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Stone King LLP fields ‘solution-focused’ independent and state school teams led by John Clarke and Michael Brotherton, respectively. Clarke excels in overseas ventures and Brotherton, who was recently promoted to partner, handles contentious matters.

Veale Wasbrough Vizards’ expertise includes regulatory compliance, procurement, staff reorganisation and local authority funding. Barney Northover and Emma-Jane Dalley head the independent schools and further education practices, respectively, and act for clients including Eton College and UCL.

Browne Jacobson LLP’s clients include Aspire Academy Trust and Exmouth Community College, which the firm acts for on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including governance and employment law. Practice head Julia Green focuses on academy conversions.

Foot Anstey assisted Bristol University Student Union with the £30m redevelopment of its central building. Other work includes school mergers and academy conversions. Duncan Tringham and Karen Bates lead the department.

At Harrison Clark Rickerbys, practice head Kristine Scott ‘has a fantastic understanding of the education sector’, particularly pupil and parent matters such as data protection and exclusions. Philip Heath joined as head of academies from Weightmans LLP following Matthew Wolton’s move to Clark Holt.

Irwin Mitchell is ‘an outstanding public law firm and its education practice is no exception’. ‘Amazingly talented claimant lawyer’ Polly Sweeney heads the group and excels in cases where the child has complex disabilities and when there is a community care/education crossover.

Michelmores LLP bolstered its contentious capability with the recruitment of barrister Russell Holland. Practice head Antony Power concentrates on academy structures and capital projects. Clients include state-funded schools and universities.

Ashfords LLP’s expertise includes academy conversions, school mergers and child protection issues. Department head Helen Tucker is highly regarded.

Bevan Brittan LLP’s Andrew Tobin, who works in London and Bristol, advises on capitally funded projects and acts for a number of local authorities.

Burges Salmon LLP’s Matthew Ramus advised the Department for Education on the establishment of a corporate vehicle to deliver the social care and education services of Slough Borough Council.

At Osborne Clarke, procurement expert Chris Wade advises on student accommodation deals and funding arrangements.

Porter Dodson LLP acts for independent schools and academies on conversions, and on corporate and employment matters. Practice head Lesley Gaskell is well regarded.

Steele Raymond LLP’s expertise includes whistleblowing and academy conversions. John Andrews manages the practice.

Wilsons’ Stephen Oxley advises independent schools, academies, charities and universities.

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