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Clients of Anderson Strathern rate it as ‘one of only a handful of firms to have a meaningful degree of knowledge and experience of education law’. The firm advises universities and schools on issues including legislative, outsourcing, employment and civil liability matters. Practice head Alun Thomas represented the University of Stirling in a Supreme Court case against the UCU regarding fixed-term employees.

Brodies LLP advises universities on matters including intellectual property, governance and commercial issues. Brenda Scott advised the University of Edinburgh on a range of partnerships and collaborations, and Christine O’Neill advised the Scottish Qualification Authority on a variety of issues including the extent of its powers and Scottish Parliamentary procedure.

CMS advises universities on real estate matters, funding agreements and issues, among other matters. Intellectual property specialist Carina Healy assisted the University of Glasgow with a £4.5m investment into a diabetes research company. Practice head Laurence Ward advised the University of Dundee on an IT project.

Burness Paull LLP’s education practice has particular strength advising on construction projects for schools and universities. Chris Mackay advised Fettes College on a £6.5m construction project including a new teaching block. Other clients include Falkirk Council.

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP advises schools and universities on issues including IP exploitation, employment and high-profile construction projects. Euan Wilson advised Aviva Public Private Finance on the financing for a new school. Mark Macauley heads the practice.

MacRoberts LLP advises its education-sector clients on construction projects, spin-outs and governance matters. Laurence Fraser advised The University of the Highlands and Islands on the development of a new teaching facility. Practice head Robin Corbett joined from DWF.

Pinsent Masons LLP advises on IT procurements, land acquisitions and funding agreements. Chris Martin assisted JISC with the procurement of a new data warehouse system and Hugh Bruce-Watt acted for the University of Edinburgh on a real estate acquisition.

Shepherd and Wedderburn provides ‘a diligent service’ to clients including The University of Edinburgh, which it advises on employment matters. Neil Maclean leads the practice.

Lesley Larg leads the practice at Thorntons Law LLP and carried out a strategic review of the University of St Andrews’ trade marks. Jamie Kerr’s expertise includes education-specific immigration law matters.

BTO Solicitors LLP advises colleges, schools and leading educators on employment and discrimination matters. David Hoey is singled out for his track record on Equality Act matters.

Clyde & Co LLP is noted for its ‘high standard of response time and support’ on human resources, discrimination and negligence issues. Robert Kingexplains challenging Equality Act matters excellently’. Ranald Macpherson leads the team and is also recommended.

Harper Macleod LLP advises on development projects, spin-outs and planning matters. Clients include Derwent Living and the University of St Andrews. Euan Mitchell heads the practice.

Ledingham Chalmers LLP advises schools and institutions on discrimination, admissions, governance and human resources challenges. Kirk Tudhope and Jennifer Young are key contacts. Clients include the University of the Highlands and Islands.

At Morton Fraser, practice head David Walker advises colleges on employment law matters.

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