Hayley O'Sullivan > Browne Jacobson LLP > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Browne Jacobson LLP
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Hayley is a senior associate in the education team and the key client contact and day-to-day advisor for a number of large multi-academy trusts. 10 years PQE, she advises an array of schools on a broad range of education law issues with particular expertise in exclusions and equality issues. She also frequently advises schools on SEND, admissions, policies, safeguarding, Ofsted challenges, GDPR and Data Protection, complex parental complaints and the challenges social media poses for schools. She provides a wide range of governance advice and has extensive experience of advising an academy conversions and transfers. In 2021  she successfully defended the first nationally known case of its kind in respect of a schoolgirl who was seeking to bring an injunction in the High Court to force the school to abandon its policy relating to the use of masks in classrooms.

In addition Hayley is an accomplished speaker, having presented at a number of conferences on a wide variety of topics including transgender issues in schools and best practice in exclusions and has run webinars on the Timpson Review and anticipated changes to the exclusions framework.


  • Member of Birmingham Futures Mentoring Committee since May 2013
  • Member of the Association of Corporate Governance Practitioners
  • Park Hall Academy – governor – April 2012 – April 2014
  • Farnborough Secondary School – governor – September 2010 – September 2011


  • Solicitor – admitted September 2011
  • LPC
  • LLB law (Hons)

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Public sector > Education

(Rising stars)

Hayley O’SullivanBrowne 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.