Further and higher education institutions are fighting many different challenges compounded by current demographics and Brexit.

Further education colleges have grown accustomed to precarious and constantly changing funding arrangements, but they are now under enormous pressure to find sustainable financial and funding models, requiring them to secure partnering arrangements through mergers with other further education and vocational skills providers all whilst delivering excellent, agile and innovative courses to meet employer led demands.

Higher education institutions  have to meet the challenges of operating and competing in an increasingly global marketplace, with students who can flex their consumer muscles like never before, demanding a return on investment, employability and innovative courses taught across different technological platforms. This is all compounded by the Teaching Excellence Framework, the Research Excellence Framework and, of course, Brexit particularly how an immigration cap may affect the market for both academics and students.

Our approach

We appreciate the issues that impact on your business and your need for constant innovation, agility, and to do more with less. Our team can help you deal with the changes you need to make to meet the challenges you face, as well as help you with your day to day issues. We can assist you in making the most of your estates, making your employment structures as agile as possible, to ensure your immigration practices are UKVI compliant, to protect your intellectual property, and deal with student complaints and issues. 

Our further and higher education experience

We offer comprehensive advice to all our education clients including advice on:

  • mergers, joint ventures and partnerships. Our international network of law firms enables us to work closely with lawyers across jurisdictions.
  • construction and estate development projects, to maintain and improve academic and student accommodation
  • funding and refinancing
  • employment and immigration issues, including trade unions issues and disputes
  • student issues (such as complaints, crisis management and judicial reviews).

Key contacts

Erika Clarke

Legal Director

+44 (0)1603 756525

+44 (0)7917 625645


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Sara Sayer

Partner, Solicitor-Advocate, FRSA

+44 (0)1223 326763

+44 (0)7983 385840


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Abigail Trencher

Head of Education

+44 (0)1223 326622

+44 (0)7983 385842


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Meet the full team