Mark Blois > Browne Jacobson LLP > Nottingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Browne Jacobson LLP
MOWBRAY HOUSE
CASTLE MEADOW ROAD
NOTTINGHAM
NG2 1BJ
England

Work Department

Business Services

Position

Mark is a Partner and Head of the Education team with over twenty years’ experience as an education lawyer. He has been recommended as a Leader in his field in ‘Chambers UK’ and ‘Legal 500’ for more than fifteen years. He was named Lawyer of the Year at the Nottinghamshire Law Society Awards in 2012 and designated a National Leader of Governance by the National College of Teaching and Leadership in 2015.

Mark regularly speaks at national conferences including those of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), National Association of Head teachers (NAHT), the Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL), National Governance Association (NGA) and the National Association of Special Educational Needs and has been interviewed by BBC Panorama, Radio Four and Sky News.

Career

Trained Browne Jacobson; qualified 1998; judicial assistant Court of Appeal 1998; partner Browne Jacobson LLP 2006.

Memberships

  • NCTL designated National Leader of Governance (NLG)
  • Chair of LEAD multi-academy trust (9 strong primary  school academy group) – chair of governors

Education

York University (BA Hons History and Philosophy 2(1)); University College, London (MA Law, Merit).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Public sector > Education: institutions

(Hall of Fame)

Mark BloisBrowne Jacobson LLP

Following Bettina Rigg‘s arrival from VWV in April 2020, Browne Jacobson LLP has rapidly expanded its schools and academies education practice into the HE market. Key strengths for the group include real estate, employment and transactional IP work. Rigg advises universities and colleges on operational and strategic issues, and is highly experienced in defending equality, diversity, inclusion and discrimination claims. She jointly heads up the practice with Dominic Swift, who supports clients on contractual and governance matters as well as major property projects and the development of effective estate strategies. Mark Blois, who has over twenty years’ experience as an education lawyer, is also noted.

London > Public sector > Education: schools

(Hall of Fame)

Mark BloisBrowne Jacobson LLP

Mark Blois leads Browne Jacobson LLP‘s outstanding education practice, which supports over 1300 schools and academies from its five-office national network. The ‘flexible, conscientious and prompt’ team has a notably broad sector remit, advising on academy conversions and related sixth form academisation, merger and re-brokerage projects, governance issues, as well as pastoral issues encompassing admission arrangements, behaviour and exclusion issues and complex parental and pupil complaints. Another strength for the group lies in defending clients in litigation, including employment and SEND matters. The department is highly recommended for safeguarding work, drafting policies and procedures as well as representing clients during investigations involving high-profile issues such as staff arrests, pupil deaths and suicides. Julia Green in Exeter is noted for property-related work, advising on transfers to academy and trust status and income generation from school assets.

London > Public sector > Education: individuals

(Hall of Fame)

Mark BloisBrowne Jacobson LLP

East Midlands > Public sector > Public sector

(Leading individuals)

Mark BloisBrowne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP has ‘a highly effective‘ public sector offering that spans the education, health and local government sectors. Education head Mark Blois is ‘outstanding‘; he works with Peter Ware, a specialist for local government commercial matters, procurement and transport, who heads the government and infrastructure team. Other key partners based in Nottingham include education specialist Adrian Shardlow, East Midlands health head Simon Tait, and Leanne Wareham, who took a lead role in the team advising NHS England on issues related to the pandemic.