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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is widely considered the market leader in the higher education field, with practice head Diane Gilhooley being singled out by one client for her 'unrivalled sector experience'. The team has a full-service offering for institutional clients; it advises on employment law, domestic and cross-border student matters, real estate and regulatory advice. Chris Mordue handles employment law issues for universities, and is also experienced in complex disputes. The group's international teams have a presence in the Asian and Middle Eastern markets, catering to clients seeking to establish operations abroad; Glynne Stanfield, who specialises in education sector mergers, is a key contact. Ben Wood is recommended for contentious employment matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Diane Gilhooley

Autres avocats clés:

Chis Mordue; Glynne Stanfield; Ben Wood

Les références

‘Di Gilhooley- unrivalled sector experience and a practical and supportive approach.’

‘The sectoral knowledge of Di Gilhooley is second to none. Her ability to work with both lay and paid senior colleagues is exceptional and very much appreciated. Chis Mordue has excellent knowledge and an understanding of the practical implications of industrial relations. He is especially good at advising at a strategic and tactical level. Robert Gray manages the team on a day to day basis and always ensures that we get high quality and timely service. Value for money every time.’

‘The employment team that we work includes a number o subject matter experts who work collaboratively/ collectively to find the best way forwards for us at all times. They are not risk-averse and have an eye to demonstrating ROI for the investment in their services to the University. They are highly responsive to our needs and when necessary pull out all the stops for example where something is highly sensitive. They are generally great to work with.’

Principaux clients

London South Bank University

Middlesex University

The Universities and Colleges Employers Association

National Oceanography Centre

Richmond, the American University in London

Portsmouth University

Reading University

Vanta Education

BPP University

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

Brunel University London

University College London

Capital City Colleges Group

New City Colleges Group

Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Hult Education

Global University Systems

Northeastern University

Medical Research Council

Principaux dossiers

  • Provided legal advisory work and training to The Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) over 170 member institutions in relation to a range of areas within the last 12 months, including immigration, employment law, and holiday pay for workers.
  • Advised the National Oceanography Centre on its transition to independence from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
  • Advised the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology on its transition to independence from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). The firm advised on its establishment as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee with charitable status and the transfer of all the relevant rights.

Farrer & Co

Farrer & Co has 'experts in the field', as is evidenced by their work for high-profile and longstanding clients in the higher education sector, including the University of Oxford. David Copping, who is the head of the higher education group, advises clients on a host of matters such as commercial and IP, as well as international projects. Sam Macdonald is the key contact for the establishment of charitable organizations abroad. Both Macdonald and Julian Smith have vast experience of advising on charity law issues in the higher education sphere. Kathleen Heycock is the key name for advice on employment issues.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Copping; Sam Macdonald

Autres avocats clés:

Julian Smith; Kathleen Heycock

Les références

‘For me, the main strength is the way the advice is given – they take the time to understand what you need and then they communicate it in a way a nonlegal specialist can understand and that is invaluable.’

‘The team is highly technical with high calibre lawyers who are very responsive.’

‘Farrer has strength in depth in understanding the public sector, and from my perspective, higher education in particular. This shines through in its advice on governance and charity law, where there is authority, deep knowledge, valuable connections, and a mindset that recognises the need to find a solution rather than restate a problem. From a firm of such distinction, there is also authoritative experience and advice in company formation, joint investments, and the frameworks governing these. Governance for universities commonly stretches across subsidiary companies and joint ventures. Having the expertise and individuals who can advise safely and with insight is crucial. Farrer can do that readily.’

‘The associates and partners we work with know us very well and are therefore able to offer practical and actionable advice. They are also experts in their respective fields and are up to date on trends and market practices. Specific mention goes to Jeremy Isaacson (senior associate), who is an excellent adviser in the areas of consumer protection and IP, as well as David Copping and Peter Wienand (both partners), who are always very responsive and provide excellent advice on projects and in certain compliance areas.’

Principaux clients

Imperial College London

The University of Cambridge

The University of Oxford

King’s College London

Universities UK

London Business School

The Open University

The Rhodes Trust

The University of Westminster

University of Warwick

Principaux dossiers

  • Ongoing advice to King’s College London on major international collaborations, including its proposed ground-breaking multi-year collaboration with SUSTech (Southern University of Science and Technology) to establish a joint medical school at SUSTech’s campus in Shenzhen, China.
  • Ongoing advice to the University of Cambridge on a range of governance and related matters. These have included advice to its Development Office (alongside its in-house lawyers) on major giving; advice on internal appeals; advice on constitutional amendments and extensive regulatory advice in relation to the University’s Endowment Fund.
  • Advised the Open University on the acquisition by SEEK, an Australian based recruitment business, of a 50% stake in the OU’s online degree platform, FutureLearn for a price that valued the FutureLearn business at £100m.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP is a major name in the higher education sector, under the leadership of practice head Gary Attle. Its team handles complex and high-profile matters for universities, including Russell Group clients. Its expertise includes academic freedom of speech, sexual harassment on campus and data protection. Richard Sykes has a specialism in governance matters.  On the employment side, Nicola Brown leads the team for the higher education sector and is recommended along with Nick Abbott. Experienced real estate lawyer Christian Bull advises schools and universities on the sale and purchase of commercial properties.

Responsables de la pratique:

Gary Attle

Les références

Really extensive knowledge of higher education legal issues within the sector demonstrated through various virtual round tables organised with heads of legal and other in-house lawyers during Covid.’

Truly a leading team in the higher education sector, advising >100 HE clients. They know the sector inside-out and are well informed of the business side of what their clients are doing.

Gary Attle- a legal leader in HE in UK and very well regarded within the industry. Very much a heavy hitter.’

Principaux clients

Imperial College London

King’s College London

Kingston University

Queen Mary, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London

University of East London

The University of West London

University of London

The Royal Veterinary College, London

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented the University of London in judicial review proceedings brought by the IWGB trade union seeking to challenge UK legislation relating to trade union recognition.
  • Acting for the Kingston University in relation to its project with Equitix and Engie (in consortium) for the funding, design, refurbishment and operation of 1,332 student rooms.
  • Advising three Cambridge Colleges on a private placement of debt with an institutional investor.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP's practice is renowned in the higher education space and is led by Leeds-based Victoria Goddard. The full-service team has 'world-class knowledge of the sector' and handles the full gamut of education matters for an impressive roster of clients, including Russell Group universities. In Birmingham, Gayle Ditchburn leads the universities commercial, regulatory, and governance sub-group, which handles complex structuring mandates and various corporate matters. Helen Corden is the national head on the employment side and advises clients on discrimination claims, harassment and cross-border issues. Julian Sladdin, who is the key name for litigation connected with the higher education sector, has expertise in freedom of speech matters and safeguarding (Prevent strategy) measures.

Responsables de la pratique:

Victoria Goddard

Les références

‘The team, led by Gayle Ditchburn, is very commercially minded whilst providing clear and accessible legal advice. It has a real understanding of the education sector, from both a public and private provider perspective and, as such, is exceptionally well placed to offer advice and guidance on a range of issues, whether that be regulatory, corporate, commercial or any other sector related matter.’

‘It is extremely responsive and always provides a high level of service, even at the shortest notice. It is a highly skilled team, committed to responding to, and protecting, its clients interests in the most commercially minded way.’

‘Gayle Ditchburn is an expert in her field. She has a vast knowledge of the sector and offers clear, pragmatic advice. She is always responsive and makes herself available at the shortest of notice. She has taken the time to understand the nuances of our business and her advice reflects it. She is a trusted adviser to the firm.’

‘World-class knowledge of higher education sector, in all aspects: regulatory, property, borrowing, commercial activities, human resources, charity. Highly skilled, yet pragmatic team with good negotiators. Responsive.’

‘Victoria Goddard leads the HE practice, and is our client partner. She is helpful, responsive, knowledgeable, caring, easy to work with, and diligence.’

‘They are prepared to explore the issue from many different angles and be creative.’

‘Gayle Ditchburn provides outstanding assistance to our regulatory work; as Helen Corden does for HR work.’

‘Julian Sladdin understands the issues faced by the sector. Provides sound, pragmatic advice and is very effective is helping teams navigate complex issues. Very calm, knowledgeable and supportive.’

Principaux clients

London School of Economics & Political Science

University of London

University College London

University of Edinburgh

University of Sussex

Student Load Company

Cardiff University

JISC

University of Aberdeen

HESA

University Arts London

University of Huddersfield

University of Birmingham

Nurture Higher Education Group

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority

Queens University Belfast

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised the University of New South Wales in connection with its ground-breaking tri-partite joint venture with King’s College London and Arizona State University to establish a new specialist engineering institution in London called “TEDI-London”.
  • Acted for the University of Sheffield In the Court of Appeal. The firm defended a legal challenge brought by Felix Ngole, against a decision to withdraw him from a course leading to professional registration with the HCPC. The case is a leading decision on the need to balance the expression of religious beliefs and questions of fitness to practice in professions.
  • Advised the University of Cardiff in relation to its establishment of the Cardiff University International Study Centre. The Centre and pathway provision will be managed by Study Group and we advised on the management agreement which appointed Study Group to market and manage the Centre.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP is 'excellent' for advice on matters concerning the higher education sector. Led by 'go-to lawyer' Smita Jamdar, the practice has considerable experience of advising university clients on a myriad of issues, such as real estate, employment law, disputes and regulatory matters. In Birmingham, Geraldine Swanton has expertise in various student-related issues, and she advises on the Equality Act and human rights law. David Browne is the key employment lawyer in the team, who is noted for his experience of terminations, sexual misconduct claims and major restructuring mandates. Tom Long is also recommended.

Responsables de la pratique:

Smita Jamdar

Autres avocats clés:

Geraldine Swanton; David Browne; Tom Long

Les références

‘Excellent both legal and sector knowledge. Stands out from other firms in giving really pragmatic, well thought through advice. Always able to help and very responsive. Plus team members are a pleasure to work with. Employment advice always excellent.’

‘Whilst Smita has a very high profile – she is well supported by a great team of colleagues who provide clear and good advice as well as their regular education sector blog which has been particularly helpful during the current crisis with their wide range of webinars.’

Smita Jamdar, in particular, is really excellent, incredibly well-informed and engaged commentator on the legal implications of higher education law, regulation and practice. Her twitter is prolific and her regular contributions to conferences and events across the higher education sector are both entertaining and informative maker her the “go-to” lawyer for most in the higher education sector.’

Geraldine Swanton is exceptional. Such a reassuring voice at the end of the phone.’

‘A very well co-ordinated team which is able to provide expertise promptly in all the legal areas which arise within the Higher Education context.’

‘Very strong sector knowledge and experience allows the team to understand requirements quickly and tailor their approach to needs. This also allows them to respond quickly and in meeting requirements.’

Always responsive, approachable, knowledgeable about the sector, straight to the point. They use senior-level lawyers (partners or legal directors) as the primary contact and I don’t feel like our work gets pushed down to the most junior lawyer so that they can make a bigger margin. Instead, the work is dealt with efficiently. This firm’s model is different and it definitely works with an in-house legal client.’

Principaux clients

King’s College London

Roehampton University

Goldsmiths College

University College London

University of West London

Royal Veterinary College

Wiltshire College

Oxford Brookes College

Point Blank Music School

Italia Conti

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Staffordshire University on the redevelopment of its campus, specifically the Catalyst Building.
  • Advised Dudley College of Technology on the development of its Institute of Technology.
  • Carrying out effectiveness reviews of governance and working with governing bodies to support regulatory compliance.

VWV

VWV's practice is jointly led by Birmingham-based Jane Byford and Emma-Jane Dalley in Bristol. The multidisciplinary practice has specialisms in charity law, safeguarding, regulatory compliance, immigration and international projects. In London, Michael Halsey has expertise in complex grievance and harassment issues. Bob Fahy is another key contact in the team. Bettina Rigg left the team to lead the higher education practice at Browne Jacobson LLP.

Responsables de la pratique:

Jane Byford; Emma-Jane Dalley

Autres avocats clés:

Michael Halsey; Bob Fahy

Les références

‘Their advice is always clear thanks to the business-minded approach of each team member we worked with. Projects practically run themselves when VWV is involved. In a testament to VWV’s competence, I would only add that we have maintained a strong relationship with them over a number of years now.’

The team are knowledgeable but understand us as their client. They respond promptly and explain matters in lay person’s terms.’

Principaux clients

Brunel University, London

Bishop Grosseteste University

East Sussex College Group

The Institute of Cancer Research

King’s College London

London Metropolitan University

London South Bank University

Middlesex University

Royal Academy of Music

South Bank Colleges

University of the Arts London

University of East London

University of Exeter

University of Greenwich

University of Reading

University of Southampton

Writtle University College

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised a large London university on the management of a complex and long-running disciplinary process against a senior member of academic staff together with multiple (62) grievances and complaints by the individual concerned.
  • Advised the Royal Academy of Music in helping to secure a substantial legacy from Anne Naysmith who unknown to Anne at the time of her death had inherited her Mother’s estate and despite Anne’s invalidly executed will.
  • Advising the university on taking over the assets, liabilities, staff and learners of a Further Education college, with the aim of providing education, from secondary through to degree level, including FE provision.

Bates Wells

Bates Wells advises university clients on a wide range of disciplines, including employment, charity law, and corporate and compliance issues post mergers. Following the departure of former practice head Caraline Johnson, specialist charity lawyer Abbie Rumbold now leads the team, which advises clients on establishing new operations, mergers and sensitive disposals. Lucy Mclynn, who leads the employment group, acts for further education colleges. William Garnett is also a key contact. Public sector litigator and regulatory partner Emma Dowden-Teale is experienced in acting for clients in the First-Tier Tribunal.

Responsables de la pratique:

Abbie Rumbold

Les références

‘The team is really excellent at client handling, in terms of managing the difficulties of engaging in unexpected and unwanted litigation. The team is very good at providing pragmatic and efficient advice. From what I have seen, they are very accessible to their clients.’

‘Emma Dowden-Teale – partner, very knowledgeable and experienced. Very good at devising a pragmatic way forward in a difficult situation.’

Principaux clients

Unified Seevic Palmer’s College

Barking and Dagenham College

Trinity College

The London Interdisciplinary School

Urdang Academy

West Herts College

Fashion Retail Academy

Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx)

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Barking & Dagenham College on the establishment of an Institute of Technology jointly with Coventry University and other employer partners, including TfL and Huawei.
  • Advised a London Interdisciplinary School on commercial and fundraising matters, the establishment of a charity and real estate matters.

BLM

BLM's higher education practice is skilled in handling a wide range of issues relating to freedom of speech on campus and academic disputes. In addition, it is also particularly noted in discrimination claims. Team head Elliot Pound has over two decades of experience advising colleges and universities on a broad cross-section of student and staff issues. Richard Wilkins is a key contact for litigation and contentious matters concerning universities.

Responsables de la pratique:

Elliot Pound

Autres avocats clés:

Richard Wilkins

Principaux clients

RSA

Ecclesiastical

Zurich

Cambridge University

Exeter University

Imperial College London

King’s College London

The Royal Veterinary College

University College London

University of Central Lancashire

University of East Anglia

University of East London

University of Roehampton London

University of Surrey

Birkbeck, University of London

Brunel University London

Goldsmiths, University of London

Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education

Lancaster University

London Metropolitan University

Newcastle University

Portsmouth University

Sheffield Hallam University

University of Nottingham

University of Portsmouth

University of Reading

Bridgwater & Taunton College

Dover Technical College

Kingston College

Somerset College

Yeovil College

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for the University of Central Lancashire in defending a ‘freedom of speech’ claim brought by a student who was suspended as a result of comments in relation to Islam and his right-wing political views.
  • Acted for numerous universities in relation to claims brought by students relating to lost teaching time caused by mass strike action by teaching staff.
  • Defending Imperial College London against High Court proceedings brought by a former lecturer who was dismissed after a disciplinary hearing.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP demonstrates strong capabilities advising higher education institutions and regulatory bodies. Practice head Stephen Hocking has over two decades of experience in the education sector and is the recommended contact for commercial law advice. In Newcastle, Nicola Fairbairn assists higher education and further education institutions with property investments and development projects, while James Harrison is the national head of the non-contentious construction practice.

Responsables de la pratique:

Stephen Hocking

Les références

‘They are a pleasure to deal with and in many ways out-perform other firms in the sector.’

‘Strength in depth of knowledge and experience about local authority structures and duties/liabilities. Good working relationships.’

‘The knowledge and experience of individuals is built up over years working together.

Principaux clients

United Kingdom Research and Innovation

Higher Education Funding Council for Wales

Newcastle College

The Office for Students

Jisc

OFSTED

University of Sunderland

Queen Mary University of London

University of Sheffield

Faraday Institution

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for Manchester College on its acquisition of the ex-Boddingtons Brewery site in Manchester from Deansgate Securities by way of an option in consideration of a purchase price of £21 million.
  • Acting for Newcastle University on the drafting and negotiation of the terms of a new building contract (The Sir Terry Farrell Building) with the appointed contractor and the consultants’ appointments and associated warranty package.

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP's education practice is experienced in advising leading higher education institutions on large-scale projects, which often have an international angle. Led by Martin Vincent, the team acts for leading universities on real estate, discrimination claims and construction matters. Susan Matthews advises on sensitive student matters related to misconduct and fatalities on campus. Richard Vaughan is the name to note for contentious construction and development advisory work.

Responsables de la pratique:

Martin Vincent

Les références

Very responsive and customer-focused. Good understanding of the needs of the organisation and the sector. Can provide a one-stop solution.

Andrew Roberts oversees the account and is very supportive. He is highly professional and manages the relationship with the organisation in an excellent manner. Demonstrates excellent knowledge and genuinely cares.’

Principaux clients

University of Greenwich

Queen Mary University

Solent University

Open University

Manchester Metropolitan University

Leicester University

Sunderland University

Cumbria University

Lancaster University

Newcastle University

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented the University of Greenwich in the successful defence of multiple claims from a current member of the academic staff for discrimination on the grounds of sex and disability.
  • Advised Solent University in relation to a defamation claim threatened by a former member of their academic staff, who took exception to comments made by SU’s staff, that a commercial product being developed by the former academic member of staff’s company infringed intellectual property.
  • Acted for Queen Mary, the University of London on the negotiation with Transport for London of a licence with them, as well as procuring, negotiating and concluding the demolition and construction contracts for a new university building on the Mile End Campus.

Blake Morgan LLP

Blake Morgan LLP has a sizeable offering in the education sector, with the practice being led by experienced practice head Matthew Smith in Cardiff. The higher education team handles a range of contentious and non-contentious matters for further education and higher education clients. The workload includes litigation, specialist education tribunal matters and advice on governance issues. Tim Forer is a name to note for advice on employment issues. while Penri Desscan handles procurement work. John Deech is a commercial property specialist.

Responsables de la pratique:

Matthew Smith

Autres avocats clés:

John Deech; Penri Desscan; Mike Wilson; Tim Forer

Les références

‘Blake Morgan LLP is unique, due to the commitment, dedication and professionalism of its staff. The team became an extension of my organization, providing high-quality advice and quality assurance during a complex, high-value procurement. The Blake Morgan team was integral to the success of the procurement, embraced the strategic objectives of my organization and ensured the procurement was compliant and the organization’s interests and reputation were protected at all times.’

‘I have worked recently with Matthew Smith – his diligence, client handling and communication skills are second to none.’

‘Penri Desscan (Partner): extensive experience in technology solutions procurement, guided the organisation through a high value, complex technology solution procurement.’

Principaux clients

New College, Oxford

Balliol College, Oxford

Cardiff University

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Oxford Foundation for Theoretical Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence

St Dominic’s Sixth Form College

Portsmouth Diocesan Trust

University of Reading

Christ Church College, Oxford

Brasenose College, Oxford

University College, Oxford

University of Winchester

University of Chichester

Hereford Sixth Form College

Swansea University

Magdalen College, Oxford

University of South Wales

Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising New College, Oxford on the procurement approach, the appointment of its design team, and construction contracts in relation to its proposed redevelopment of a new Quadrangle within the College estate.
  • Acting as legal advisers to professional conduct panels of the TRA (and prior to that, the General Teaching Council for England) in relation to disciplinary proceedings against teachers.
  • Advised Cardiff University on all the procurement, contractual and commercial aspects of its 10-year IT Network Refresh Project (valued in the tens of millions). The project was significant and complex given that the University operates an extensive data communications network serving multiple stakeholders – its staff, students and visitors – across circa 300 buildings in Cardiff.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP's higher education practice is led by experienced practitioner Bettina Rigg, who joined from VWV in April 2020. The strengths of the multidisciplinary team are evident in areas such as real estate, employment law and intellectual property. Birmingham-based partner Dominic Swift is recommended for advice on governance and contractual issues. IP specialist Selina Hinchliffe is active in transactional and standalone advisory work. On the projects side, Alex Kynoch leads on contentious and non-contentious public procurement matters. Employment partner Kerren Daly is described as 'exceptional' by clients. Mark Blois is another notable individual.

Responsables de la pratique:

Bettina Rigg; Dominic Swift

Les références

‘There is a palpable depth of understanding across the practice. The team members are approachable, unrushed and make themselves available whenever needed – in person or via telephone and email.’

We work with Selina Hinchliffe, Sam Sharpe, Nick McKenzie, Anja Beriro, Alex Kynoch in particular – all are individuals, but all are experts who are willing to work in a way which works for us as a client. As per the above box – they make the difference in the way they work with us. We have an honest relationship, which works both ways.’

My primary contact is Kerren Daly and I have worked with her for many years in a number of different firms and I believe she is an exceptional employment lawyer. She is pragmatic and works proactively with me as her client to manage risks and understand business requirements.’

‘Dominic Swift – client-focused, great at developing the relationship and making you feel valued. Also successfully builds relationships on a personal level. Asks the right questions and has a genuine desire to understand the workings of the client.’

Kerren Daily is fantastic. She adds real value to our work, takes time to understand our needs and is highly effective in her advice and guidance.’

‘I have always found the lawyers at Browne Jacobson willing to work differently with in house teams – genuinely collaborative in approach, willing to be flexible and think outside the box when trying to fix issues from live casework to recruitment and development of staff. They can work like an extension of the in house team – a much needed distinguishing factor as against their peers in the market.’

While the team have detailed knowledge of the education sector, they consistently take a pragmatic approach that supports the clients understanding and ensures decisions are meaningful. They understand the requirements to such an extent that options, and recommendations, are clear and timely.’

Principaux clients

Bristol Geological Survey (university collaboration)

Brooksby Melton College

Burton and South Derbyshire College

Edge Hill University

Hull College Group

King’s College London

Loughborough University

Nottingham Trent University

University of Leicester

University of Salford

Principaux dossiers

  • In the wake of guidance issued by the Competition and Markets Authority in 2015 around consumer protection for university students and prospective students, the firm assisted the University of Leicester with reviewing and checking its approach to ensuring compliance with consumer protection law.
  • Advising a university on its proposals for expanding the operation of its Productivity and Innovation Centre, which is intended to support SMEs in the local area. The firm advised on the state aid implications of the university’s funding and structuring of the programme, looking at the potential benefits to recipients and ensuring that the approach is state aid compliant.
  • Assisting Nottingham Trent University with managing significant internal change, given the challenging and competitive nature of the HE sector.

Burges Salmon LLP

Burges Salmon LLP has considerable expertise in the education sector and retains its position as being one of ten firms appointed to the national legal services framework agreement for higher education. Practice head Matthew Ramus is experienced in project work. In addition, the team includes key employment lawyers Luke Bowery and Adrian MartinJohn Houlden, who is the head of the firm's public sector team, is a notable expert in procurement and projects.

Responsables de la pratique:

Matthew Ramus

Autres avocats clés:

Luke Bowery; John Houlden; Adrian Martin

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

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Babcock Training Limited on the contractual arrangements necessary to enter into a partnership with the Metropolitan Police Service as the lead provider of the delivery of new recruit training and assessment through two new Level 6 qualifications.
  • Ongoing advice to the University of Bristol on a new £300 million campus development in Bristol city centre.
  • Appointed by the DfE to draft a substantial set of legal precedent and associated guidance documents for use by Local Authorities in the UK considering Children’s Services Alternative Delivery Models. The firm advised Central and Local Government on major Children’s Services restructuring programmes.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is a well-known name among universities, for whom it handles banking and finance, dispute resolution and employment law work. Led by the 'outstanding' Daff Richardson in Oxford, the practice has a niche reputational management sub-group, which assists clients with student-related issues and social media matters. In Cambridge, Hilary Aldred is a go-to for advice on contentious and non-contentious employment issues. Also recommended are immigration head Pat Saini and Hazar El-Chamaa, who advise London-based universities on student visa matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Hilary Aldred; Daff Richardson

Autres avocats clés:

Pat Saini; Hazar El-Chamaa

Les références

‘Pennington Manches have a large team of employment lawyers with Higher Education expertise who sit across their various offices.’

‘Daff Richardson has outstanding expertise across employment law and education law, and is well placed to advise Universities and others on cross-over issues. Sophie Whitbread has similarly broad expertise, and is similarly well placed.’

Principaux clients

King’s College, London

UCL Business PLC

Florida State University

City & Guilds London Institute

University of Surrey

University of Derby

University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate

Navitas/SAE

Stanford University

ICMP Management Limited

St Mary’s University, Twickenham

Christ Church, Oxford

Principaux dossiers

  • Urgent strategic reputation management advice in relation to an article published by an academic which attracted complaints that she was running a propaganda campaign for the benefit of a controversial overseas regime.
  • Defending employment tribunal proceedings brought against a number of education clients by an individual. The claims are complex, wide-ranging and historic.
  • Providing support in relation to Brexit preparation for employees and students of higher and further education clients, and member organisations.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP advises higher education institutions on restructurings, mergers and governance issues. Newcastle-based practitioner Emma Moody handles various commercial and compliance issues for clients. Kevin Robertson, who heads up the projects group, advises both public and private sector clients, including universities and diocesan bodies. On the employment front, Christina Tolvas-Vincent in Southampton is an expert in a wide range of issues, including dismissals and discrimination.

Responsables de la pratique:

Emma Moody

Les références

Their attention to detail is first class, but more importantly, the interpersonal skills are brilliant. The head of service Kevin Robertson sets the standard for his team to follow and he sets an incredibly high standard. Because of this approach to their clients, it is always a pleasure to work with the team from WBD.’

‘They always go that extra mile to solve our problems. The work they provide is first class and it is always delivered on time and within budget. They are a very trustworthy and honest team. The standout individual is Kevin Robertson. A special mention must also go to Peter Cantwell who is another outstanding employee of WBD.’

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP's education offering in the UK is part of a larger global practice, which is co-led by David Hansom in London and Ross Barfoot in Abu Dhabi. The team in London advises universities on a broad cross-section of matters, including procurement law and regulatory issues, as well as the impact of Brexit. Graham Mitchell is noted for his employment law expertise. Simon Gamblin is experienced in public and private sector M&A.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Hansom

Autres avocats clés:

Ross Barfoot; Graham Mitchell; Simon Gamblin

Les références

‘Their accessibility and approachability, attention to detail and knowledge make them exceptional in the field of education.’

‘Simon Gamblin and Ben Chalkley stand out to us as having gravitas, which comes with deep knowledge, and yet they are approachable and give confidence. They handle vendors and their lawyers well and this makes for smoother acquisitions. they stick to timings and are always available.’

Principaux clients

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

Principaux dossiers

  • Ongoing strategic advice to clients on key issues facing the higher education sector in the UK, including Brexit readiness, commercial funding arrangements and transactions.
  • Acting for University College London (UCL) on a range of commercial law matters related to the projects for the institution, including innovative partnerships between the university and the private sector.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

At Trowers & Hamlins LLP, the education group is experienced in advising clients on a wide variety of matters, such as governance, commercial and contractual issues and real estate transactions (including acquisitions, disposals and leases). Also notable is that the team works with its real estate and international development practice groups to deliver on multimillion pound projects. The practice is jointly led by Assad MaqboolHelen Randall and Birmingham-based partner Amardeep Gill.

Responsables de la pratique:

Assad Maqbool; Helen Randall; Amardeep Gill

Principaux clients

Chase New Homes

Secretary of State (via the Department for Education) and LocatED

CORE Education Trust

Department for Education

The Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising Chase New Homes on the construction of 153 new build properties on a school playing field with the developer providing a new £26m school as payment for the land.
  • Advising Core Education Trust on employment matters.
  • Advising Secretary of State (via the Department for Education) and LocatED on free Schools, Priority School Building Programme, and mixed used development programme.

Withers LLP

Withers LLP's practice is characterised by its UK and international reach, with the London team working closely with New York-based partner Alana Petraske, who is dual UK/US-qualified. The firm draws on its strengths across a wide range of disciplines to advise clients in the higher education sector, including employment, immigration, health and safety and real estate. Its varied workload includes cross-border transactions, reputation management and university transfers. Chris Priestley is the key name for international tax advice, while James Shaw is experienced in university spin-outs and Richard Cassell handles estates and trusts matters. Alison Paines advises charities, education bodies and research institutes.

Principaux dossiers

  • Provided Columbia University with an extensive compliance review for its dual-qualified UK fundraising affiliate; this involved review of its constitution, its trustee decision-making and grant-making procedures.
  • Continued support to Georgetown University on a wide range of issues relating to its two UK affiliates, including immigration, data protection and structuring advice in relation to the Transnational Centre for Legal Studies.
  • Continued advice to McGill University on an extensive governance restructure in respect of its UK-affiliated entity.