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VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

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Emma-Jane Dalley

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VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

Work Department

Corporate Commercial and Charities




How Can Emma-Jane Help You?

Emma-Jane advises a wide range of organisations in the education and healthcare sectors on all aspects of charity, company and trust law. She also provides specialist legal advice to further education colleges.

She has particular experience advising clients in these sectors in relation to major strategic change, constitutional review, maximising assets, mergers, disposals, acquisitions and good governance. Emma-Jane also works in our international law team.

Emma-Jane also specialises in advice on international education projects and UK education sector investment.

Meeting Your Needs

Emma-Jane is a trustee of Fairfield Farm College, an independent specialist college for young people with learning disabilities. She has also been a governor of an independent school that went through major strategic change. These experiences give her valuable insight into the day to day operational demands of schools, charities and care providers and she can give you practical, cost efficient solutions to your legal problems.

What Others Say

"Emma-Jane ‘combines razor-sharp insight and judgement with practical advice and empathy’' - Legal 500

"I have worked closest with Emma-Jane and value her skills extremely highly - clear, decisive, responsive, authoritative" - Finance Director of an independent schools group
"You are such a good friend and legal advisor" - Chief executive of a group of charitable independent schools
"An excellent performance as usual" - Finance director of a large charity


Emma-Jane is a member of the Charity Law Association.

London: Public sector

Education: institutions

Within: Education: institutions

VWV serves an impressive breadth of clients including education investors across the whole of the education sector, with expertise in real estate, governance, state aid and charity law as well as areas such as cyber security. It continues to advise Brunel University London on an array of matters including policy reviews, disciplinary and grievance issues, and other disputes. Bettina Rigg and Emma-Jane Dalley head the higher and further education teams, which have expertise in employment law as well as student pastoral and diversity matters. Con Alexander 'provides practical and easily digestible advice', and on the real estate side the 'accessible and responsive' Michael Halsey and Clive Read are other key team members.

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Education: schools

Within: Education: schools

VWV 'has a strong team and some excellent individual lawyers', who collectively have an impressive range of education-focused specialisms such as charities law, regulations, employment, real estate and commercial matters. The team's client list includes well-known independent schools, academies and colleges. It assisted with the establishment of the Reach South Academy Trust and is currently advising on its acquisition of two academies. It is also handling an exam malpractice matter and is acting for various schools in disputes raised by parents and pupils. Barney Northover, who is based in Bristol, and Yvonne Spencer jointly head the practice and Simon Bevan, who specialises in employment law, leads the firm's safer recruitment training programme. Other noted practitioners include Emma-Jane Dalley and Naseem Nabi. Tabitha Cave  and John Deakin  handle a range of regulatory compliances and Chloe Brunton has notable charities expertise in the education sector.

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South East: Public sector


Within: Education

VWV fields an education team that attracts praise for its 'excellent service and sector knowledge' and for providing 'value for money that is difficult to beat'. The practice has wide-ranging expertise in education-sector matters, although it is in the higher education and further education sectors where it is best known; illustrative clients include The University of Southampton, for which the practice advises on employment matters. Recent work includes defending the client in an employment tribunal claim brought by a former employee for constructive unfair dismissal as well as direct and indirect sex discrimination. The practice also acted for the University of East London on the university's template agreement for the delivery of degree apprenticeships under the government's Apprenticeship Standards. Bettina Rigg heads the education practice from the firm's London office; key figures in Watford include Emma-Jane Dalley and Jon Durham.

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South West: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit

Within: Charities and not-for-profit

VWV advises various national charities, such as Citizens Advice, Volunteering Matters, City & Guilds London Institute and Education Development Trust, as well as, increasingly, charitable independent schools such as Eton College and Christ's Hospital School. The firm also advises faith charities, including the Diocese of Gloucester, the Diocese of Truro and several regional synods of the United Reformed Church. Con Alexander acts for charities, academies, schools and universities, as well as social enterprises across the charity and not-for-profit sector. Emma-Jane Dalley has particular expertise in advising independent schools and further and higher education bodies, as well as charities on franchise projects overseas. The charity team made two hires in late 2017: Paul Voller joined as partner from London firm Bircham Dyson Bell in October, bringing particular expertise in the corporate and commercial aspects of the charity sector, and associate Kate Parkinson joined from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP in November. Senior associate Rachel Tonkin and associate Laura Chesham are highly recommended.

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South West: Public sector


Within: Education

VWV¬†provides ‚Äėexcellent service and sector knowledge‚Äô with ‚Äėstrength in depth‚Äô. It advises on establishment and operation of MATs, education-related corporate property transactions such as mergers, debt finance, refinancing and corporate restructuring, pastoral care issues, policies and procedures, and disciplinary matters. Areas of specialism include procurement and state aid, charity law, governance, safeguarding children, immigration and regulatory compliance. Head of independent schools Barney Northover¬†specialises in governance and strategic matters. Yvonne Spencer¬†is head of academies and maintained schools, and¬†Bettina Rigg¬†leads on higher education. Simon Bevan¬†focuses on regulation and compliance issues such as safer recruitment, child protection incident management and reporting obligations. Tabitha Cave¬†deals with high-profile cases relating to student issues, disputes, regulatory issues, she also specialises historic abuse allegations against independent schools. Emma-Jane Dalley¬†is head of further education and advises on strategic change, constitutional review, maximising assets, acquisitions and good governance. Recent highlights include acting for the University of Bristol with regards to its acquisition of St. Augustines' Courtyard for ¬£11.75m from Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust. Another highlight includes acting for a university in relation to the defence of an employment tribunal claim brought by a former in-house lawyer for unfair dismissal, breach of contract and whistleblowing, the claim was settled before hearing for a much reduced sum.

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