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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Glynne Stanfield

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Glynne is a partner and read law at Jesus College, Oxford. He heads Eversheds Corporate and International Education practice.

Higher Education

He advised on the merger to create the University of Manchester; incorporations of the Universities of Cumbria, Roehampton, University of South Wales, and led on the first tripartite university merger to form the University of Wales Trinity St David

He advised on the setting up of the QAA and OIA. He acts for the Russell Group for which Eversheds LLP is company secretary.

He advised Apollo Global on its takeover of BPP. He advised the University of Law on the structure which permitted its sale and recently acted for GUS in buying it from Montagu.

He acted for Hult in their recent strategic alliance with Ashridge Business School.

He recently acted on the setting up of both The Alan Turing Institute and The Crick Institute.


He had advised on many campuses including Newcastle University medical one in Malaysia theirs in Singapore, City University in Dubai and UCL in Australia and Abu Dhabi.

He acts for many private education companies including PE firms.

He was asked by David Willetts, then Universities Secretary, to provide non-political input into the most recent White Paper on HE reform.

He has written governance papers for the UUK, 157 Group and for The Leadership Foundation.

Further Education

He has advised a number of FE colleges in sponsoring academies.

He has advised on many FE mergers (including the demerger of K College) and federations (including Kingston/Carshalton and Warwickshire/South Leicestershire)

He is recognised as a leading lawyer in the UK legal directories "Legal 500" and "Chambers".

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East Anglia: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is ‘clearly knowledgeable in the sector and is always commercial, approachable and good value for money’. Clients praise Glynne Stanfield, head of the firm’s UK governance and external relations practice and head of international education group, who works from the Cambridge and London offices. Principal associate Stephen O’Reilly acts for a wide client base of charities operating in the health, social care, education and scientific research sectors. He assists clients with the establishment and registration of new charities, releasing permanent endowment restrictions, completing charity mergers, corresponding with the Charity Commission and advising charities on governance issues, such as payments to charity trustees. Senior associate Sasha Willmott advises charities on employment matters. The firm hired associate Elen Griffiths from Farrer & Co to assist clients with charity law and governance matters. The team recently acted for The Alan Turing Institute on a multimillion-pound agreement with HSBC to enable its data scientists to carry out long-term research into economic data. The firm also advised the National Land Based College on its registration as a charity with the Charity Commission and assisted the Further Education Trust for Leadership with its provision of a grant to fund a research position at University College London. The firm’s clients include the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Turning Point and the Medical Research Council.

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East Anglia: Public sector


Within: Leading individuals

Glynne Stanfield - Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Within: Education

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is ‘commercial, approachable and good value; the firm has good industry knowledge and good depth in its team’. A market leader nationally, the firm is known for advising universities on domestic and international matters; sixth form colleges on academisation; and schools on governance and employment matters. The ‘highly committed and client-orientedGlynne Stanfield leads the international education and corporate governance practice and combines ‘sector knowledge with the appropriate pragmatism’. Stanfield and senior associate Nathalie Jacoby-Danesh (who is ‘impressive and highly experienced around contracts with higher education providers’) advised Apollo Education Group on the sale of shares to a private equity consortium. Employment partners Matthew Kelly and Geoffrey Mead advised 28 further education and sixth form colleges in the East Anglia region, as well as industry bodies such as the Association of Colleges, on the implications of the national Strategic Area Review exercise reviewing the delivery of post-16 education. Cambridge Regional College and Global University Systems are also clients.

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London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides ‘helpful advice in a very timely fashion’, with principal associate Stephen O’Reilly noted as ‘very knowledgeable about the charity sector’. The group has experience across the education, health, regeneration, mental health and social justice sectors, and has considerable expertise in advising research institutions and grant makers. Recent highlights include advising the National Land Based College on its registration as a charity with the Charity Commission; and advising on the establishment of Paris Dauphine International (an English charitable company limited by guarantee) and its registration as a charity. Glynne Stanfield is also recommended.

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London: Public sector

Education: institutions

Within: Education: institutions

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s group handles a range of contentious and non-contentious work for higher and further education institutions, including Waltham Forest College and Kensington and Chelsea College. It assisted several further education and sixth form colleges with the national strategic area review exercise and handled the procurement, construction and planning issues of a strategic refurbishment and property development project for London Metropolitan University. Glynne Stanfield advised Apollo Education Group on the regulatory and compliance aspects of its acquisition by a consortium of private equity firms and assisted Research Councils UK with the formation of UK Research and Investment. On the contentious side, litigator Alison Oldfield and Nicola Bennison acted for the Association of Colleges and Havering Sixth Form College in a judicial review challenge to the Department for Education’s decision to approve a new sixth form college in the London Borough of Havering. Practice head Diane Gilhooley is renowned for her expertise in human resources matters; Simon Chamberlain specialises in property-related matters; and Ben Wood handles employment and governance issues. Christopher Mordue joined the team from Pinsent Masons LLP.

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