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The UK education and research sector is internationally renowned. Our market-leading team assists clients to manage the complexities of the rapidly changing legal, commercial and regulatory landscape.

Education and research transform lives and play a vital role in the flourishing of the UK economy and civic society, operating at the forefront of scientific, medical and technological development.

Educational institutions inhabit the intersection of the public, private and charity sectors, creating a unique combination of legal and regulatory issues.

We have the breadth of experience to help our clients operate successfully in this challenging environment.

We are recognised as a leading provider of legal services to the sector, acting for over 120 universities, colleges, national agencies, academies, educational businesses and charities across the UK.

Our lawyers

Our lawyers invest in long-term client relationships and in understanding the policy, regulatory and commercial context in which clients in the education and research sector need to operate.

Our experience

We are market-leading advisors to the sector. Examples of our work include:

  • Strategy and conduct of matters: We advise on new institutions, commercial operations, acquisitions, finance/banking, campus redevelopment, student disciplinary issues, research misconduct, FOI and data protection issues, equality and human rights, consumer law, immigration compliance, fitness to practise, pensions and employment issues, charity law, education regulation, procurement, health and safety/inquests, mergers and restructuring, student union issues, litigation.
  • International issues: We collaborate with overseas partners, set up overseas campuses and handle contentious matters involving jurisdictions around the world. We helped London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine acquire African research units and advise King’s College London on its international collaborations.
  • Bonds and private placements: We have developed these for the universities of Cambridge, Cardiff, Durham, Manchester and Southampton, and a number of leading schools.
  • Student accommodation projects: Work in this area includes a £130million project for the University of Hull in collaboration with student accommodation provider, UPP and a £90million project for UCL.
  • Mergers: We helped the Institute of Education merge with University College London.
  • Academies: We have acted for Academies Enterprise Trust and London Academies Enterprise Trust on every one of their academy conversions and rebrokerages.

Our clients

We act for over 120 education institutions, including universities, colleges, independent schools and academies. Clients include:

  • University of Cambridge
  • Birmingham City University
  • The Royal Veterinary College
  • The University of Manchester
  • The British Council
  • The Association of Colleges
  • Bolton College
  • Academies Enterprise Trust
  • Uppingham School

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

We are also a corporate partner to the Higher Education Policy Institute, the only independent UK HE policy think tank.

We are proud to be national sponsors of AHUA (the Association of Heads of University Administration) and, as part of that, we prepare a monthly legal update for their members. Please click here for access to these.


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