Education law

Education is a complex sector, with issues encompassing public, private and charity law. Our experienced and nationally recognised education law practice can help with the whole spectrum of issues that institutions face.

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> Our experience
> Our clients
> What our clients and others say about us
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Supporting you with the challenges of education law

The legal framework in the education sector is complex, meaning that issues often involve questions of public law, private law and charity law.

We can help with the whole range of issues you may face, including: 

We also have substantial experience supporting our clients with international challenges. We provide advice – in conjunction with lawyers in local jurisdictions – on issues relating to academic activities and managing any risks or disputes that may arise.

Our lawyers attend and speak at national and international education law conferences, keeping up to date and contributing to the latest thinking on issues facing affecting the education sector. We are also a corporate partner of the Higher Education Policy Institute, an independent UK think-tank.


Our education lawyers

Our education law practice is led by partners Gary Attle (Cambridge and London) and Richard Sykes (Birmingham and Manchester). 

Gary Attle has also trained as a mediator, and Richard Sykes is also qualified as a Barrister. 

Our combined regulatory, public law and commercial disputes group offers seven partners across our UK offices with experience in judicial review, commercial claims, insolvency, health and safety, procurement litigation, information law and dispute resolution.

Our experience

Our education experience is deep and wide ranging. Some recent examples include: 

  • Advising on all student and research related matters, including plagiarism and academic misconduct, complaints and appeals, research integrity and student immigration.
  • Advising on governance matters, including powers, duties and constitutional issues.
  • Advising on freedom of information, data protection and privacy issues, including substantial experience of matters before the Information Commissioner’s Office and in the Information Tribunal.
  • Advising on student union issues.
  • Advising on contentious proceedings, including judicial review, mediation and contentious issues arising from international activities.

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    Our clients

    Our clients include:

    • Higher education institutions 
    • Further education colleges 
    • Academies and independent schools 
    • Education charities and businesses

    What our clients and others say about us

    • Both of the leading guides to the legal profession rank us in the top tier for education: UK-wide in Chambers UK and for the London region by Legal 500
    • Clients praise our education lawyers in Chambers UK as “utterly reliable” and “extremely efficient”. 
    • Head of Education & Governance, Gary Attle, was included in The Lawyer magazine’s Hot 100 listing for 2013.

    Legal resources you may find useful

    • Fusion: bringing together the latest public, private and charity law updates for the education sector in our education law blog
    • Follow @GaryAttle on Twitter

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