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MOWBRAY HOUSE, CASTLE MEADOW ROAD, NOTTINGHAM, NG2 1BJ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0115 976 6000
Fax:
Fax 0115 947 5246
DX:
718130 NOTTINGHAM-27
Email:
Web:
www.brownejacobson.com

Mark Blois

Tel:
Work 0115 976 6087
Email:
Web:
www.brownejacobson.com
Browne Jacobson LLP

Work Department

Business Services

Position

Mark is a Partner and Head of the Education team at Browne Jacobson. His 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. 

He has been recommended as a Leader in his field in the industry bibles ‘Chambers UK’ and ‘Legal 500’ for more than fifteen years. ‘Chambers UK’ has dubbed him “an industry leader” and ‘Legal 500’ has 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. For the last five years Mark has been the Chair of the L.E.A.D Academy Trust, a large multi-academy trust in the Midlands.

He is a Trustee of NASEN and also a Non-Executive Legal Advisor to the National SEND Forum. Mark is currently the Chair of the L.E.A.D Academy Trust, a twenty five school academy group in the Midlands and has been appointed a National Leader of Governance by the National College of Teaching  & Leadership.

He regularly speaks at national conferences including those of the Association of School & College Leaders, National Association of Head teachers, National Institute of School Business Leadership, National Governance Association and the National Association of Special Educational Needs and has been interviewed by BBC Panorama, Radio Four and Sky News.

He 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

At Browne Jacobson LLP, the team’s specialist knowledge of academy conversions, multi-academy trusts and PFI schools is 'invaluable and unique’. The ‘excellentMark Blois heads up the practice, which counts academy transfers, academy trust mergers and expansions and academy rebrokerage among its core strengths. Other work includes property advice, education-specific GDPR implementation, regulatory work, parent complaints and disputes as well as discrimination claims.

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London: Public sector

Education: individuals

Within: Leading individuals

Mark Blois - Browne Jacobson LLP

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Education: institutions

Within: Leading individuals

Mark Blois - Browne Jacobson LLP

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Education: schools

Within: Leading individuals

Mark Blois - Browne Jacobson LLP

Within: Education: schools

Browne Jacobson LLP 'epitomises the saying "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts" and is simply exceptional' in its delivery of a diverse range of education expertise to its large client base. Led by Nottingham-based Mark Blois, the team is skilled in handling complex merger and restructuring matters, offering tailored and strategic advice to schools and academies, and representing clients in litigation proceedings. Core members of the team include the 'amazing' Julia GreenNick MacKenzie, who is recommended for corporate and governance matters; Richard Freeth; and Adrian Shardlow.

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