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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Nicola Bennison

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Eversheds Sutherland

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Nicola Bennison leads the national student issues team in the education group. Nicola has worked with institutions in the HE and FE sectors for more than 20 years. Nicola has a dual specialism in student issues and employment law with a particular focus on equality and diversity.

Nicola regularly advises on student issues focussing on student complaints, disciplinary and litigation matters, particularly involving issues of discrimination. Recent experience includes advising in relation to complaints by students with a range of disabilities, defending claims by students for race and age discrimination, for religious discrimination and for admission by students with SEN.

Her work also includes employment law matters, contentious and non contentious, including claims for unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, whistle blowing and equality and diversity issues, particularly dealing with the management of internal grievances, and strategic HR issues.  Nicola has particular experience of dealing with termination arrangements for senior employees.

Nicola is an expert on TUPE and outsourcing issues and has worked with a range of local government organisations on the HR issues for public private partnerships with a focus on strategic and incremental partnerships including joint venture arrangements..

Nicola is an experienced advocate appearing in the Courts and the Employment Tribunal.

She is a regular speaker conferences for a range of organisations as well as a regularly providing in-house training on student and HR issues.






East Midlands: Public sector


Within: Education

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP acts for academies, higher and further education institutions, and various schools. Nicola Bennison, who is the name to note, specialises in education-related Employment Tribunal matters, as well as student issues and regulatory challenges.

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London: Public sector

Education: schools

Within: Education: schools

The education practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has considerable experience in the academies sector and is renowned for acting as a 'one-stop-shop' for all of the legal needs of schools. Jointly overseen by Ben Wood and Diane Gilhooley, the team has sector strengths in commercial property (where Charlotte Tanikal is particularly active), corporate law and regulatory matters, enabling it to handle complex restructurings, mergers and conversions. The team also handles judicial review proceedings and the management of social media issues such as defamation. Other team members include Glynne Stanfield, who leads the international education practice area; employment lawyer Nicola Bennison, who leads the national student team; and Helen Cairns. The corporate education practice has been strengthened with the appointment of Jon Baskerville to the partnership.

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