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6 Ranked Lawyers

About

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We are legal experts, trusted by over 1,000 schools and academies across the country and an approved partner of the NGA, NAHT, CST, ASCL and ISBL . Our dedicated education specialist lawyers and HR consultants provide HR support, annual legal advice packages and academy conversion project services for absolute fixed fees.

Our clients choose and stay with us because of our sector expertise and exceptional client service - helping to deliver your vision in a cost effective way, through innovative packages and strategic support.

Chambers Review

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What the team is known for

Browne Jacobson offers a stellar education practice providing in-depth advice and support to a wide range of schools and academies across the country. The team is particularly well known for assisting with academy conversions and various issues concerning students, including work relating to safeguarding, exclusions and placements. The team also regularly assists clients with governance and data protection matters, as well as Equality Act and discrimination claims. The firm works in close partnership with a number of sector organisations, including the National SEND Forum, the National Association for Special Educational Needs and various Roman Catholic dioceses.

Work Highlights

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  • Browne Jacobson advised Hope Sentamu Learning Trust on the acquisition of five academies and transfer of three church academies and one alternative provision academy, resulting in a 15-school MAT.

Notable Practitioners

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Mark Blois
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Mark Blois
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Mark Blois possesses an exceptionally well-regarded education practice that focuses on assisting clients with an array of issues affecting academies. He has a strong reputation for his expert handling of academy conversions and reorganisations, governance reviews, discrimination claims and student exclusion cases.

"Mark is an excellent colleague who is thoughtful and wise. His commitment to the education sector is unparalleled, and his personal advocacy of equalities and disability is deeply impressive."

"Mark provides very clear advice and guidance."

Nick Mackenzie
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Nick Mackenzie
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Nick Mackenzie is a respected lawyer with a strong reputation for representing multi-academy trusts. He frequently assists with governance arrangements, as well as academy transfers and conversions.

"Nick is a wonderful lawyer with an incisive strategic brain. He genuinely cares for his clients and their causes."

"Nick is innovative, reliable and deeply caring. His attention to detail and personal touch is deeply impressive."

Dai Durbridge
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Dai Durbridge
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Dai Durbridge has significant experience in assisting with various education sector issues, including admissions and exclusions, safeguarding matters and data protection issues. He represents a range of clients including schools, academies and sixth form colleges.

"Dai provides excellent legal advice."

Charlotte Antoniou
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Charlotte Antoniou
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Charlotte Antoniou has expertise in an array of matters, including data protection, governance and re-brokerages. Her clients include multi-academy trusts and local authorities.

"Charlotte is an excellent legal representative for our organisation."

Richard Freeth
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Richard Freeth
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Richard Freeth is noted for his representation of schools and academies in judicial reviews concerning admissions, exclusions and behaviour policy. He frequently deals with parental complaints and Equality Act claims within the First-tier Tribunal.

"Richard is always helpful and responsive to our demands. He is supportive but challenges us when decisions are not in line with legislation."

Tom Briant-Evans
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Tom Briant-Evans
Associates to watch

Tom Briant-Evans is an associate in the firm's education team with strong experience representing multi-academy trusts. He regularly assists with conversions, re-brokerages and governance structure reviews.

"Tom has been a great adviser to us - he engaged with partners, and difficult situations were very well managed. His communication and engagement were excellent."

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Mark Blois
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Mark Blois
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Nick Mackenzie
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Nick Mackenzie
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Dai Durbridge
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Dai Durbridge
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Charlotte Antoniou
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Charlotte Antoniou
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Richard Freeth
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Richard Freeth
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Tom Briant-Evans
Tom Briant-Evans
Associates to watch

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Adrian Shardlow

Dai Durbridge

Emma Hughes

Hayley O'Sullivan

Heather Mitchell

Helen Badger

Julia Green

Katie Michelon

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Mark Blois

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