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Browne Jacobson LLP

Education: Institutions (Schools)

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What the team is known for

Stellar education practice providing in-depth advice and support to a wide range of schools and academies across the country. Particularly well known for assisting with academy conversions and various issues concerning students, including work relating to safeguarding, exclusions and placements. Also regularly assists clients with governance and data protection matters, as well as Equality Act and discrimination claims. 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.

Strengths

"I can unreservedly trust them to handle sensitive and difficult matters," one client remarks, adding: "Their advice and support is pragmatic and I would highly recommend them."

Another client commends the team's "diligence, proactiveness and determination to get the job done."

Interviewees say: "The team provides a brilliant service and has a thorough knowledge of the sector."

Work highlights

Assisted with the establishment of a new Catholic multi-academy company in the West Midlands and the conversion of 13 primary and secondary schools into it.

Notable practitioners

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.
"He is a knowledgeable lawyer who is an expert in the field."

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.
"He is down to earth and gives crystal-clear advice that is in plain English and considers all the implications."

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.
"He is very approachable and provides helpful advice on challenging and thought-provoking matters."

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.

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.
"He is very diligent, going through things with such a level of detail that you know nothing will be missed and summarising it in an easy manner for a layperson to understand."

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Overview

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.

Members

Blois, Mark (Head of Department)

Badger, Helen

Briant-Evans, Tom

Durbridge, Dai

Green, Julia

Hughes, Emma

Mackenzie, Nick

Michelon, Katie

Mitchell, Heather

O'Sullivan, Hayley

Shardlow, Adrian

Industries

Education

Education: Institutions (Schools) Department

Browne Jacobson LLP

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Mowbray House

Castle Meadow Road

Nottingham

Nottinghamshire

UK

NG2 1BJ

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Education: Institutions (Schools)


Dai Durbridge
Band 4
Nick Mackenzie
Band 3
Richard Freeth
Band 4
Tom Briant-Evans
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