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At Birketts LLP, Abigail Trencher leads the education practice, which includes commercial and charity legal director Erika Clarke, real estate partner Kath Herbert, employment specialists Tim Tyndall and Clare Hedges, and litigation senior associate Sara Sayer. Clients include Ipswich School, West Suffolk College and The College of West Anglia.

Eversheds LLP’s ‘premier national education practice’ includes Glynne Stanfield in Cambridge, who leads the international education and corporate governance team. He advised US-based Hult International Business School on its £65m strategic alliance with Ashridge Business School. Employment and governance specialist Matthew Kelly is also recommended.

Hewitsons is ‘very responsive and has an extensive range of knowledge’. The ‘very knowledgeable’ Chris Knight leads a team that is singled out for its ‘easily accessible’ partners. He advised West Suffolk College on its academy conversion. Construction partner Colin Jones, property expert James Simpson and rural business lawyer Denise Wilkinson are also recommended.

A fantastic firm to work with’, Mills & Reeve LLPprogresses matters quickly and efficiently’. Acknowledged higher education law expert Gary Attle and associate Monika Sobiecki, who is also a qualified barrister, are ‘extremely experienced and efficient’. Other key lawyers include property partner Andrew Wood and projects expert Raith Pickup, who both advised Goldsmiths College on the £50m transfer of student accommodation to Campus Living Villages.

Clients of Stone King LLPhave great confidence in the quality and veracity of the firm’s advice’. Roger Inman, who leads the firm’s national team, and senior associate Ciara Campfield are ‘concise and provide good value for money’. Highlights included advising West Suffolk College on the sponsorship of a new multi-academy trust and the acquisition of Suffolk One.

Caroline Eade’s team at Taylor Vinters provides ‘excellent analysis of the issues and helpful suggestions’. Employment and charities specialist Christine Berry is noted for her ‘experience, attention to detail and thoroughness’. Eade advised academic research library Tyndale House on becoming an independent charity. Other clients include University of Leicester and numerous Cambridge colleges.

David Woods’ team at Greenwoods Solicitors LLP now acts for seven Cambridge colleges and is a strong regional player in the independent schools sector. Employment partner Robert Dillarstone and property partner Stephen Illingworth are key to the firm’s comprehensive service offering.

Specialist higher education firm JG Poole & Co. LLPprovides an excellent service and prompt responses’. Jason Poole ‘thinks outside the box to solve complex issues’ and clients appreciate the ‘practical advice and invaluable expertise’ of Jan Harris. Clients include Anglia Ruskin University and University of Salford.

Associate Polly Langford at Leathes Prior is ‘approachable and responds readily to clients’ requests with clear advice’. The firm advises universities and independent schools such as Norwich School and Town Close House. Litigator Mike Barlow is recommended and immigration judge Tim Cary is a boon to education clients.

Penningtons Manches LLP provides ‘fast responses and good advice’ on employment matters for the education sector. Hilary Aldred advised Bell Education Services on a tribunal claim involving a dismissed teacher. The ‘personable and knowledgeable’ Anna Henry is also recommended.

Steeles Law’s team is ‘very knowledgeable, reasonably priced and well versed in academisation’. ‘Responsive and helpful’ corporate partner Richard Bailey and employment specialist Oliver Brabbins, who ‘brings expert knowledge to the table’, are recommended.

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