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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Ben Wood

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Eversheds Sutherland

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Having qualified in 1997, Ben is a Partner in our Human Resources Group. He specialises in providing employment law advice to clients in the education sector.

Ben's recent experience includes advising universities, further education colleges, schools and academies on diversity issues including equal pay, structural change, TUPE, outsourcing, industrial relations and the governance aspects of public sector functions.

Ben leads on the HR aspects of FE governance and is a regular speaker at training seminars for the education sector. Ben works with sector bodies such as LSIS and AoC and teaches on Clerks' training courses. A key aspect of Ben's work involved advising FE corporations on their relationships with senior postholders.

Another area of Ben's expertise is providing TUPE and HR advice to schools wishing to become academies. His experience includes work on a significant number of sponsored academies as well as more straightforward conversions.

Ben also conducts his own advocacy in Employment Tribunals. Recent cases have included discrimination, whistleblowing, claims under the fixed term employees and part time workers legislation and under the Working Time Regulations.

Ben is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association.

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London: Public sector

Education: institutions

Within: Education: institutions

The 'good all-round team' at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP advises a range of educational institutions including universities and educational bodies on matters ranging from setting up overseas establishments to the merger of schools. Its comprehensive expertise spans high-level policy advice, in addition to advisory and disputes matters. It acted for a number of further education colleges on their extensive work participating in the national Strategic Area Review and also acted for the Association of Colleges and Havering Sixth Form College on a judicial review challenge to the decision of the Department for Education to approve a new sixth form college at a school in the Borough of Havering. Key team members include Glynne Stanfield, Alison Oldfield and Nicola Bennison. Simon Chamberlain specialises in property-related matters, and Ben Wood handles employment and governance. With a 'national reputation', Diane Gilhooley is the well-known head of the firm’s national and international education sector group.

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Education: schools

Within: Education: schools

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's team provides 'good response times and quality advice'. Its clients span schools, academies, technical colleges, academy trusts, local authorities and independent schools. Recent work includes advising Reigate College on its conversion to an academy, which involved assisting the college with pension, corporate and HR matters, as well as education law. The team also continues to assist ACS International Schools with an array of matters ranging from construction to IP, charity law and governance. The well-respected Diane Gilhooley  heads the practice; Ben Wood advises on employment and governance matters; and Helen Cairns has long-standing experience of working with academies and 'impresses with her industry knowledge'.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector


Within: Education

The cross-departmental education team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is considered 'excellent in all respects'. The team acted for the University of York on the development of a new college, which included variation to an existing partnership agreement, construction and property documentation as well as handling funding documents with the US parent company.  Praised for his 'thorough professional knowledge' and 'an outstanding quality of service' Ben Wood advised both Doncaster College and North Lindsey College on all aspects of their merger. Litigation partner Alison Oldfield is a key name to note and leads the dispute resolution team for clients across the education section. Chris Mordue joined from Pinsent Masons LLP, bringing extensive employment law experience in the higher education sector. Other changes to the team include James Fry's departure to join Mills & Reeve LLP, and the promotion of Mark Taylor and Ash Woodcock to partner,  Robert Gray to the role of legal director.

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