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Stone King LLP

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8001 BATH

Ciara Campfield

Work 01225 324479
Stone King LLP

Work Department

Education team.


Ciara has amassed a wealth of experience advising a range of education institutions on corporate, commercial and governance matters.  She has a particular interest and specialism in advising on the development of joint ventures and multi-partner collaborations comprising local authorities, education and business. She has a particular interest in advising general further education colleges and sixth form colleges on corporate and commercial matters, including mergers, restructures and federations. A core aspect of Ciara’s work involves advising on the set up of new education institutions (academies and group training organisations offering skills-based learning focused on local area and needs).

Ciara also provides a range of commercial and corporate advice to academy trusts and spends her time advising the largest multi academy trusts on project work and public procurement issues and strategy.


Ciara started her career at Eversheds before moving to Stone King to focus more on developing her education practice.

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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South West: Public sector


Within: Education

Stone King LLP advises on governance, the establishment of academies, employment and property issues, and capital funding. It is adept at establishing academies and advises on the establishment of multi-academy trusts. Other areas of expertise include school property issues involving the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP). Helen Tucker specialises in advising on operational matters for independent schools. Michael Brotherton focuses on high-profile contentious issues such as challenging Ofsted inspections and also advises on general day-to-day issues such as pastoral care. Ciara Campfield is adept at handling state funded project matters and academy conversions. Team Manager Jean Boyle specialises in employment and pension law in relation to the education sector. Recent highlights include acting for a school in successfully challenging the outcome of an Ofsted inspection and having the school reinspected. The firm also acted in challenge against a university over a refusal to accept late applications and advised several schools in relation to historic abuse allegations.

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