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 continues to lead the wider education team on safeguarding matters and also heads up the North West team based in our Manchester office. He 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 also a recognised as an expert in safeguarding in education, supporting clients with stressful safeguarding issues, such as self-harm, mental health, allegations against staff, handing disclosures of abuse, advising on positive DBS disclosures, the Prevent Duty, social media 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 provide 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.

This expertise led to his appointment as a safeguarding expert on Optimus Education’s panel of expert advisors. Dai writes articles for various education publications on a range of education matters including safeguarding, admissions, GDPR and multi-academy trust governance with many articles being quoted in the national press.

In the last 18 months Dai has developed an expertise for advising schools, academies and multi academy trusts on implementing the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulations which came into force in May 2018.  As well as developing a toolkit of policies and supporting documentation, supporting schools with audits, advising on subject access requests and reportable breaches, He also devised and delivered a highly regarded DPO Foundation Training Course for schools which resulted in over 300 Data Protection Officers in schools, academies and multi-academy trusts being trained to undertake the role.


Trained Browne Jacobson; qualified 2003; partner 2011.


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

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North West > Public sector > Education

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Dai Durbridge

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP offers ‘outstanding knowledge and information with regard to all education matters and wider matters affecting multi-academy trusts‘.  The team is active in the mainstream education sector and has a client-base of multi-academy trusts, faith schools, FE Colleges, universities and local authority maintained schools. The team is increasingly instructed on matters such as the re-brokering of academies between trusts and GDPR issues. It also handles employment work in the sector. Department head Dai Durbridge is ‘utterly reliable in terms of providing up to date information, being responsive to questions, and delivering timely presentations on education-related issues‘. Legal director Jamie Otter is also a key figure.