Sharpe Pritchard Launches an Innovative App for Academy CTAs

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Sharpe Pritchard, a London-based law firm specialising in advising on the issues associated with setting up an academy or free school, has launched an innovative Commercial Transfer Agreement (CTA) App.

The App, which can be accessed via Sharpe Pritchard's website, is intended to help trustees and governing bodies save both time and money when producing academy CTAs.

“We know that schools and local authorities are under pressure to do more with less – so we’ve used our extensive experience in this market to create this easy-to-use App for academy commercial transfer agreements,” says Annie Moy, lead partner responsible for academy projects at Sharpe Pritchard.

Currently, schools looking to produce a CTA tailored to meet the needs of their particular academy, usually have to consult a solicitor to draw up a legally valid CTA – which can eat into their budget and take precious time. Alternatively, they can download the Department of Education template, which is very often not flexible enough for their particular situation or, more importantly, may result in a document which does not offer full protection.

“Our CTA App offers the best of both worlds,” says Annie Moy. “It uses sophisticated software – which is fully compliant with PCs, Macs, tablet devices and smartphones – and guides people through an easy-to-follow process. The result is a legally valid CTA, which is tailored to an academy’s own circumstances.”

Sharpe Prichard can provide expert advice on all the legal issues arising from setting up and operating a new academy or free school. This includes governance, the transfer of assets and land, employment, TUPE and pensions issues and advice on the full range of contracts relating to the operation of a school and school building programmes, including PFI arrangements.

“When a client has produced a CTA using our App, our team of education, property and employment law experts are on hand to provide any advice and assistance they might require,” adds Annie.

For more information about the CTA App: http://www.sharpepritchard.co.uk/cta-app

Notes to editors:

  •     London-based law firm, Sharpe Pritchard, is a recognised leader in public sector work. The firm acts for local authorities, central government bodies, schools, other public sector organisations and registered social landlords. It also advises commercial clients and other organisations on public law matters.
  •     The firm has dedicated teams of staff who have expertise in the following specialist areas: academies/free schools, commercial, construction, elections, employment, general public law, IT and information law, litigation and dispute resolution, parliamentary agents, planning, PPP/PFI and property.
  •      Sharpe Pritchard is one of the few firms authorised to carry out Parliamentary Agency. The firm drafts, promotes and opposes all types of legislation and prepares and advises on amendments to legislation affecting its clients.
  •     Sharpe Pritchard’s dedicated education team provides expert advice on all legal issues arising from setting up and operating a school, including governance, the transfer of assets and land, employment, TUPE and pensions issues and advising on the full range of contracts relating to the operation of a school and school building programmes including BSF, PFI and design and build arrangements.
  •     Annie Moy specialises in public procurement law and projects, with particular experience in education schemes. She is the lead partner responsible for academy projects and regularly advises on both the setting up of academies and free schools and on the rebuild/refurbishment of new education facilities, including through PFI and design and build arrangements.

http://www.sharpepritchard.co.uk

For more information on this media release, please contact Angela Ward on: 01825 765617 or by email: angela(at)themarketingeye(dot)com

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