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Rachel Billen

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Rachel is an associate solicitor in the fimr's employment team, specialising in all aspects of employment law for maintained schools, foundation schools, academies and multi academy trusts.  She was admitted as a solicitor in 2004.  Her educational work includes:

  • advising schools/academies on the TUPE issues arising from academy conversion, as well as arising on in/out sourcing of contracts
  • advising academies on the day to day employment issues arising within the workplace, including disciplinary procedures, grievances, performance management, the management of sickness absence/performance management, redundancies/re-organisations and providing panel support at internal hearings
  • preparing contracts of employment, policies and procedures, service agreements and other employment documentation for academies, also advising on the necessary steps required to negotiate, consult and implement them
  • negotiating severance packages and settlement agreements on behalf of academies   
  • dealing with tribunal on behalf of academies in a variety of claims from unfair dismissal, discrimination, wrongful dismissal, etc. 
  • dealing with employment related civil litigation, including civil claims of discrimination and negligent misstatement


  • Irwin Mitchell – 1999 - 2000
  • Lee Crowder – 2000 - 2002
  • Veitch Penny – 2002 - 2012


  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice - 1999
  • LLB (Hons) -  Law & European Studies - 1998

South West: Public sector


Within: Education

Browne Jacobson LLP advises on a broad range of education matters such as MAT conversions, alternative structures, and acquisitions and mergers. It also provides human resources (HR) advice to schools on matters such as redundancies and restructures, disciplinary and grievance, unfair dismissal, discrimination, performance management, contractual issues and employment policies. Julia Green heads the team in Exeter and focuses academy conversions. Victoria Hatton advises on governance, the corporate aspects of academy conversions and contentious issues such as admissions, discipline, exclusions, special educational need and discrimination claims. Daniella Glynn advises maintained, academy and independent schools on a broad range of HR issues. Rachel Billen focuses on employment law matters including TUPE aspects of academy conversion. Recent highlights include advising Lighthouse Schools Partnership in increasing the size of its MAT portfolio in Bristol, which involved complex negotiations with the local authority. Other clients include Westcountry Schools Trust, South West Bristol Co-operative Learning Trust, Exmouth Community College and Keskowethyans Multi Academy Trust.

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