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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: Human resources


Within: Employment

‘Leaders in its field’, the team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP ‘takes a very strategic view’ and ‘will always offer a recommendation rather than sit on the fence’. The group, which is lauded for ‘having its finger on the pulse of industrial relations’, is particularly noted for its expertise in the financial services, education and technology sectors to the energy and retail sectors. It handles a wide array of employment work, from cross-border outsourcing and reorganisation matters, to senior executive issues, equality and diversity issues, and TUPE.  Mark Fletcher heads the team, which includes Nicola Bennison and principal associates Mark Pipkin, an expert in employment tribunal work, and industrial relations specialist Clare Ward, who ‘has an excellent eye for detail, is very approachable and sees the bigger picture’. On the contentious side Pipkin successfully defended Pendragon against a complex claim involving disability, sex and sexual orientation discrimination and whistleblowing. Other clients include Crown Manufacturing, Specsavers and new client United Closures and Plastics.

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East Midlands: Public sector


Within: Education

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's education practice is particularly strong in student issues and employment law, with a focus on equality and diversity issues, thanks to the Nottingham-based Nicola Bennison. Bennison recently led advice for several Russell Group universities on challenging the awarding of a bronze award in the Teaching Excellence Framework. Bennison also acted for De Montfort University in several employment-related instructions, including holiday and strike pay, industrial action and changes to collective agreements, as well as pensions. The group acts for higher and further education institutions, schools, academies and institutions such as Nottingham Trent University, Moulton College, the University of Derby and Oak Lodge School. James Fry  joined Mills & Reeve LLP.

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London: Public sector

Education: institutions

Within: Education: institutions

The 'good all-round team' at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises a range of educational institutions including universities and educational bodies on matters ranging from setting up overseas establishments to the merger of schools. Its comprehensive expertise spans high-level policy advice, in addition to advisory and disputes matters. It acted for a number of further education colleges on their extensive work participating in the national Strategic Area Review and also acted for the Association of Colleges and Havering Sixth Form College on a judicial review challenge to the decision of the Department for Education to approve a new sixth form college at a school in the Borough of Havering. Key team members include Glynne Stanfield, Alison Oldfield and Nicola Bennison. Simon Chamberlain specialises in property-related matters, and Ben Wood handles employment and governance. With a 'national reputation', Diane Gilhooley is the well-known head of the firm’s national and international education sector group.

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