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

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Hayley is a senior associate in our education team and specialises in advising a number of institutions on a broad range of education law issues with particular expertise in exclusions and equality issues including disability discrimination tribunals. Noted as a ‘rising star’ in the West Midlands, Hayley has been credited as a key member of the education team in legal directory Chambers and Partners and is well known amongst our client base.

Hayley frequently advises on pastoral issues including admissions, SEND, policies, complex parental complaints, safeguarding and the challenges social media poses for schools, as well as governance and projects work. Clients value her proactive approach, speed of support and her pragmatic and sensible advice. Her strategic outlook and ability to advise on degrees of risk in different scenarios has attracted a growing number of clients who view her as their go-to trusted advisor.

In addition to her advisory work, Hayley is an accomplished and engaging speaker having presented at a number of conferences on a wide variety of topics including transgender issues in schools and best practice in exclusions. She is also experienced at providing training to senior leaders and governing boards on an array of topics, and has developed a comprehensive equality, diversity and inclusion programme. Her approachable, straight-talking style and the way in which she brings topics to life through case studies and her own experiences has led to numerous testimonials from clients who value her insights into various topics.


  • 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 ‘first class’ education team offers a comprehensive practice with a strong focus on higher education in the West Midlands and across the UK. The team is known for being deft with complex, political and media-sensitive issues. Nick MacKenzie leads the team, acting as a key contact for many of the firm’s significant clients. He has a wealth of experience in advising executives, chairs and trustees in relation to governance and strategic projects. Richard Freeth leads the national education team’s advisory practice and supports schools on a range of issues including admission arrangements, Equality Act issues, clerking appeals and parental complaints. Helen Badger  has expertise in employment law matters affecting education. Associates Lydia Michaelson-Yeates and Hayley O’Sullivan are key members of the team. Senior associate Philip Wood is experienced in advising school and academies on issues relating to the Equality Act.