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Browne Jacobson LLP’s education department acts for schools and academies on a vast array of issues, including discrimination claims, academy conversions, regulatory work and funding agreements. Mark Blois heads the team, which includes Adrian Shardlow, an academy conversion specialist whose recent caseload includes advising the Minerva Learning Trust on its expansion by way of converting two further maintained Sheffield secondary schools into the trust and transferring an existing secondary academy from its trust into the multi-academy trust. The group also assists multiple Roman Catholic Dioceses, including the Dioceses of Nottingham, Westminster and Salford, with academy conversions and multi-trust academy reorganisations. Other clients include Greenwood Academies Trust, The Priory Federation of Academies and Community Inclusive Trust.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's education practice is particularly strong in student issues and employment law, with a focus on equality and diversity issues, thanks to the Nottingham-based Nicola Bennison. Bennison recently led advice for several Russell Group universities on challenging the awarding of a bronze award in the Teaching Excellence Framework. Bennison also acted for De Montfort University in several employment-related instructions, including holiday and strike pay, industrial action and changes to collective agreements, as well as pensions. The group acts for higher and further education institutions, schools, academies and institutions such as Nottingham Trent University, Moulton College, the University of Derby and Oak Lodge School. James Fry  joined Mills & Reeve LLP.

Freeths LLP focuses on academy conversions, including advising on private finance initiative structures, and on commercial and outsourcing matters. Employment law is another key area, mainly covered by David Potter. Practice head Stephen Pearson advised Nanaksar Thath Isher Darbar Trust, a specialist Sikh school charity, on its transfer to a new academy trust and associated financial support packages from the Department for Education. Other highlights included advising The University of Nottingham on the negotiation of complex property and nomination agreements regarding an 805-bed student accommodation project with Unite. Birmingham Metropolitan College, Shrewsbury Roman Catholic Diocese Board of Education and Landau Forte Educational Trust also feature on the client roster.

Geldards LLP specialises in commercial work for universities, further education colleges, schools and academies. Practice head Paul Hilsdon is the main practitioner and especially well-versed in conducting high-value due diligence. Highlights included advising Lichfield Diocesan Board of Education on its academy programme.

Hewitsons' multi-disciplinary education team advises on real estate and construction projects, data protection law and freedom of information matters, as well as assisting with the restructuring of academies and independent schools and a range of commercial issues, including student and pupil issues and service and outsourcing agreements. Chris Knight heads the team, with key support from associate Virginia Henley. Real estate partners Marc Carter and Patricia Kempson regularly act on behalf of education sector clients.

Howes Percival LLP is particularly adept at assisting with group academy conversions, a specialism of practice head Daniel Banton, and employment-related advice ranging from restructuring to the management of parental complains, which are areas of expertise of Graham Irons. In addition to advising the Learners’ Trust on its growth strategy from a six-school multi-academy trust to one that includes eighteen schools, the group also assisted the University of Coventry with changes to its data protection policy in view of expected General Data Protection Regulation changes. Elston Hall Multi-Academy Trust and Services 4 Schools are also clients.

Langleys Solicitors LLP combines ‘outstanding service’ with ‘exemplary legal knowledge’. Academy conversions make up the largest part of the caseload, but the team is also experienced in education-specific employment work and investigations by local authorities. Practice head Kate Hindmarch recently led advice for the Humber Education Trust on the establishment of a new twelve-school multi-academy trust, involving a mix of existing academies, community schools and a private finance initiative school. Property specialist Peter Horner impresses with ‘fantastic advice’.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited's ‘very good’ team takes on a broad spectrum of instructions, ranging from academy conversions to employment law advice, corporate governance, commercial issues and property-related mandates. Child protection and safeguarding, admission policies and disciplinary issues are other key areas. Laura Kearsley heads the team that includes ‘very competent’ barrister Ian Jones. The client base consists of a mix of schools, colleges, higher education and further education institutions as well as governing bodies, teachers and parents.


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Browne Jacobson LLP primarily advises clients from the public sector such as NHS trusts, but increasingly undertakes work for independent health providers. In addition to its impressive track record in the health sector, the team also handles social care mandates. Practice head Simon Tait recently handled a substantial number of governance-related matters, including in relation to mergers or sustainability and transformation partnerships. Oliver Pritchard advised the Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on its proposed £650m merger with Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, including full pre-merger due diligence, and governance structure and employment advice, while Tait represented the client in an investigation and subsequent inquest into the death of a two-year-old from meningitis.

Freeths LLP’s team ‘is particularly knowledgeable of the demands and challenges within the healthcare sector’ where it assists both public and private sector clients, such as NHS panels and investors. In addition, the team has strong care sector expertise ranging from the development of care homes to financing transactions, with its track record in ‘triple net’ lease security and cross-collateralised security framework agreements as a key stand-out feature. Regulatory, corporate governance and procurement instructions also form part of the caseload. A team under the lead of practice head Jon Smart advised One Housing Group on the agreement for development and leases of four luxury care homes in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. Real estate specialists Thomas Golding and James Clamp ‘are particularly knowledgeable in the sector’.


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Browne Jacobson LLP impresses with its ‘excellent service level’ and is known for its expertise in the areas of planning and commercial law, in particular state aid and procurement, in addition to handling administrative law, environmental law, health and safety work, and commercial advice. Local heat networks, investment property advice, and joint venture instructions are other areas of activity. Joint practice heads Peter Ware and Richard Barlow ‘are able to articulate advice in a readily understandable way’. Craig Elder and associate Alex Kynoch  are also noted. Clients include Derbyshire County Council, Nottingham City Council and City of Lincoln Council.

Freeths LLP acts for county, district and unitary authorities in a wide range of instructions spanning state aid, development projects, judicial review and constitutional reform work. Nathan Holden directs the practice from Birmingham, with Stephen Pearson and James Hart as the main Nottingham contacts. In a major recent highlight, Pearson led advice for Cambridge City Council on the creation of Cambridge Investment Partnership, a housing investment joint venture vehicle between the City Council and Hill Investment. Hart’s recent caseload saw him assist Halton Borough Council with the development of its land for a major new rail-connected train manufacturing and maintenance plant. Milton Keynes Development Partnership is also on the client roster.

Wilkin Chapman LLP’s expertise includes code of conduct investigations, regulatory matters and safeguarding in education as well as commercial instructions, especially regarding data protection. Jonathan Goolden is very experienced in handling cases of alleged misconduct in the public sector, while Jane Eatock is the specialist in public sector employment law.


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