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Education

The education sector presents its own unique challenges. Simpson Grierson has the expertise to deal with those challenges, with extensive experience providing advice on a wide range of legal matters to schools, universities and other tertiary institutions.

We have experience in advising on Board of Trustee obligations, the investigation of complaints, disciplinary processes, enrolment issues, and all other obligations under the Education Act.

Our employment lawyers can assist with drafting and reviewing employment and contractor agreements.

We have considerable experience providing advice on general tax compliance matters and issues relating to concessionary tax treatment, including Charities Act registration and related matters.

Our experience also includes assistance with sale and purchase agreements, building consents, construction projects, leases and providing comprehensive advice on development proposals.

Examples of our work

  • Drafting and reviewing employment agreements for King's College, St Cuthbert's College, Southwell School, Wellesley College, Chilton St James School, Independent Schools of New Zealand, the University of Auckland and Massey University
  • Helping independent and state schools with staff issues, including matters of discipline of teachers and dealing with the schools' responsibilities to the NZ Teachers Council
  • University of Auckland - representing at the Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court in relation personal grievance claims, fixed term employment issues, and collective bargaining issues
  • Te Wānanga o Aotearoa - advising on a range of commercial, property, employment, intellectual property and other issues
  • Advising various universities and other tertiary institutions on:
    • construction projects
    • facilities management outsourcing
    • on-site services outsourcing (eg catering)
    • timetabling software system development projects
    • superannuation schemes
    • joint ventures at institutional level
    • software licensing
  • Advice on boarding staff sleepover arrangements and compliance with the rest and meal break legislation and the Minimum Wage Act
  • Advice on the ASSHA Constitution and Bylaws, and their application to student eligibility to play inter-secondary school sport
  • Advising an independent school on the acquisition of tablet computers, including support and maintenance arrangements
  • Assisting with registration under the Charities Act 2005 and ongoing compliance issues
  • Assisting the "Building Better Schools" programme to establish the Ed&Co Charitable Trust
  • Assisting schools with issues including recovery of outstanding school fees, search and retention (in relation to students and their property) and enrolment disputes
  • Representing students in disciplinary situations and, vice versa, assisting schools in such processes