Our Education Team comprises lawyers with a track record in the sector and the ability to deliver the support you need on these and other legal issues.
The education sector is tasked with delivering the qualifications, skills and innovation that underpin our economy and it is a diverse sector, encompassing maintained schools, academies, independent schools, Sixth Form College, further education colleges, tertiary colleges, universities and other varied organisations.
As organisations, your structures, size and priorities may be diverse, but your legal requirements have a common thread – the need for legal advice which is commercial, proactive and sector aware, and which appreciates and has expertise in dealing with education, charity and public law issues.
We are committed to the sector and have recruited lawyers specifically for their experience in advising education institutions. We know that you need the comfort of speaking to those who understand your business. We spend time getting to know you, understanding how your organisation operates and how we can best support your objectives.
Our work and our clients
Our lawyers have advised universities, FE colleges, independent schools and maintained schools. We act for university colleges, the further education sector, an academy, schools and research-led organisations. We are a CPC framework panel member for the East and the South East regions. Members of our team act, or have acted, as governors of schools, board members of FE colleges and as a non-executive member of a university council.
We produce a variety of newsletters covering changes in legislation, topical news and issues affecting our clients. You can download the latest issue of Education Matters, our newsletter for our clients and contacts in the education sector, from our newsletter page. If you would like to automatically receive future issues please register your details.
Areas of Expertise
- Joint ventures
- Academic and student accommodation
- Commercial contracts for a wide range of requirements
- Funding and refinancing
- Estate development and major construction projects
- Employment issues
- Health and safety
- Student issues (such as complaints, discipline, fitness to practise, appeals, risk management and policy and procedure reviews, crisis management and judicial reviews)
- Charity and trust issues
- Debt collection
- Intellectual property protection and exploitation
- Corporate spin outs
- Corporate structures
- Shared services.
Birketts LLP has ‘in-depth knowledge, experience and expertise in state and boarding education and safeguarding issues’ .
Legal 500 [UK 2022]