Bettina Rigg > Browne Jacobson LLP > Exeter, England > Lawyer Profile

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Bettina is an employment and education lawyer advising universities and colleges on a range of operational and strategic issues.

She has over fifteen years’ experience as an employment and education lawyer.  She has a particular interest in equality, diversity and inclusion and discrimination claims and regularly delivers training to Boards of Directors, Governing Bodies and Senior Management Teams. 

Bettina is an ADR Group accredited mediator and has mediated a wide range of employment and education matters.

She has been a regular presenter at higher education sector conferences including presenting workshops at Universities HR (UHR) annual conferences and speaking on support for disabled students.  She regularly writes articles and briefings for HE sector publications including University Business.


Bettina was a Member of the Council of the University of Exeter for 9 years where she was the dual assurance lay lead for HR and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and worked closely with the teams involved in obtaining accreditation with Athena Swan and the HE equality charters.


Bettina is a member of the Governing Body of Writtle University College.

Lawyer Rankings

South West > Public sector > Education

The ‘reliable and up-to-date‘ education team at Browne Jacobson LLP advises the whole gamut of sector organisations, with a particular focus on higher education institutions. Practice head Julia Green sports a ‘great wealth of experience, excellent judgement’ and a specialisation in academy conversions. Bettina Rigg, who is regularly consulted for equality, diversity as well as inclusion and discrimination claims,  is praised for her ‘practical‘ advice and ‘strategic approach’. Academy projects, governance, and student related matters are handled by senior associate Victoria Hatton.

South West > Employment > Employment: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall

Browne Jacobson LLP advises a range of clients with a strong focus on the sectors of health, education and insurance. In particular, the team has a growing focus within healthcare, handling flexible working models, vaccine programmes and issues arising from long-term Covid-19. The team is headed by Peter Jones and Bridget Prosser, with Bettina Rigg acting as the head of higher education and Jacqueline Atkinson acting as the head of healthcare employment.

London > Public sector > Education: institutions

Browne Jacobson LLP handles a wide range of matters of importance for educational institutions, including managing residential accommodation, student health issues relating to the pandemic and the impact of Brexit on procurement. The team is led by Bettina Rigg, who focuses on equality, inclusion and discrimination claims, and Dominic Swift, who works on the construction and development sides of higher education. Selina Hinchcliffe is also strong in this area, developing a number of partnerships with universities.