Richard Freeth > Browne Jacobson LLP > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Browne Jacobson LLP
B2 4BU

Work Department

Business services: education


Richard has over 20 years’ experience in advising schools and local authorities on a wide range of education issues. His advice has covered both maintained and academy schools. He leads the national education team’s pastoral/advisory practice and supports schools on a range of complex issues including advising on admission arrangements, objections to the school adjudicator and admission appeals; training and supporting schools on behaviour and exclusion issues, including clerking appeals and training IRP members; supporting schools on Equality Act issues including representing schools on claims arising from disability discrimination; advising on SEN issues including funding, admissions and the relationship with the local authority and dealing with complex parental and pupil issues, including complaints.

In addition, Richard is leading the firm’s growing work in supporting local authorities on SEN issues. This includes the provision of advice on SEN casework matters as well as advice and representation on SEN tribunal appeals. Richard continues to work on academy transfers and conversions and has led on over 100 of such projects.


  • Anthony Collins – 2007 – 2011
  • Warwickshire County Council – 2003 – 2007
  • Hertfordshire County Council – 1998 – 2003


  • Education Law Association


  • Solicitor – admitted November 1999
  • Postgraduate Diploma – Legal Practice
  • LLB (Hons) – Law
  • MA – Disability Studies

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Public sector > Education

(Leading individuals)

Richard FreethBrowne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP‘s ‘very knowledgeable team’ has a comprehensive practice throughout the education sector, which encompasses employment law, admissions policies, commercial agreements and safeguarding matters. ‘Trusted counsel’ Nick MacKenzie stands our for his wealth of experience advising executives, chairs and trustees in relation to governance and strategic projects; recently, he advised numerous clients on academy transfers, including Thrive Education Partnership and Core Education Trust. Richard Freeth assists schools with various matters, including admissions, behaviour and exclusion issues, Equality Act matters and parental and pupil issues. Helen Badger has expertise in employment law matters affecting the education sector, including whistleblowing, TUPE and equal pay mandates and exit strategies. Associate Lydia Michaelson-Yeates is noted for her strong track record in governance and general commercial agreements in the academies space, while associate Hayley O’Sullivan stands out for her expertise in exclusions and equality issues affecting schools and multi-academy trusts.