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The ‘highly professional and responsive’ team at Browne Jacobson LLP assists educational providers, including multi-academy trusts, with restructuring and academisation as well as providing regulatory advice and representing institutional clients in discrimination claims. Practice head Mark Blois guided an academy through permanent pupil exclusion proceedings following the outcome of an Independent Review Panel and advised on a parent complaint pertaining to special educational needs and disability discrimination. Adrian Shardlow led a team advising on the creation of multi-academy trusts, including the Yorkshire and Humberside Co-operative Academies Trust comprising five schools in Hull, the Lincolnshire Learning for Life Trust bringing together four special needs schools and Symphony Learning Trust formed of existing academy trusts and maintained schools. The group also advises on mergers and acquisitions of academy trusts, while on the contentious side, it acted for educational institutions in health and safety, defamation, employment and property-related disputes. Venn Academy Trust, Community Inclusive Trust and The Priory Federation of Academies Trusts are also clients.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises schools, higher and further education institutions and associations of colleges on mergers and wider corporate and commercial matters. It also assists colleges with challenging governmental reviews, including Ofsted inspections and regional school commissioners’ decisions. On the contentious side, Nicola Bennison defended University of Derby against a disability discrimination claim filed by an employee. She also assisted New College Nottingham and Central College Nottingham with their proposed merger prior to a strategic area review. James Fry is providing IP and licensing support to Loughborough University and continues to assist Aberystwyth University on matters including the licensing aspects of research collaborations. The firm also advised a university on grant funding agreements for the establishment of an overseas institute.

Freeths LLP assists independent schools and further and higher education institutions with a range of property, employment, contractual and regulatory matters, including academy conversions, funding arrangements for colleges and drafting research agreements. Practice head Stephen Pearson assisted two members of the Diamond Learning Partnership Trust with their conversion into academies and managed apprenticeship agreements for Birmingham Metropolitan College. Pearson also advised the University of Nottingham on the creation of an international college for foundation training, guiding the institution through procurement process, contract drafting and immigration compliance matters. Loughborough University, Oxford Brookes University and Landau Forte Charitable Trust are also clients. ‘Technically excellent’ property specialist Gillian Roberts, who advises charitable and educational trusts on ownership matters, ‘strikes the right balance when working with in-house counsel to establish a strong client rapport’.

Led by Paul Hilsdon, the team at Geldards LLP assists universities, further education colleges, schools and academies with a range of commercial matters. It is best known for performing due diligence on the academy programmes and providing general support with academy conversions. Academy mergers and employment-related advice are other areas of focus. Clients have included Lichfield Diocesan Board of Education, Leicestershire County Council and The Eden Academy.

Hewitsons’ client base includes schools and higher education institutions such as United Learning, Kimbolton School, and several Cambridge University and Oxford University colleges. Led by Chris Knight, the department’s workload includes advising independent schools on property matters and regulatory issues; it provided governance advice to a group of schools and advised an independent school on the renewal of its existing lease from a private sector landlord. Other recent work includes reviewing internal policies and risk management in light of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse as well as assisting a multi-academy trust with acquiring a secondary academy.

Howes Percival LLP handles a range of employment matters for institutional players in the education sector. For example, Alex Payton represented an educational institution regarding race and religious discrimination claims before the employment tribunal. Practice head Graham Irons also assists with parental complaints and Alan Millband is another name to note. Other work includes advising schools on conversion to academies and assisting governing bodies with issuing disciplinary proceedings. Elston Hall Multi Academy Trust, The LEARNERs’ Trust and Heart Education Trust are clients.

Langleys Solicitors LLP’s team is ‘incredibly efficient and knowledgeable’. In addition to employment matters and managing several academy conversion projects, the group assists academy trusts with acquisitions, policy drafting and governance. On the contentious front, it defends special educational needs schools against discrimination claims and recently guided a local authority through a grievance investigation. ‘Astute, erudite and user-friendly’ employment expert Kate Hindmarch has a ‘good eye for detail’ and ‘legal knowledge that knows no bounds’.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited recently strengthened its contentious education practice when barrister Ian Jones joined the firm. The group advises institutional clients on policy changes, governance strategy and corporate matters surrounding joining multi-academy trusts. Data protection issues are another area of focus, including managing subject data requests. Laura Kearsley assists educational institutions with handling disciplinary cases, allegations of discrimination and gross misconduct grievance procedures. Advising parents on matters such as admissions, exclusions and special educational needs is a growing area of practice. John Walker left the firm.


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Browne Jacobson LLP’s Simon Tait heads the firm’s national health practice, and assists NHS Trusts with contentious regulatory matters, inquests and clinical governance. For example, he represented Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust in a six-day inquest into the death of a patient caused by hypoxic brain damage following spinal surgery. Tait also acted for an NHS Trust during an inquest arising from the trial use of transoral robotic surgery and subsequent death of a patient from an oral bleed. On the corporate and commercial side, Oliver Pritchard advises public, private and third sector entities in the health and social care sectors on mergers, acquisitions and restructurings. PCT Healthcare instructed Pritchard on its £65m acquisition of WR Evans, which included a group restructuring and demerger. Pritchard also advised NHS England on updating its national statutory guidance to Clinical Commissioning Groups on conflict of interest management. Ben Troke, who specialises in mental capacity matters and healthcare law, assisted NHS England with preparing guidelines on its discharge policy, countering so-called "bed blocking". Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Leicestershire Partnership Trust and East Midlands Ambulance Service are also clients.

Freeths LLP’s ‘attentive’ team combines ‘industry knowledge with legal expertise and wealth of experience’ to deliver ‘first-rate advice and great background research’. It acts for care home operators as well as banks and private equity investors on financing projects in the health and social care sectors. The client roster includes Oakdene Investments, NHS Shared Business Services, BUPA and Maria Mallaband Care Group. ‘Safe pair of hands’ Thomas Golding acted for LNT Group as a developer on forward commitments with Oakdale Care Group and Target Healthcare REIT for the development and sale of four residential homes, and James Larmour is advising Care UK on its joint venture with Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for the provision of services at Shepton Mallet’s new health and wellbeing campus. Property specialist Jon Smart, who has ‘superb technical knowledge and a can-do attitude’, assisted One Housing Group with the development and lease of a luxury care home in Chelmsford. The ‘utterly thorough and extremely competentPhil Baigent splits his time between Nottingham, Leicester and Birmingham.


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Browne Jacobson LLP’s team advises local authorities on corporate and commercial matters as well as guiding them through procurement, strategic governance and compliance. Practice co-head Peter Ware assisted Broxtowe Borough Council with the establishment of a wholly owned company to deliver a leisure and culture offering. Together with the other practice co-head, Richard Barlow, Ware is acting for Nottinghamshire County Council and Sherwood District Council on the governance aspects surrounding the creation of the North Midlands Combined Authority. The group often advises councils on commercial property and project development; for example, Laura Hughes advised Canterbury City Council on the planning agreement for a mixed-use development, while London-based Stephen Matthews is assisting City of Lincoln Council with the city centre redevelopment project, involving managing land transfers, lease agreements, construction and procurement. Craig Elder advised Nottinghamshire County Council on the procurement process for operating Rufford Abbey Country Park. Anita Bradley joined the team from an in-house position at Cheshire East Council.

Commercial advice and a pragmatic approach’ is what defines Freeths LLP’s ‘efficient group of experts’. Stephen Pearsonconsiders issues from all angles and advises accordingly’; he is assisting Scape Group with the contractual, procurement and governance aspects of its joint venture with Nottinghamshire City Council, established to manage the design, construction and facilities for schools in Nottinghamshire. Pearson also advised Cambridge City Council on the creation of its joint venture with Hill Investment Partnership for the improved utilisation of public sites for new affordable housing. Other highlights included advising Chesterfield Borough Council on the formation of a joint venture to substitute a joint committee of three local authorities managing a crematorium and assisting Halton Borough Council with an investment by Alstom for the construction of a new train maintenance and manufacturing plant.

Wilkin Chapman LLP’s team is a ‘safe pair of hands’ for local authorities seeking advice on code of conduct investigations, regulatory matters, data protection and safeguarding in education. ‘Governance expertJonathan Goolden handles disciplinary investigations on behalf of local authorities such as the investigation into alleged breaches of local authority code of conduct committed by an employee at Cornwall Council. The group also assisted the North East Lincolnshire Council with securing funding and managing the Delivering Differently programme for testing and implementing new service delivery models. Jane Eatock is recommended for public sector employment law.



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