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Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s ‘very professional’ practice is led by Manchester-based Nancy McGuire and has particular strength in real estate, construction and employment matters within the education sector. The team includes construction and engineering expert David Shaw and Andrew Pettinger, who also heads the local government group.

Led by Frank Suttie, the education team at DAC Beachcroft LLP includes real estate expert Eve Gregory and employment and pensions partner James Rhodes. Gregory has been leading the team assisting the University of Sheffield with a number of transactions.

Eversheds LLP’s national team handles major transactions for both national and overseas institutions. Manchester-based practice head Diane Gilhooley advises on contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including high-value tribunal proceedings, whistleblowing and trade union issues. The team includes Ben Wood, who primarily handles academy work.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s education department is headed by Martin Priestley, who leads on commercial matters, and Victoria Goddard, who handles real estate matters. Also recommended are employment specialist Christopher Mordue and Julian Sladdin, who was promoted in 2015.

At DLA Piper UK LLP, Roger Gough specialises in commercial contracts, joint ventures and IT agreements for clients such as the University of Sheffield. The team is led by Andrew Clarke and Richard Taylor.

Irwin Mitchell’s team is headed by Laurence Gavin, who advises on commercial matters for educational institutions at all levels, and Kirsty Ayre, who leads on employment matters. Julie Morrissy has been advising Sheffield Hallam University on a number of real estate and procurement matters.

Schofield Sweeney recently expanded its West Yorkshire offering following its merger with Armitage Sykes. The ‘approachable and calm’ Helen Hirst primarily advises multi-academy trusts on governance structures, as well as academy conversions. Also recommended are employment partner Simon Shepherd and the ‘knowledgeableAndrew Hurst.

Led by Simon Anderson, Walker Morris LLP acts for further education institutions on a wide range of matters, including employment, campus redevelopments and commercial transactions. David Kilduff led the team assisting Every Child Matters Academy Trust with the conversion of three schools to academy status.

Ward Hadaway’s ‘outstanding’ multidisciplinary practice is headed by the ‘extremely good’ Graham Shaw. It advises educational institutions at all levels on a wide range of issues, including governance, employment and commercial contracts. It also handles academy conversions. Karen Andrews, who splits her time between Newcastle and Leeds, led the team advising St. Aidan’s Church of England High School on its move from a single academy trust to a multi-academy trust structure.

Wrigleys Solicitors LLP’s ‘proactive’ group is led by ‘excellent negotiator’ Elizabeth Wilson and the ‘outstanding’ Chris Billington, and is noted for its ‘overall excellent service’. Clients include educational institutions and charities.

Lupton Fawcett Denison Till’s education team is jointly headed by Jonathan Moore and the ‘knowledgeableMichele Phillips, who has been leading the team advising Bradford Diocesan Academy Trust on a number of academy conversions.

Rollits LLP is noted for its ‘impressive sector knowledge’. The team is led by the ‘insightful’ Tom Morrison, who handles strategic and commercial issues, and includes the ‘excellent’ Caroline Hardcastle, who is highly experienced in dispute resolution matters.

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