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Browne Jacobson LLP

VICTORIA SQUARE HOUSE, VICTORIA SQUARE, BIRMINGHAM, B2 4BU, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0121 237 3900
Fax:
Fax 0121 236 1291
DX:
727740 BIRMINGHAM-62
Email:
Web:
www.brownejacobson.com

Richard Freeth

Tel:
Work 0121 237 3961
Email:
Browne Jacobson LLP

Work Department

Business services: education

Position

Richard has over 17 years’ experience in advising schools and local authorities on education issues.  He leads the team’s pastoral/advisory practice and deals with issues arising from admissions, exclusions, SEND and disability claims.  Richard has also led on over 100 academy conversions and other academy projects.

Career

  • Anthony Collins – 2007 - 2011
  • Warwickshire County Council – 2003 - 2007
  • Hertfordshire County Council – 1998 - 2003

Member

  • Education Law Association

Education

  • Solicitor – admitted November 1999
  • Postgraduate Diploma - Legal Practice
  • LLB (Hons) - Law
  • MA - Disability Studies


London: Public sector

Education: schools

Within: Education: schools

Browne Jacobson LLP provides 'five-star service every time' across areas such as company structures, academy conversions, governance, safeguarding, funding and land issues. It is advising on the creation of the Westcountry Schools Trust, which involved the transfer of six schools. In other work, it is handling whistleblowing issues, a disability discrimination claim and parental complaints. The highly experienced Mark Blois heads the education team nationally and Nick Mackenzie, who specialises in governance and corporate matters, heads the Birmingham team and has 'exceptional knowledge of the sector and is always able to provide sound, clear advice'. Other key partners include Adrian Shardlow, Richard Freeth and Dai Durbridge, 'who is just an outstanding presenter who can make the dullest of topics interesting'.

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West Midlands: Public sector

Education

Within: Education

Browne Jacobson LLP 's repertoire in education includes advising on employment, property and governance issues. Nick Mackenzie heads the team and recently advised Pershore High School on its conversion into a multi academy trust and the establishment of new governance arrangements. He also assisted The Mercian Trust with setting up a new multi academy trust, which incorporated both Queen Mary’s Grammar School and Queen Mary’s High School. Academy conversions expert Richard Freeth is also a key figure, who advised Everton Football Club on its arrangements with a nearby MAT, the DfE and ESFA, which involved supporting the club’s academy players with their educational needs. Helen Badger works on employment matters and advised a multi academy trust on a grievance and whistle-blowing investigation.

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