Farrer & Co LLP

Education: Institutions (Higher & Further Education) Department

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What the team is known for Represents a range of significant clients, including universities, business schools and professional training bodies. Noted for its expertise in data protection law, commercial contracts and real estate work. Offers comprehensive representation in employment issues, student disputes and reputation management. Also advises on large collaborative projects between universities and commercial organisations with increasing regularity. Particularly adept at advising on charity law issues in the sector.

Strengths Sources remark that the team "communicates effectively and breaks down the information so that a non-legal person can understand it and apply it."

Clients state: "They give really pragmatic and constructive advice that takes into account complexities and ambiguities and finds a common-sense way through the issues."

Work highlights Represented Ashridge Business School on the £30 million sale of its executive education business and Grade I listed property to EF Education First.

Notable practitioners

David Copping
handles a broad range of work in the education sector, including regulatory matters, intellectual property issues and international collaborations. His clients include leading universities and higher education associations.
"He is client-focused, brings new ideas to the table and has an all-encompassing knowledge of the key issues affecting the education sector.""He is very pragmatic, knowledgeable and goes above and beyond with his approach."