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In a reflection of Browne Jacobson LLP’s ‘excellent educational law knowledge’, Mark Blois advised key client Greenwood Academies Trust on pre-funding agreement matters in connection with a new special free school. Blois also assisted on a potential provision academy project, and advised on a large-scale policy review. Adrian Shardlow is also recommended.

Eversheds LLP routinely handles mandates for prominent educational institutions such as Nottingham Trent University, University of Derby, University of Wolverhampton, and University of Manchester. The firm is continuing to advise Loughborough University on several IP matters, including the licensing of developed technologies and the settlement of patent claims. Nicola Bennison and James Fry are the names to note.

Chris Knight’s practice group at Hewitsons continued to act for clients such as the Milton Keynes College, the United Church Schools Trust, the United Learning Trust and Merton College, Oxford on a range of educational issues. The team is especially renowned for its expertise in the areas of real estate and construction, commercial contracts, employment, and information and data protection.

Stephen Pearson heads Freeths’ education team, which has experienced a significant uptick in academy conversions. Clients include colleges and universities such as Loughborough University, Harper Adams University College and Nottingham Trent University, as well as schools such as Bringhurst School and Abbots Bromley School for Girls Limited.

Geldards LLP acts for Church School Trusts on property, governance and HR issues. The practice is also acting for Lichfield Diocesan Board of Education on its academy conversion programme. Paul Hilsdon is the key contact.

Howes Percival LLP advised St Martin’s Multi Academy Trust on its formation and is assisting Hatton Academies Trust on the sponsorship of two primary schools. Employment expert Graham Irons is recommended.

John Walker heads Nelsons Solicitors Limited’s ‘excellent’ practice, which covers all aspects of academisation and the formation of multi academy trusts. The firm also works with Nottingham Trent University’s law school to provide pro-bono advice to start-up companies.

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