Partnership

Work highlights

  • Advising on West Suffolk College’s bid to establish one of the country’s first institutes of Technology, based on the German polytechnic model.
  • Advising an academy trust on a breach of the Data Protection Act 1998, breach management procedure and the ICO reporting process.
  • Advising on the creation of an entirely new 15-school MAT comprising both Church of England and community primary schools with the Diocese of Chelmsford.
Leading individuals

Roger Inman - Stone King LLP

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