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Diane Gilhooley heads the education sector group at Eversheds LLP and is ‘very strong in the HE and FE sectors’. The team advises higher and further education institutions as well as schools and academies such as Bangor University, Bradford College and Cambridge Education Group.

The ‘outstanding’ team at Weightmans LLP is led by Martin Vincent, who is ‘calm, confident, pragmatic, with the ability to see the solution to complex problems’. Also recommended are ‘experienced and knowledgeable’ property specialist Janice Weatherly and Steve Peacock, who advises on all aspects of employment in the education sector and who has ‘exceptional HE knowledge’.

Addleshaw Goddard LLP provides ‘sensible and timely’ construction, real estate and employment advice to key clients including Lancaster University and Bruntwood. Nancy McGuire is recommended on the non-contentious side and the ‘technically excellent and very clever’ Malcolm Pike is highly regarded for his employment advice in this sector. Michael O’Connor is ‘hugely experienced’.

Browne Jacobson LLPdelivers advice in an easy-to-follow format’. The ‘extremely helpful and responsiveDai Durbridge advises schools, academies, further education and sixth form colleges on a broad range of matters from school admissions and exclusions to all safeguarding issues. Clients include Dixons Academy Trust and Salford Academy Trust. On the employment side, Kerren Daly joined from DWF.

Hill Dickinson LLP has a ‘very solid team’ that acts for schools in both the maintained and the non-maintained (independent and academy) sectors, as well as higher and further education institutions, local authorities and educational charities. Recommended figures include Luke Green, who is now a partner, David Rawlinson, who heads the school team, and Iain Campbell, who heads the higher education team. Bright Futures Educational Trust and Essa Foundation Academies Trust are clients.

Maxwell Gillott Solicitors has a strong reputation acting for pupils and parents against schools, and advises on education matters for individuals under legal aid and privately. Imogen Jolley is well regarded and James Betts is recommended for cases where there is an overlap between community care and special educational needs.

Mills & Reeve LLP’s clients include the Royal Northern College of Music and The Manchester College. Anne Fairhurst is recommended for her property advice to educational clients and Sara Barrett for her employment advice.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s ‘first-rate’ team acts for major universities, contractors, landowners and developers on high-profile projects in the education sector. The ‘unflappable, hardworking and extremely knowledgeableMichael Pocock has particular skill in campus developments and student accommodation fields.

Jonathan Whittaker heads the team at SAS Daniels LLP, which advises educational institutions on HR and employment issues. John Cook left the firm in April 2016 to establish his own practice.

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