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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Diane is the Global Head of the Eversheds Sutherland Human Resources and Pensions Practice, leading the group of over 400 Labour, Employment and Pensions Lawyers. Diane is also a member of the firm's Senior Management Team and International Steering Group.

Diane is a highly regarded partner with over 25 years' experience of handling high profile cases and providing strategic employment advice on a national and international basis. Diane conducts a full range of contentious and non-contentious work.

In 2019 she was appointed Diversity and Inclusion Partner Sponsor with responsibility for leading and accelerating the firm’s diversity and inclusion strategy.


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North West > Public sector > Education

(Hall of Fame)

Diane GilhooleyEversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s ‘responsive and personable‘ team has a strong profile in the education sector, as is evidenced by its work for clients such as schools, academy trusts, further education colleges, higher education institutions and private education institutions. Led by Diane Gilhooley, the department advises on employment, student matters, charity law, dispute resolution, real estate, health and safety and regulatory issues. Robert Gray, who ‘always makes time for you as a client‘, has expertise in employment and governance issues. Senior associate Siân Jones-Davies specialises in student issues and regulatory matters.

North West > Employment > Employment

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s Manchester office has a broad practice in employment law, covering contentious and non-contentious matters. The team is active in employment tribunal claims brought by individuals and groups of employees; it also stands out for its work on matters involving trade unions. The practice is frequently instructed by clients from the higher education sector. Diane Gilhooley is a key figure in the Manchester practice, and also serves as global head of the firm’s HR and pensions team. Naeema Choudry is an experienced advocate in employment tribunals; Michael Thompson is also recommended. Michael Burns departed the practice in September 2020, joining Addleshaw Goddard.

London > Public sector > Education: schools

(Hall of Fame)

Diane GilhooleyEversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The schools team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP works for a broad range of clients across the sector, advising academies, free schools, university technical colleges, studio schools, multi-academy trusts and local authorities as well as maintained and independent schools. School project work is a particular strength, and the team has extensive experience working with sixth form colleges looking to convert into academies, as well as handling estates work, from day-to-day operation and asset management issues through to major developments and funding mandates. National head of education Diane Gilhooley is a highly regarded education and employment specialist. Ben Wood concentrates on advising education establishments on governance and employment matters, and is the practice’s national lead for academy work.

London > Public sector > Education: institutions

(Hall of Fame)

Diane GilhooleyEversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises numerous HE and FE institutions, with experienced education lawyers handling employment issues, student matters, charity law and litigation and dispute management work. Other areas of strength for the ‘responsive and knowledgeable‘ team encompass real estate, corporate and commercial, IP and constitutional issues and regulatory advice. The group has a developed network of specialists: with offices in Shanghai, Dubai, Dublin, Paris, Amsterdam, Riyadh and the US, the department is exceptional at advising education institutions globally. Practice head Diane Gilhooley is a highly regarded education and employment law specialist, who has extensive experience advising on complex tribunal proceedings, industrial relations and governance issues. ‘Exceptional practitioner’ Glynne Stanfield leads the international education and corporate governance sub-group, and is a go-to expert for education mergers and regularly advises on innovative public and private sector interactions.

London > Employment > Employers

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s international presence not only enables the group to undertake ‘cross-jurisdictional litigation’, but also to handle cross-border projects, global outsourcings, and high-value transactional work. A large proportion of the work ‘tends to be collective labour law and industrial relations-related’, particularly for industrial relation expert Marc Meryon. Global head of the firm’s HR and pensions practice, Diane Gilhooley, steers the group alongside the ‘dedicated, intelligent, diligent and commercialPaul Fontes, who has particular expertise in advising major PLCs and clients in the financial services sector on issues such as SMCR, remuneration, restrictive covenants and team moves, as well as whistleblowing and discrimination claims. Sophie White, meanwhile, specialises in diversity issues and the TUPE implications of outsourcing, insolvency and real estate transactions.

East Midlands > Public sector > Public sector

Diane Gilhooley leads the national education team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP while ‘stellar performerNicola Bennison heads the education team in Nottingham. The firm offers ‘a one-stop shop for high-quality legal advice’ to higher and further education institutions, schools, academies and private education institutions. Advice covers all legal areas and includes litigation and dispute management, property, employment and student matters, health and safety, corporate and commercial, intellectual property, governance issues as well as regulatory advice. The team makes use of its network of international offices to advise education institutions globally.

West Midlands > Public sector > Education

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP‘s nationwide team specialises in the regulatory aspects of education law, including employment, health and safety, IP and constitutional matters. Diane Gilhooley has a broad contentious and non-contentious employment practice in the education sector, encompassing tribunal proceedings, trade union issues, equality and diversity work, governance mandates and charity matters. The ‘extremely knowledgeable and helpful’ Mark Taylor is noted for his involvement in a high volume of mergers in the education sector, in which he provides full-service advice including due diligence and governance support. Principal associate Morag Roddick is noted for her roles in M&A and joint ventures involving a wide range of education clients.