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Stone King LLP

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Bath, Birmingham, Cambridge, Leeds, London

Roger Inman

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Stone King LLP

Work Department

Education team.


Roger is a Partner and leads our National Education Practice. He specialises in school governance, re-organisation and development, in particular the development of Multi Academy Trusts. Roger is also nationally recognised as an expert in special educational needs and other aspects of educational provision for students.

Roger is a frequent speaker at Education Events, including recently the Wellington Festival of Education and Academy Ambassadors Events in 2017. He regularly writes on education law issues for a range of titles including Academy Magazine. Roger in on the Advisory Board of CSNet, the leading co-operative schools membership organisation.


Trained Freeth Cartwright; qualified 1996; trainee and assistant solicitor Freeth Cartwright 1994-97; assistant and partner Cunningham John 1997-2002; partner Taylor Vinters 2002-2005; chief executive IPSEA 2005-2007; partner Stone King LLP 2008.


Executive Board of Education Law Association; ex member National Disability and Mental Health Committee of the Law Society.


Ampleforth College, York; Trinity College, University of Cambridge.


Family, sailing, walking, arts.

East Anglia: Public sector


Within: Leading individuals

Roger Inman - Stone King LLP

Within: Education

Stone King LLP operates a national specialist education practice through five offices in the UK, each of which has a full-service team. The national practice, which comprises more than 70 lawyers, is led by Roger Inman in Cambridge and has more than 30 years' experience in advising state-funded schools, as well as a much longer history of acting for independent schools. The practice handles all aspects of school law including governance, educational provision for students, employment, property, capital funding and construction. Inman recently handled the rapid reorganisation and development of Eastern Multi-Academy Trust, which added six primary schools in a period of a few months. The Cambridge office expanded significantly last year with the addition of legal executive and local authority education specialist Christopher Jones, senior HR consultant Brian Chapman from Action for Children, senior associate and immigration specialist Julie Moktadir from IPSEA, and property solicitor Emma Webster from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

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London: Public sector

Education: schools

Within: Education: schools

Stone King LLP's team has long-standing expertise in the education sector and operates from the firm's offices in  London, Bath, Birmingham, Cambridge and Leeds. Core strengths include advising on academy set-ups and transfers, governance, capital funding and construction. Graham Burns heads the education team and has considerable expertise advising on multi-academy trusts and PFI projects. Roger Inman heads the education sector group and specialises in school governance, funding and academy reorganisations. Laura Berman is acting for an educational trust in connection with complaints regarding disability discrimination and Stephen Ravenscroft's work includes advising a number of schools on the various challenges involved in their closures, including handling the sale and purchase of assets, liability issues and employment relationships. Lee Coley, Helen Tucker, Graham Shaw and Ciara Campfield are other notable names.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector


Within: Education

Highlighted for its 'depth of expertise in education', Stone King LLP is attracts praise for its 'extremely good response times' and 'outstanding level of service'. The 'totally exceptional' Graham Shaw heads the Leeds-based education practice which able to leverage the firm's national education sector group led by Roger Inman in Cambridge. The team is known for its representation of schools and multi-academy trusts and is additionally experienced acting for further education clients. Shaw led advice to Newcastle Bridges School on forming a new multi-academy trust and the academy conversions of Newcastle Bridges School and Linhope. This required extensive negotiations with the Department for Education on supplemental funding in relation to the Newcastle Bridges School alternative provision, special educational needs and hospital-based education aspects.

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