The lawyers in our education team are drawn from our specialist legal teams bringing together the necessary experience and expertise to advise across a broad range of legal areas affecting the sector. In addition to having a professional commitment to the sector, several of our lawyers have a personal commitment in sitting on school or college governor boards and being actively involved in promoting business engagement particularly between employer organisations and futher/higher education. This has enabled our lawyers to have a full and rounded understanding of the legal, regulatory and operational challenges facing the sector and to provide practical and cost effective solutions.


We advise all types of educational institutions and in addition organisations providing services or wishing to partner with them. We provide services in the following areas:


Corporate structure, constitution and governance;


Sales and acquisitions of independent schools;

Joint ventures including shared services;

Commercial activities including contracts and consumer services;

Banking and project finance;

Conversion to acadamies and federations;


Employment (including disputes, negotiations with unions and advising on TUPE) and HR (reviewing policies, procedures and employment contracts);

Estate management and development including major projects;

Information law including data protection and freedom of information;

Intellectual property protection and exploitation;

University spin outs and commercialisation;

Litigation, including ADR and judicial review; and

Construction disputes, including adjudication.


We advise a number of independent schools on a full range of legal matters and have experience in assisting further/higher education establishments.


We constantly look at providing added value to our clients including providing relevant legal updates, seminars and where possible the opportunity to network with organisations/individuals capable of making a positive contribution to our clients' businesses.


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Principal contact


Mark Daly

Mark Daly


Simon Ratcliffe

Simon Ratcliffe


Selene Holden

Selene Holden


Tim Mendes da Costa

Tim Mendes