Nicola Bennison > Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP > Nottingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Work Department

Nicola Bennison leads the national student issues team in the education group. Nicola has worked with institutions in the HE and FE sectors for more than 20 years. Nicola has a dual specialism in student issues and employment law with a particular focus on equality and diversity.

Nicola regularly advises on student issues focussing on student complaints, disciplinary and litigation matters, particularly involving issues of discrimination. Recent experience includes advising in relation to complaints by students with a range of disabilities, defending claims by students for race and age discrimination, for religious discrimination and for admission by students with SEN.

Her work also includes employment law matters, contentious and non contentious, including claims for unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, whistle blowing and equality and diversity issues, particularly dealing with the management of internal grievances, and strategic HR issues.  Nicola has particular experience of dealing with termination arrangements for senior employees.

Nicola is an expert on TUPE and outsourcing issues and has worked with a range of local government organisations on the HR issues for public private partnerships with a focus on strategic and incremental partnerships including joint venture arrangements..

Nicola is an experienced advocate appearing in the Courts and the Employment Tribunal.

She is a regular speaker conferences for a range of organisations as well as a regularly providing in-house training on student and HR issues.






Lawyer Rankings

Yorkshire and the Humber > Public sector > Education

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.

East Midlands > Public sector > Public sector

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has an enviable track record of acting for clients from the education sector, which include schools, academies, private education institutions and higher education institutions, providing legal support on all issues they may face. The ‘friendly and approachable’ team provides ‘concise’ and ‘thorough’ advice regarding employment issues, student matters, charity law, real estate issues, intellectual property, health and safety aspects as well as constitutional, governance and regulatory issues, among others. ‘ExcellentNicola Bennison heads the national education offering from Nottingham and is specialised in employment and student issues. The Manchester-based Diane Gilhooley is the firm’s national chair of the education sector.

London > Public sector > Education: institutions

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP covers a wide range of issues for education sector clients, including employment, health and safety and intellectual property, spanning student contracts to pensions and litigation. The team is headed by Nicola Bennison, who works on complex contentious matters, with a focus on work involving senior post-holders, equality issues and student matters. Diane Gilhooley serves as chair of education, working on  complex cases before tribunals as well as matters concerning governance. Glynne Stanfield handles the corporate and commercial side of educational institutions. Chris Mordue is ‘always available and able to assist at short notice’.