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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP covers a wide range of issues for education sector clients, including employment, health and safety and intellectual property, spanning student contracts to pensions and litigation. The team is headed by Nicola Bennison, who works on complex contentious matters, with a focus on work involving senior post-holders, equality issues and student matters. Diane Gilhooley serves as chair of education, working on  complex cases before tribunals as well as matters concerning governance. Glynne Stanfield handles the corporate and commercial side of educational institutions. Chris Mordue is 'always available and able to assist at short notice'.

Responsables de la pratique:

Diane Gilhooley; Nicola Bennison

Autres avocats clés:

Glynne Stanfield; Chris Mordue

Les références

‘Chris Mordue is very good. Always available and able to assist at short notice – particularly on major projects.’

‘The team has a very good insight into the HE sector and the particular industrial relations and employment law issues it faces. It is therefore extremely well positioned to provide appropriate advice that is practical as well as accurate. They are able to bring in specialists from other relevant areas, such as health and safety, and IP, to provide a full response to broad issues. Their knowledge of industrial action law is particularly strong and helpful.’

‘They are personable, pleasant to deal with and responsive to queries. They are always willing to work with us on briefings for clients, webinars and events.’

Principaux clients

University of Essex

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

University of Reading

Kings College London

London South Bank University

Middlesex University

Richmond University London

Queen Mary University of London

City University London

UKRI

NCH London

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising multiple universities on their response to a coordinated campaign of national industrial action by academic staff over pay and pensions.
  • Advising the University of Reading on the establishment of film studios in Reading in a joint venture with Commonwealth.
  • Providing strategic and operational EDI advice to sector clients managing the complex interaction of conflicting rights under the Equality Act and freedom of speech rules; providing advice and support for internal investigations; and reviewing of policies and procedures, including in relation to trans rights and to better reflect the boundaries between free speech and unlawful harassment.

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co works with a range of leading university clients, advising on investment fund management, joint ventures and charity law. The team is led by David Copping, whose work includes both domestic and international work, research collaborations and IP rights. Sam Macdonald focuses on charity law, from philanthropists donating to higher education institutions to international organisations working with the British charity sector. David Smellie advises on employment law, including HR issues and tribunal claims. Kathleen Heycock specialises in safeguarding and student matters, having previously worked in HR for a leading university.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Copping

Autres avocats clés:

Sam Macdonald; David Smellie; Kathleen Heycock

Les références

‘First-rate service, clever and pragmatic teams with unrivalled experience in this sector.’

‘Farrer & Co have an outstanding understanding of the higher education and charity sectors which means we always get very well thought out, pragmatic and workable advice.’

‘David Copping is our contact partner and is excellent – responsive and readily available. He analyses complex issue quickly and allocates the work to the right people.’

‘There is a breadth of competence, a willingness to engage with and disentangle high levels of complexity, a responsiveness and the confidence and experience to give clear and actionable advice which is highly distinctive about this team.’

‘Sam Macdonald – responsiveness, composure, patience, experience.’

Principaux clients

Association of Commonwealth Universities

Imperial College London

Institute of Cancer Research

King’s College London

London Business School

The Open University

The Rhodes Trust

The University of Cambridge

The University of Oxford

The University of Westminster

Universities UK

University for the Creative Arts

University of Warwick

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Imperial College London, as leading panel provider for employment and commercial work, on a range of high-profile HR and commercial matters.
  • Advised King’s College London on the implementation of its major UK/Sino strategic joint venture with Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), in particular staff appointment arrangements.
  • Advised a number of leading UK universities on issues arising from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP has a multi-disciplinary education team which holds panel roles for various universities and university organisations. The practice is led by Gary Attle , who focuses on HE legislation, governance and freedom of information issues; Martin Priestley handles the commercial side of education work. Jonathan Greenwood works across the education sector to on corporate matters from M&A and restructurings to governance and joint venture. Principal associate Poppy Short advises universities and further education colleges on partnerships, collaborations and academic arrangements.

Responsables de la pratique:

Gary Attle; Martin Priestley

Autres avocats clés:

Jonathan Greenwood; Poppy Short

Les références

‘They had exceptional experience of the transaction that we were looking to undertake whilst as a client we had no experience. The team led and supported all aspects of the transaction efficiently and transparently.’

‘Their approach led us through the process and they also managed the relationship with other consultants so that they created a cohesive team enabling the transaction to complete in record time.’

‘The team has a really good balance of experience and capability and can always help with the numerous issues I pass their way. The team is very well balanced regarding gender with a wide demographic and provides a seamless service in regard to documentation and interaction.’

Principaux clients

Academies Enterprise Trust

Arden University

Birmingham City University

Buckinghamshire New University

Cardiff University

Coventry University

Lancaster University

LTE Group

Manchester Metropolitan University

Nottingham Trent University

Sheffield Hallam University

South & City College Birmingham

The University of Birmingham

University of Exeter

University of London

University of Liverpool

The University of Manchester

The University of Nottingham

University of Salford

University of Worcester

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Coventry University on the expansion and development of the University’s London campus by the creation of two new branches.
  • Advising Linacre College, Oxford on a transformative donation agreement of £155m.
  • Advised Cardiff University on its publicly listed £100m bond issue.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP has a track record of advising on major mergers and campus developments for education clients, as well as litigation and compliance matters. The team is led by Victoria Goddard, a trustee of Student Minds with a specialism in complex development structures for student accommodation projects. Gayle Ditchburn advises on complex regulatory, governance and structuring matters. Julian Sladdin has advised a number of colleges and universities on discrimination claims. Ria Bennett was promoted to senior associate in May 2021.

Responsables de la pratique:

Victoria Goddard

Autres avocats clés:

Gayle Ditchburn; Julian Sladdin; Ria Bennett

Les références

‘Very good breadth and depth of knowledge, especially with in depth sector experience’

‘Very responsive, knowledgeable and the advice provided is practically grounded’

‘The Pinsents team are thorough and responsive and have a helpful, pragmatic approach focusing on what can be done rather than what cant be done.’

‘Pinsents take time to listen and understand the brief and then offer advice which is specific, relevant and practical’

‘The team works closely with us so that there is a deeper understanding of our structure, any staffing and political issues. They advise us on the legal work but this is not in a vacuum, they give us political insights into the approach we take when advising us.’

‘Victoria Goddard and Gayle Ditchburn are almost always available, on short notice, even at inconvenient times for urgent advice. Gayle’s advice on sensitive regulatory issues shows an in-depth understanding of our organisation, our regulatory environment, and the experience to colour the legal advice with appropriate political insights.’

‘The Education team has supported us on a wide range of employment and HR matters. Pinsent Masons has strong Higher Education knowledge and their team is responsive.’

Principaux clients

University of London

University College London

University of the Arts London

Birkbeck, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London

University of Essex

Kings College London

Aston University

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority

Cardiff University

INTO University Partnerships Limited

Leeds Beckett University

Nottingham Trent University

Solent University

University of Brighton

University of Gloucestershire

University of Huddersfield

University of Leeds

University of Leicester

University of Nottingham

University of Sheffield

University of Sussex

University of York

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised King’s College London in relation to its long-term strategic relationship with The Courtauld Institute of Art.
  • Acting for six insured colleges of the University of Cambridge in litigation since 2018.
  • Advising LSE on the acquisition of a site for student accommodation and partnering with DIF and Engie on a 50 year deal funded by Pension Insurance Corp to the tune of £129m.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP advises on estates, complex governance and disputes, with clients including a number of Russell Group universities. The practice is part of a broader group of organisations, meaning it is able to draw from experts in a wide range of fields. The team is led by the well-respected Smita Jamdar, who specialises in governance and constitutional matters, also sitting on the Higher Education Commission and the Student Futures Commission - she is 'acknowledged as a sector leader'. In May 2021, Clive Read joined from VWV - he leads on real estate matters from the firm's Birmingham base.

Responsables de la pratique:

Smita Jamdar

Autres avocats clés:

Clive Read; Frank Bouette

Les références

‘The advice is comprehensive and covers issues and points of law we often don’t think about being linked to the issue. We work regularly with the firm and that means when we have repeat issues the suggest and provide training to mitigate against future cases or risks. The billing is agreed prior to starting any work and is accurately assessed. They understand the diversity agenda, sector wide issues such as sexual harassment and are knowledgeable in all areas of law.’

‘Smita Jamdar always makes herself or one of her senior solicitors available, even if we are calling in an evening or weekend for urgent issues. Smita and colleagues give straightforward advice appropriate to the person’s knowledge of the law, adjusting the approach to client knowledge and experience.’

‘The team are highly knowledgeable and insightful – providing excellent analysis of the legislation and how universities can meet their requirements. The Shakespeare Martineau education blog is an excellent addition to their expert analysis.’

‘Smita Jamdar is the outstanding legal commentator, regularly speaking at sector-wide events, writing blogs and providing expert insight for universities. She and her team are outstanding.’

‘Highly responsive and pragmatic. They have a good understanding of the sector and keep abreast of developments to ensure they are able to give sound advice which is informed by and reflects the current environment.’

‘Easy to deal with, responsive, knowledgeable individuals with no nonsense approach.’

‘I am treated like a valued client no matter how big or small the job is.’

‘Smita Jamdar – very responsive and knowledgeable. Acknowledged as a sector leader. Clive Read is also excellent and a pleasure to work with.’

Principaux clients

SOAS

Brunel University

University College London

University of the Arts London

University of West London

University of Hertfordshire

University of Exeter

University of Cambridge

University of Worcester

University of Roehampton

Cardiff University

Bournemouth University

Liverpool John Moore University

University of Sheffield

UCLAN

Wiltshire College

Abingdon and Witney College

North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College

Dudley College

Leicester College

Barnsley College

Quality Assurance Agency

West Dean College

University of Derby

Staffordshire University

Aberystwyth University

University of Lincoln

Derby College

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising University of West London on the acquisition of Ruskin College.
  • Acting the Edward James Foundation t/a West Dean College on the acquisition of KLC School of Design.
  • Carrying out an investigation into oversight of the Russell Group’s enterprise activities.

Bates Wells

Bates Wells advises university organisations as well as student bodies on a range of issues in the commercial and corporate sectors of further and higher education. The team is led by senior associate Jean Tsang, who handles commercial matters, as well as governance, charity and safeguarding, and Claire Whittle, who was promoted in April 2022 to cover the public and regulatory aspects of qualifications, contentious education matters and safeguarding. Lucy McLynn also leads on cases related to employment, such as disputes with trade unions, defending employment tribunal claims and data privacy matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jean Tsang; Claire Whittle

Autres avocats clés:

Lucy McLynn

Les références

‘Expert knowledge of the legal and regulatory framework in which our business operates. A problem-solving, rather than a strictly legalistic, approach. Excellent judgement. Very strong negotiating skills. Highly responsive, even to demanding timescales. Fees reasonable for a blue chip firm.’

‘Bates Wells are a trusted law firm, who have supported us over the years on a wide range of legal issues – from governance to trademarks, legal interpretation and impact on our members of a range of government policy issues. We consider Bates Wells experts in the regulatory conditions of the UK qualifications regulators in particular.’

‘Bates Wells have a detailed understanding of the regulated environment in which awarding bodies operate. They have been incredibly responsive and supportive throughout the time that we have worked with them and they are a trusted supplier, who we recommend our members contact with any legal issues of their own.’

Principaux clients

WKCIC

Universities UK

West Herts College

BPP University

AQA

Council of the Inns of Court

Barking & Dagenham College

Trinity College London

National Union of Students (NUS)

Workers’ Educational Association

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP handles disciplinary matters and issues related to the impact of Brexit and tuition fees on international students, as well as how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the offers and grades students receive. The practice is led by Matthew Smith, who handles both contentious and non-contentious employment matters within the education sector, including issues of equal pay, industrial relations and restructuring.

Responsables de la pratique:

Matthew Smith

Principaux clients

New College, Oxford

Balliol College, Oxford

Cardiff University

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Oxford Foundation for Theoretical Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence

Portsmouth Diocesan Trust

University of Reading

Christ Church College, Oxford

Brasenose College, Oxford

University College, Oxford

University of Chichester

Hereford Sixth Form College

Swansea University

Magdalen College, Oxford

University of South Wales

Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association

Gower College

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising New College, Oxford, on procurement approach, appointment of its design team and construction contracts in relation to its proposed redevelopment of a new Quadrangle within the College estate.
  • Advising Swansea University on portfolio management issues in relation to both its campus facilities and student accommodation. This includes advice on lease obligations for academic buildings; regulatory issues for student accommodation under Rent Smart Wales; and advice on new legislation changes under Renting Homes Wales Act 2016.
  • Advising Cardiff University in relation to its ongoing £600 million campus development programme which includes the Centre for Student Life (a new, bespoke student services hub adjacent to the Students’ Union) and the Innovation Campus/Sbarc Building (a newly-opened £300 million research centre).

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co merged with BLM in July 2022, bringing a diverse team of experts together, representing a large number of universities including many Russell Group institutions. The combined team's work includes matters related to freedom of speech, discrimination and Brexit, amongst others. The team is led by David Hansom, who advises on procurement law, secondment and the impact of COVID-19 on institutions. Elliot Pound specialises in public law issues and judicial reviews, having formerly led the education practice at BLM. James Major handles tribunals and high court claims, including complex discrimination and whistleblowing matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Hansom

Autres avocats clés:

Elliot Pound

Les références

‘They make a real effort to properly and thoroughly understand the issues from the perspective of both the client and the legal position. Their advice is clever and incisive and always reliable.’

‘Both Elliot Pound and Andrew Layton-Morris are clever, knowledgeable and incisive.’

‘Wide range of experience and ability to bring in the right expertise for different scenarios including complex issues.’

‘David Hansom is a stand out partner for his focus on client care. James Major is excellent – really knowledgeable and responsive.’

‘I have worked closely with David Hanson on a broad range of projects. David has proven to be a sounding board with excellent advice, pragmatic solutions and has always made himself available at points of urgency.’

Principaux clients

University of Cambridge

University of Exeter

Imperial College London

King’s College London

Newcastle University

University of Nottingham

Royal Veterinary College

University College London

Birkbeck, University of London

Brunel University London

University of Central Lancashire

Coventry University

University of East Anglia

University of East London

Goldsmiths, University of London

University of Portsmouth

University of Reading

University of Roehampton

Sheffield Hallam University

Royal College of Music

University of Surrey

University College London

Kings College London

University of the Arts London

Anglia Ruskin University

University of Southampton

Northern Universities Purchasing Consortium

Southern Universities Purchasing Consortium

University of Sheffield

University of Leeds

Fordham University New York

Chatsworth Schools

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing the Royal Veterinary College in a misrepresentation claim regarding funding for their Graduate Accelerated Veterinary Medicine degree.
  • Representing Imperial College London in respect of the rejection of an application by a candidate with impressive academic achievements, which included issues around the College’s obligation to disclose their internal assessment criteria.
  • Representing the University of Surrey in a challenge to their refusal to support an international student’s application for the further visa he required in order to complete his MSc in Space Engineering.

VWV

VWV has advised clients on guidance and challenges related to COVID-19, as well as employment matters and the financial side of higher education. The team is led by Jane Byford, who advises universities and FE colleges on employment, strategic HR and equality issues. Con Alexander advises on endowment funds and legacies for major educational institutions. Michael Halsey advises universities and research institutes on day-to-day employee relations as well as restructuring and disciplinary issues.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jane Byford

Autres avocats clés:

Con Alexander; Michael Halsey

Les références

‘VWV ensure that we work primarily with the same solicitor, which has helped them to develop a strong understanding of our institutional context and build trust and credibility with key people.’

‘The advice we receive from Michael Halsey at VWV is always explained in a user-friendly way; often with a summary of options and risks so that we can make informed decisions.’

‘VWV have been very responsive, and clear in communications with us and have demonstrated a good understanding of the HE environment. VWV have been consistently accessible and ensured continuity for advice and casework support. Billing is very clear, well set out and explained and timely. Whilst not particularly stand out as an innovator, their services all work well.’

‘Michael Halsey is particularly good for employment law, being accessible, responsive, calm, organised and clear in his advice. He is well supported by good colleagues who provide continuity or specialist advice as needed.’

‘The individual and personal attention to clients makes this firm unique. Strengths and key capabilities are that each person I’ve dealt with at VWV has taken a personal interest in and a determination to reach the best course of action for their clients.’

‘The team at VWV have the knowledge and skills to offer a turnkey solution for any transaction you may be dealing with. They can build effective relationships and collaborate to achieve positive outcomes.’

‘Education-specific knowledge very helpful. Feeling like the individual I was dealing with was empathetic because of that specialist knowledge and experience. Supportive of the institution’s stance in a fair and effective manner. Patient and capable of liaising with academics with little/no legal background over a prolonged and sensitive case.’

Principaux clients

Brunel University London

Bishop Grosseteste University

East Sussex College Group

King’s College London

London Interdisciplinary School

London Metropolitan University

London School of Economics & Political Science

London South Bank University

Middlesex University

New College Swindon

Norland College

Nottingham Trent University

Royal Academy of Music

Royal Holloway, University of London

The Institute of Cancer Research

The University of Law

University of Brighton

University of Bristol

University of East London

University of Greenwich

University of Lincoln

University of Reading

University of Southampton

University of the Arts London

Writtle University College

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising a London university on the handling of two complex student welfare and eviction cases involving vulnerable adults living in halls of residence.
  • Advising a prestigious London higher education institution on a significant project to consolidate circa 350 endowment funds. The aim was to streamline the administration of the funds to reduce costs in order to maximise their value, as well as ensuring that they could be applied most effectively where need is greatest.
  • Advising on the regulatory aspects of the sale of a private university in the UK.

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans advises a large number of universities on matters largely related to development and expansion. Martin Vincent advises on acquiring collections and the establishment of institutes, which has involved working across jurisdictions. Susan Matthews deals with policies related to anonymous reporting and complaints. Principal associate Melanie Steed joined from the University of Leeds, where she was an in-house lawyer, in August 2021.

Responsables de la pratique:

Martin Vincent

Autres avocats clés:

Susan Matthews; Melanie Steed

Principaux clients

Lancaster University

University of Cumbria

London Business School

UCL

University of Leeds

Solent University

Royal College of Physicians

University of Leicester

Newcastle University

Liverpool University

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised the Royal College of Physicians museum on the acquisition of an internationally important collection of Physicians’ tools and papers from the 18th Century.
  • Acted for Lancaster University in its creation of a Confucius Institute.
  • Assisted Solent University’s People and Development team on their five-year people plan, part of a wider project to prepare for the future.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP handles a wide range of matters of importance for educational institutions, including managing residential accommodation, student health issues relating to the pandemic and the impact of Brexit on procurement. The team is led by Bettina Rigg, who focuses on equality, inclusion and discrimination claims, and Dominic Swift, who works on the construction and development sides of higher education. Selina Hinchcliffe is also strong in this area, developing a number of partnerships with universities.

Responsables de la pratique:

Bettina Rigg; Dominic Swift

Autres avocats clés:

Selina Hinchcliffe

Les références

‘Very knowledgeable’

‘The practice provides a full understanding of employment issues in a higher education context.’

‘Bettina Rigg is incredibly supportive. She has a deep understanding of HE issues and she listens to your requirements and helps you manage risk’

‘We get a bespoke service that feels like they know us.’

‘Bettina Rigg provides a real commitment to the University and EDI knowledge is excellent.’

‘Browne Jacobson are hungry for education work, and provide a wealth of knowledge. They are expanding into the higher education sector and spend a lot of time getting to know the client and how it works.’

‘Dominic Swift – very enthusiastic about the sector, always looking for solutions’

‘The client service has been very good – responsive, able to meet deadlines; able to dissect complex matters and concepts and relay the same to clients; pragmatic and satisfactorily able to deal with urgent client queries within timescales.’

Principaux clients

Brunel University London

Edge Hill University

King’s College London

London School of Economics (LSE)

Loughborough University

Nottingham Trent University

South Devon College

University of Bolton

University of Brighton

University of Derby

University of Hertfordshire

University of York

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising King’s College London and supporting their internal legal team, on a significant volume of instructions across a broad spectrum of legal issues.
  • Advised the University of Hertfordshire and their project manager, Faithful + Gould to negotiate a series of contracts to deliver the new School of Physics, Engineering and Computer Science on their campus.
  • Advising Outwood Grange Academies Trust, Oasis Community Learning, Star Academies and theHarris Federation with their consortium bid to the DfE in relation to the creation of the Institute of Teaching in England to provide teachers and school leaders with prestigious, advanced training and development throughout their career.

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP represents higher education institutions as well as governing institutions including Ofsted and the Department for Education. The practice is led by Matthew Ramus, who advises the Department for Education on interventions stemming from low Ofsted ratings and advising on the setup of multiple children's services trusts. Luke Bowery advises on a range of contentious and non-contentious employment law matters, including restructuring and strategic advice.

Responsables de la pratique:

Matthew Ramus

Autres avocats clés:

Luke Bowery

Principaux clients

Department for Education

University of Bristol

University of Exeter

York St John University

University of Oxford

University of the West of England

Bath Spa University

Cardiff University

Ofsted

Office for Students

Reading Borough Council

Birmingham Children’s Trust

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP works largely with Cambridge, Oxford and other Russell Group universities on employment, real estate and immigration matters. Practice leaders Hilary Aldred and Daff Richardson handle Cambridge and Oxford respectively, with Aldred specialising in contentious and non-contentious matters including public law, and Richardson focusing on student complaints and disciplinary matters. Pat Saini focuses on immigration work, advising on sponsorship, student visas and the impact of Brexit and the pandemic on international students. Associate Sophie Whitbread has been described as ‘a future leader in this area of law.’

Responsables de la pratique:

Hilary Aldred; Daff Richardson

Autres avocats clés:

Pat Saini; Sophie Whitbread

Les références

‘Particular strengths are the firm’s client base and experience, which is second to none. Led by Hilary Aldred, Penningtons leads the pack in education law.’

‘Hillary Aldred is a stand-out practitioner; an outstanding lawyer and tactician, knows the law back to front, and has an impressive following.

‘Sophie Whitbread is also a future leader in this area of law.’

‘A very personal service’

‘Outstanding knowledge and very clear explanation and advice given. Sophie Whitbread is a pleasure to deal with, highly efficient and her speed of response is excellent.’

‘Penningtons has all the weight of a full service firm’

Principaux clients

Christ Church, Oxford

Nuffield College

Merton College, Oxford

Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

St Mary’s University Twickenham

Navitas/SAE

ICMP Management Limited

Istituto Marangoni

Pembroke College, Oxford

Principaux dossiers

  • Providing ongoing HR and employment advice to Christ Church Oxford, covering various Employment Tribunal claims raised against them by the Dean.
  • Advised The Association of American Study Abroad Programmes United Kingdom (AASAP) on changes to the immigration rules in relation to work placements disadvantaged AASAP members impacting the experience they could offer international students.
  • Represented 39 claimants and successfully gained a General Civil Restraint Order (GCRO) against a vexatious litigant, who had plagued these academic/medical institutions with complaints, malicious correspondence, threatened and actual litigation for 20 years, following his repeated failure to gain a place at any of the institutions in his bid to develop a medical career.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Trowers & Hamlins LLP advises mainly on real estate, as well as procurement, charities and tax matters within the education sector. The team is led by Assad Maqbool, who has worked with the Secretary of State for Education in relationship to free schools, and Amardeep Gill, who advises on commercial work in education, as well as advising sponsors and local authorities on academy and free school initiatives.

Responsables de la pratique:

Assad Maqbool; Amardeep Gill

Les références

‘Trowers have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the sector stemming from the long-standing support they have given to the Department for Education over the last decade. This expertise is particularly strong in the property and construction teams.’

‘The team at Trowers combine excellent technical expertise with commercial nous and it is this practical approach that I value particularly highly. Nikolai Shepherd is a key asset. He is extremely knowledgeable and his pragmatic approach to resolving issues is invaluable.’

Principaux clients

LocatED

Secretary of State for Education (via Department for Education)

London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

Babington Business Limited

CORE Education Trust

Kent County Council

Empowering Tutors Limited

Dorset Council

London Borough of Brent

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised the DfE on the construction and property aspect of over 100 schools projects from acquisition to refurbishment or new build (permanent and temporary).
  • Advised LocatED on property and construction aspects of their mixed-use development sites.
  • Advised Empowering Tutors Limited, part of the Empowering Learning Group, on the establishment of a web platform through which parents and pupils can engage directly with qualified teachers for person tutorials on a wide range of subjects.

Withers LLP

Withers LLP advises a range of institutions on employment, immigration and charity matters, including some cross-border work with international universities, primarily those in the US. The team is jointly led by Alison Paines, whose work includes advising charities and non-profits, with a focus on independent schools, Chris Priestley, who leads the charities and philanthropy team, advising multi-academy trusts in particular on joint ventures and collaborations, and Philip Reed, who advises independent schools and academy trusts on governance, mergers and fundraising.

Responsables de la pratique:

Alison Paines; Chris Priestley; Philip Reed

Les références

‘Excellent delivery, from briefing to the end of projects. A team effort with good leverage and bright people.’

‘Brilliant individually and as a team. Excellent thought leadership, at times venturing into new areas and quickly got on top of issues and delivered without exception. I have worked with this team a number of times and they are consistent and outperform colleagues in other firms.’

Principaux clients

University of East Anglia

University of Pennsylvania

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising the University of East Anglia relation to a contentious estate matter.
  • Advising the University of Pennsylvania on a range of legal issues with US and UK aspects.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP provides legal support to the Department for Education and advises universities on a range of matters. The team is led by Emma Moody, who handles governance reviews, fundraising and Charity Commission regulatory action, and Kevin Robertson, who advises government bodies, universities and FE colleges.

Responsables de la pratique:

Emma Moody; Kevin Robertson

Les références

‘The team is very well led with the partner always available, engaged and able to provide excellent advice at short notice.’

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Durham University on its ongoing student accommodation projects which form part of its wider ten year estate strategy for redeveloping and increasing its student accommodation offering.
  • Representing NCFE – a major technical and vocational awarding organisation in the UK -with its in-house legal counsel with the majority of the organisation’s legal work.