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VWV

NARROW QUAY HOUSE, NARROW QUAY, BRISTOL, BS1 4QA, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0117 925 2020
Fax:
Fax 0117 925 2025
DX:
7831 BRISTOL
Email:
Web:
www.vwv.co.uk

Simon Bevan

Tel:
Work 0117 314 5238
Email:
Web:
www.vwv.co.uk
VWV

Work Department

Education

Position

Partner

Career

How Can Simon Help You

With over 19 years' experience advising schools and colleges, Simon is ideally placed to advise you in all aspects of education employment law

He has become the first port of call for many client relationship, his focus being to understand you and your school's needs. He has developed expertise in incident management, safeguarding and safer recruitment, restructuring, salary scales, contracts and procedures, as well as employee relations.

Meeting Your Needs

Simon is an employment law specialist.

He understands that schools want to focus on education and seeks to provide practical and commercial solutions in routine as well as challenging times. He leads the firm's Safer Recruitment training programme which is now in its tenth successful year of meeting the sector's safeguarding agenda.

What Others Say

Simon has been described as having "a very good understanding of how independent schools work". He is "grounded and commercial." Chambers & Partners

Clients remark that he "gets back to you, gives full advice and is always available." Chambers & Partners

Simon Bevan is "expert, professional, charming, patient." Legal 500

Member

Simon spent his early career lecturing law in universities. He is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association (ELA) and was previously a school governor.


London: Public sector

Education: individuals

Within: Leading individuals

Simon Bevan - VWV

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Education: schools

Within: Leading individuals

Simon Bevan - VWV

Within: Education: schools

VWV 'has a strong team and some excellent individual lawyers', who collectively have an impressive range of education-focused specialisms such as charities law, regulations, employment, real estate and commercial matters. The team's client list includes well-known independent schools, academies and colleges. It assisted with the establishment of the Reach South Academy Trust and is currently advising on its acquisition of two academies. It is also handling an exam malpractice matter and is acting for various schools in disputes raised by parents and pupils. Barney Northover, who is based in Bristol, and Yvonne Spencer jointly head the practice and Simon Bevan, who specialises in employment law, leads the firm's safer recruitment training programme. Other noted practitioners include Emma-Jane Dalley and Naseem Nabi. Tabitha Cave  and John Deakin  handle a range of regulatory compliances and Chloe Brunton has notable charities expertise in the education sector.

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South West: Public sector

Education

Within: Leading individuals

Simon Bevan - VWV

Within: Education

VWV provides ‘excellent service and sector knowledge’ with ‘strength in depth’. It advises on establishment and operation of MATs, education-related corporate property transactions such as mergers, debt finance, refinancing and corporate restructuring, pastoral care issues, policies and procedures, and disciplinary matters. Areas of specialism include procurement and state aid, charity law, governance, safeguarding children, immigration and regulatory compliance. Head of independent schools Barney Northover specialises in governance and strategic matters. Yvonne Spencer is head of academies and maintained schools, and Bettina Rigg leads on higher education. Simon Bevan focuses on regulation and compliance issues such as safer recruitment, child protection incident management and reporting obligations. Tabitha Cave deals with high-profile cases relating to student issues, disputes, regulatory issues, she also specialises historic abuse allegations against independent schools. Emma-Jane Dalley is head of further education and advises on strategic change, constitutional review, maximising assets, acquisitions and good governance. Recent highlights include acting for the University of Bristol with regards to its acquisition of St. Augustines' Courtyard for £11.75m from Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust. Another highlight includes acting for a university in relation to the defence of an employment tribunal claim brought by a former in-house lawyer for unfair dismissal, breach of contract and whistleblowing, the claim was settled before hearing for a much reduced sum.

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