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MOWBRAY HOUSE, CASTLE MEADOW ROAD, NOTTINGHAM, NG2 1BJ, ENGLAND
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Work 0115 976 6000
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Fax 0115 947 5246
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Mark Blois

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Work 0115 976 6087
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Browne Jacobson LLP

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Business Services

Position

Mark is a Partner and Head of the Education team at Browne Jacobson, a leading national education law firm. Mark’s early legal career included working in a large commercial law firm in Chicago, USA and serving a term as a Judicial Assistant to the Court of Appeal in London. He qualified as a solicitor at Browne Jacobson in 1998 where he initially represented local authorities and schools in claims arising out of alleged failure to educate and bullying at school. 

Since then Mark personally has almost twenty years’ experience as an education lawyer. He has been recommended as a leader in his field in the industry bibles ‘Chambers UK’ and ‘Legal 500’ for more than ten years. In 2015 ‘Chambers UK’ dubbed him “an industry leader” and ‘Legal 500’ described him as “exceptional”. He was named Lawyer of the Year at the Nottinghamshire Law Society Awards in 2012 and designated a National Leader of Governance by the NCTL in 2015.  

He has previously served as a member of the Regional Council of the Learning and Skills Council, as a Director of the National Governors' Association and on the Board of a 157 Group FE College. Mark is currently the Chair of the L.E.A.D Academy Trust, a twelve school academy group in the Midlands and is also a long-standing Teach First mentor. Mark regularly speaks at conferences including those of the Association of School & College Leaders, National Association of Head Teachers, National Association of School Business Management, National Governors’ Association and the National Association of Special Educational Needs. He has also been interviewed by BBC Panorama, Radio Four and Sky News. Mark has contributed over 100 papers, articles and book chapters to education literature on a variety of aspects of education law and has given oral evidence to the House of Commons Education Select Committee.

Career

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

Member

  • 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).


East Midlands: Public sector

Education

Within: Leading individuals

Mark Blois - Browne Jacobson LLP

Within: Education

Browne Jacobson LLP’s education department acts for schools and academies on a vast array of issues, including discrimination claims, academy conversions, regulatory work and funding agreements. Mark Blois heads the team, which includes Adrian Shardlow, an academy conversion specialist whose recent caseload includes advising the Minerva Learning Trust on its expansion by way of converting two further maintained Sheffield secondary schools into the trust and transferring an existing secondary academy from its trust into the multi-academy trust. The group also assists multiple Roman Catholic Dioceses, including the Dioceses of Nottingham, Westminster and Salford, with academy conversions and multi-trust academy reorganisations. Other clients include Greenwood Academies Trust, The Priory Federation of Academies and Community Inclusive Trust.

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London: Public sector

Education: individuals

Within: Leading individuals

Mark Blois - Browne Jacobson LLP

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Education: institutions

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Mark Blois - Browne Jacobson LLP

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Education: schools

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Mark Blois - Browne Jacobson LLP

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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