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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP
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Ben is a Partner in Eversheds Sutherland's top ranked education team who advises educational establishments on governance and employment matters focussing on boardroom disputes, relationships with funding bodies and senior staff issues. Ben trains governors and senior managers of educational institutions covering a wide range of topics including: governance models, managing conflicts of interest, whistleblowing, performance management and restructuring. Ben regularly attends DfE lawyer meetings and is a school governor. Ben has experience of representing education clients in employment tribunals over many years. His contentious workload includes unfair dismissal, whistleblowing and discrimination cases.

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Yorkshire and the Humber > Public sector > Education

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Ben Wood  –Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP acts as trusted adviser to numerous higher education (HE) and further education (FE) providers, schools, academies and private education institutions clients. With its broad local, national and international offering, it is able to cover employment work, charity law, litigation and dispute management issues, real estate matters, corporate and commercial issues, intellectual property work, health and safety mandates, constitutional issues and regulatory matters. Practice members also often advise the government and the main FE and HE sector bodies on education regulations. Chris Mordue and Ben Wood combine education sector and employment law expertise, while principal associate Charlotte Tanikal specialises in the acquisition and disposal of estates and accommodation projects. Nicola Bennison leads the firm’s education team.

Yorkshire and the Humber > Employment > Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP houses a team of ‘first class’ lawyers who act for both large corporates and public organisations. The group leverages its international footprint to advise on global employment and immigration issues, including specialist advice on European Works Councils and global trade unions; practice head Paul Cotton is an expert in these areas as well as advising on boardroom exits and disputes. Tribunal advocate Simon Rice-Birchall  is ‘utterly outstanding’, specialising in complex discrimination cases. It also fields a dedicated higher education practice, with Christopher Mordue and Ben Wood advising several universities and sixth form colleges.

London > Public sector > Education: schools

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a track record of handling complex work for multi-academy trusts, free schools and UTCs, including the transfer of church schools into MATs and academy conversions. The team is led by Diane Gilhooley, who handles contentious and non-contentious areas of education governance, including tribunals, organisational change and harrassment claims, and Ben Wood, who specialises in advising educational establishments on governance and employment matters.