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VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

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Barney Northover

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VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

Work Department

Corporate Commercial and Charities




How Can Barney Help You?

With 17 years' experience at VWV advising independent schools and charities on their governance, constitutional review, strategic projects and charity law, Barney is ideally placed to assist you and your school. He has developed a special interest and expertise in advising schools on strategy and structural change including charity mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and collaborations.

Meeting Your Needs

Barney understands the governors' perspective in challenging situations, having been a governor of three schools. He can guide you through the traps and pitfalls and give you the confidence needed to deal with challenging situations and to take difficult decisions in the best interests of your school.

What Others Say

Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 both recommend Barney as a key individual within the 'very commercial' team who is 'highly esteemed for his charity expertise'. The directories quote clients who say that he is 'a genuine strategic thinker' who 'offers calm, practical advice at times when everyone is under immense pressure' and is 'technically very capable and an excellent presence in meetings'.


Barney is a member of the Charity Law Association.

London: Public sector

Education: individuals

Within: Leading individuals

Barney Northover - VWV

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Education: schools

Within: Leading individuals

Barney Northover - VWV

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 West: Public sector


Within: Leading individuals

Barney Northover - VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

Within: Education

VWV provides ‘excellent service and sector knowledge’ with ‘strength in depth’. 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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