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Bettina Rigg

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How Can Bettina Help You?

Having worked for many years advising employers, FE colleges and universities on all aspects of employment law including advising colleges and universities on issues relating to students, Bettina is ideally placed to assist your organisation. She has a special interest in equality and diversity issues and regularly provides training to Boards of Directors, Governing Bodies and Senior Management teams.

Meeting Your Needs

As a member of the Council of the University of Exeter for 9 years, Bettina really understands the corporate and education sectors and her clients benefit from her understanding of the wider context. Her active involvement with key national further and higher education policy organisations (including the Equality Challenge Unit) enables her to contribute to her clients' strategic planning. She relishes finding creative solutions.

In 2016, Bettina was invited by the Equality Challenge Unit to work on a project between the Equality Challenge Unit and the Leadership Foundation to develop an online resource for university governors and governing bodies around the topic of equality and diversity.

What others say

Chambers & Partners recommend Bettina as "a key individual in the national further and higher education sector and she is recognised for impressing clients with her client management skills and for always inspiring 'total confidence'."

Chambers & Partners also stated "Bettina Rigg is highlighted by clients for having 'her feet on the ground and a good understanding of the education world'. She advises a wide range of clients on matters relating to employment law."

"Bettina Rigg stands out as someone who has a wealth of professional knowledge and has grown a personal reputation within our sector as a ‘go to’ person for advice and overview on current trends. Bettina advises at national level as well as institutional level and has been competitively selected to lead workshops at the annual UHR conference." - Jacqui Marshall, Deputy Registrar and Director of HR, University of Exeter

London: Public sector

Education: institutions

Within: Education: institutions

VWV serves an impressive breadth of clients including education investors across the whole of the education sector, with expertise in real estate, governance, state aid and charity law as well as areas such as cyber security. It continues to advise Brunel University London on an array of matters including policy reviews, disciplinary and grievance issues, and other disputes. Bettina Rigg and Emma-Jane Dalley head the higher and further education teams, which have expertise in employment law as well as student pastoral and diversity matters. Con Alexander 'provides practical and easily digestible advice', and on the real estate side the 'accessible and responsive' Michael Halsey and Clive Read are other key team members.

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South East: Public sector


Within: Education

VWV fields an education team that attracts praise for its 'excellent service and sector knowledge' and for providing 'value for money that is difficult to beat'. The practice has wide-ranging expertise in education-sector matters, although it is in the higher education and further education sectors where it is best known; illustrative clients include The University of Southampton, for which the practice advises on employment matters. Recent work includes defending the client in an employment tribunal claim brought by a former employee for constructive unfair dismissal as well as direct and indirect sex discrimination. The practice also acted for the University of East London on the university's template agreement for the delivery of degree apprenticeships under the government's Apprenticeship Standards. Bettina Rigg heads the education practice from the firm's London office; key figures in Watford include Emma-Jane Dalley and Jon Durham.

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