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Browne Jacobson LLP

14TH FLOOR, NO.1 SPINNINGFIELDS, 1 HARDMAN SQUARE, SPINNINGFIELDS, MANCHESTER, M3 3EB, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0370 270 6000
Fax:
Fax 0161 375 0068
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Web:
www.brownejacobson.com

Dai Durbridge

Tel:
Work 0161 300 8037
Email:
Web:
www.brownejacobson.com
Browne Jacobson LLP

Work Department

Business Services: Education

Position

Dai leads the education team on safeguarding matters and also heads up the North West team based in our Manchester office. Dai advises schools, academies and FE and sixth form colleges on frontline education matters, including school admissions and exclusions, parental complaints, disqualification from childcare settings and all safeguarding issues. Dai is known for his expertise on school admissions and appeals, advising on admission policies, helping schools manage appeals, representing schools at admission appeals, challenge the local authority approach to Fair Access Protocol placements and advising on the implications of decisions of the Schools Adjudicator. 

Dai is also a recognised as an expert in safeguarding for schools, supporting clients with stressful safeguarding issues, such as managing allegations against staff, handing disclosures of abuse, discharging the Prevent duty, disqualification from childcare, DBS checks, social media risks, supporting and representing clients during safeguarding investigations and drafting safeguarding policies and procedures for schools, academies and MATs.  Dai has also been instructed to support schools on many high profile safeguarding matters in the national press, mainly with regard to serious allegations against members of staff.  

He has also supported a school with challenging the facts, assumptions, judgments and outcomes prior to the publication of a Serious Case Review Report. This expertise led to his appointment as a safeguarding expert on Optimus Education’s panel of expert advisors. Dai writes articles for various education publications on a range of education matters including safeguarding and admissions with many articles being quoted in the National Press. Dai also appeared in BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss disqualification from childcare settings.

Career

Trained Browne Jacobson; qualified 2003; partner 2011.

Education

Newtown High School; Nottingham Trent University (1998 Law, 2(1)); Nottingham Law School (2001).


London: Public sector

Education: schools

Within: Education: schools

Browne Jacobson LLP provides 'five-star service every time' across areas such as company structures, academy conversions, governance, safeguarding, funding and land issues. It is advising on the creation of the Westcountry Schools Trust, which involved the transfer of six schools. In other work, it is handling whistleblowing issues, a disability discrimination claim and parental complaints. The highly experienced Mark Blois heads the education team nationally and Nick Mackenzie, who specialises in governance and corporate matters, heads the Birmingham team and has 'exceptional knowledge of the sector and is always able to provide sound, clear advice'. Other key partners include Adrian Shardlow, Richard Freeth and Dai Durbridge, 'who is just an outstanding presenter who can make the dullest of topics interesting'.

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North West: Public sector

Education

Within: Education

Browne Jacobson LLP  is ‘outstanding; its knowledge and understanding of education and the wider issues that affect our schools is second to none’. Dai Durbridge, who leads the wider education team on safeguarding issues and heads the Manchester team, is a ‘consummate professional who goes to the upmost lengths to provide professional support, sometimes in the most difficult of circumstances’. Durbridge advises schools, academies, FE and sixth form colleges. Kerren Daly  who works in the employment and education teams has a ‘fantastic knack of getting to the nub of an issue and then follows it up with clear advice’. Legal director Jamie Otter  is ‘extremely responsive, listens well and then ensures that the barriers are removed to secure a successful outcome whenever possible’. The team has been extensively involved in the creation and growth of multi-academy trusts and has recently worked on more than 20 such projects. Such work has included advising on the formation of the Challenge Academy Trust. It has also advised on the setting up of the Bishop Fraser Trust (a Church of England multi-academy trust).

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