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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Work Department

Glynne is a partner and read law at Jesus College, Oxford. He heads Eversheds Corporate and International Education practice.

Higher Education

He advised on the merger to create the University of Manchester; incorporations of the Universities of Cumbria, Roehampton, University of South Wales, and led on the first tripartite university merger to form the University of Wales Trinity St David

He advised on the setting up of the QAA and OIA. He acts for the Russell Group for which Eversheds LLP is company secretary.

He advised Apollo Global on its takeover of BPP. He advised the University of Law on the structure which permitted its sale and recently acted for GUS in buying it from Montagu.

He acted for Hult in their recent strategic alliance with Ashridge Business School.

He recently acted on the setting up of both The Alan Turing Institute and The Crick Institute.


He had advised on many campuses including Newcastle University medical one in Malaysia theirs in Singapore, City University in Dubai and UCL in Australia and Abu Dhabi.

He acts for many private education companies including PE firms.

He was asked by David Willetts, then Universities Secretary, to provide non-political input into the most recent White Paper on HE reform.

He has written governance papers for the UUK, 157 Group and for The Leadership Foundation.

Further Education

He has advised a number of FE colleges in sponsoring academies.

He has advised on many FE mergers (including the demerger of K College) and federations (including Kingston/Carshalton and Warwickshire/South Leicestershire)

He is recognised as a leading lawyer in the UK legal directories "Legal 500" and "Chambers".

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Lawyer Rankings

East Anglia > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

(Hall of Fame)

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The Cambridge office of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP houses significant expertise in key areas of law and plays a central role in the firm-wide charities practice. The firm acts for numerous entities in the education, research, health, regeneration, mental health and grant-giving sectors. Its work encompasses advice on governance, powers of trustees, trading subsidiaries, services agreements, employment law, compliance and contentious matters. Glynne Stanfield, who also works in the London office, handles complex charity and governance issues, joint ventures and mergers. Legal director Stephen O’Reilly and corporate education senior associate Martyn Robinson are also recommended.

East Anglia > Public sector > Public sector

(Hall of Fame)

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The Cambridge office of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP plays a central role in the firm’s national education sector group. It is a leading adviser to schools, academies, FE and HE colleges, and  private education institutions on employment, student matters, charity law, litigation, real estate, corporate and commercial, intellectual property, health and safety, constitutional issues and regulatory matters. Glynne Stanfield is head of international education and corporate governance. Clare Whitaker leads on property matters in the education sector, Matthew Kelly on employment law and Jon Baskerville on corporate transactions. Legal director Stephen O’Reilly and senior associate Martyn Robinson stand out for governance and compliance matters.

London > Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP acts for a broad range of charity clients, with particular experience in the education, research, health, regeneration, mental health and grant-giving sectors. The team assists with a wide spectrum of charity law matters, including governance, compliance, mergers, commercial, fundraising, campaigning and regulatory issues. It has also been receiving a steady flow of new instructions in relation to setting up corporate foundations. Glynne StanfieldPaul Pugh and experienced legal director Stephen O’Reilly are the names to note.

London > Public sector > Education: schools

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP provides an ‘excellent full-service‘ to a wide array of clients, including multi-academy-trusts, academies and independent schools. Jointly led by Diane Gilhooley and Ben Wood, the team excels in assisting sixth form colleges with converting into academies. It also has a student-focused sub-group that addresses crucial areas of SEN, admissions and exclusions; this is led by Nicola Bennison in Nottingham. On the employment side, senior associate Helena Tattersall is highlighted for her contentious litigation expertise and she advises education clients on employment law issues. Data protection advice is another key part of the workload. Glynne Stanfield leads the international education practice.

London > Public sector > Education: institutions

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is widely considered the market leader in the higher education field, with practice head Diane Gilhooley being singled out by one client for her ‘unrivalled sector experience’. The team has a full-service offering for institutional clients; it advises on employment law, domestic and cross-border student matters, real estate and regulatory advice. Chris Mordue handles employment law issues for universities, and is also experienced in complex disputes. The group’s international teams have a presence in the Asian and Middle Eastern markets, catering to clients seeking to establish operations abroad; Glynne Stanfield, who specialises in education sector mergers, is a key contact. Ben Wood is recommended for contentious employment matters.