Dai Durbridge > Browne Jacobson LLP > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Browne Jacobson LLP
14th Floor, No.1 Spinningfields
1 Hardman square, Spinningfields
M3 3EB

Work Department

Business Services: Education


Dai leads the wider education team on safeguarding matters and GDPR/data protection advice. He also heads up the North West education team based in our Manchester office. Dai advises schools, academies and FE and sixth form colleges on frontline education matters, including school admissions and exclusions, parental complaints, disqualification from childcare settings and all safeguarding issues. Dai is known for his expertise on school admissions and appeals, advising on admission policies, helping schools manage appeals, representing schools at admission appeals, challenge the local authority approach to ‘fair access protocol’ placements and advising on the implications of decisions of the schools adjudicator.

Dai is recognised as an expert in safeguarding in education; supporting clients with stressful safeguarding issues, such as self-harm, mental health, child deaths, allegations against staff, handing disclosures of abuse, advising on positive DBS disclosures, the ‘prevent duty’, child sexual exploitation, county lines exploitation and supporting and representing clients during safeguarding investigations. He drafts safeguarding policies and procedures for schools and drafted the safeguarding policies for Optimus Education, who provides content for the education sector. Dai also advises and supports schools with high-profile safeguarding issues, including staff arrests, pupil deaths and suicide and the resulting press and public interest.


Trained Browne Jacobson; qualified 2003; partner 2011.


Newtown High School; Nottingham Trent University (1998 Law, 2(1)); Nottingham Law School (2001).

Lawyer Rankings

North West > Public sector > Education

(Leading individuals)

Dai DurbridgeBrowne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP works with a client base of multi-academy trusts, faith schools, FE colleges, special schools, universities and local authority-maintained school. Key areas of work include GDPR and data protection advice, joint use arrangements, and providing advice on governance structure, funding and commercial arrangements. Employment law – including executive terminations, restructuring, trade union consultation and disputes, and regulatory issues – is another specialism. Dai Durbridge, who has extensive experience in safeguarding, frontline education matters such as school admissions and exclusions, and in data protection advice, heads the team.

London > Public sector > Education: schools

Browne Jacobson LLP has a ‘palpable depth of understanding across the practice‘ in relation to education sector matters. Reflective of its market-leading reputation, the firm acts for more than 1300 schools and academies. The team, which is led by Mark Blois, acts on complex merger and restructuring matters for academies and multi-academy-trusts, and also advises schools on safeguarding issues. Adrian Shardlow is particularly noted for his expertise in academy conversions, while Richard Freeth is the key contact for advice on pastoral issues. The group is also skilled in handling sensitive mandates and frequently advises schools on counter-terrorism and abuse matters. The core team is comprised of Nick MacKenzie, Julia Green, and Dai Durbridge. Ian Deakin and London-based Heather Mitchell provide employment law advice.