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Roger Inman

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Stone King LLP

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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’s Cambridge office is noted for its ‘in-depth knowledge and timely and robust advice presented in a way that is not confrontational but focused on finding solutions’. The firm excels in academisation, governance and academy funding agreements, and it acts for more than 200 schools in East Anglia. Head of education Roger Inman ‘can explain complex issues to the school executive as well as to the governors in a clear and understandable way’. Ranking high among Inman’s many recent highlights is his work for Cambridgeshire schools in negotiations with the Minister of School Standards to commence implementation of the government’s "fair funding" policy in 2018. He also advised John Milton Academy on the formation of a multi-academy trust involving a secondary school and three primary schools in Suffolk.

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London: Public sector

Education: schools

Within: Education: schools

Stone King LLP’s team advises some of the largest multi-academy trusts, as well as numerous state and independent schools nationwide on matters ranging from governance to academy conversions and property-related work. High-profile judicial reviews are another area of specialism. Lee Coley was part of a team that assisted Learn Academies Trust and the Diocese of Leicester with a multi-academy trust conversion, which involved the simultaneous academy transfer and conversion of five single academies and two schools maintained by the Church of England. Practice head Roger Inman and Laura Berman defended Avonbourne International Business and Enterprise Academy Trust against a claim for judicial review pertaining to the school’s decision to prevent a prospective pupil from entering the sixth form in light of safeguarding considerations. Graham Shaw and Ciara Campfield advised Richard Taunton Sixth Form College and St Vincent College on the merger into a multi-academy trust, and Stephen Ravenscroft handled the transfer of existing academies and a City Technology College into the original sponsor organisation and subsequent conversion into a multi-academy trust for Emmanuel Schools Foundation. Graham Burns is also recommended. Helen Tucker joined from Ashfords LLP.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector


Within: Education

The Leeds office of Stone King LLP opened in June 2016 and is led by Graham Shaw, who brought his practice over from Ward Hadaway. The specialist education practice is instructed by key agencies in the sector and has a sizeable market share of academy clients. Recent highlights include academy conversions, such as that of Rossett Acre Primary School into the Red Kite Learning Trust and that of Hampsthwaite Church of England Primary School into the Yorkshire Causeway Schools Trust, and the transfer of academies operated by Oldham College Community Academies Trust into the Moor End Academies Trust. Roger Inman heads the national education sector group from Cambridge.

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