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Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Education: Institutions (Higher & Further Education)

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What the team is known for

Strong universities practice with significant experience in Tier 4 sponsor licences, data protection and freedom of information work. Also deals with academic litigation, pensions and industrial relations. Possesses considerable strength in immigration and regulatory matters, as well as employment disputes.

Strengths

Clients say: "They understand the sector, are pragmatic and work out tactics to suit the particular circumstances."

Work highlights

Advised Navitas on various issues, including the immigration implications of the sale of the organisation and the sponsorship of Tier 2 migrants.

Notable practitioners

Daff Richardson focuses her practice on employment law issues affecting clients in the higher education sector. She assists with both contentious and non-contentious matters, including contract arrangements and employment tribunals concerning whistle-blowing and discrimination allegations.
"She's good at seeing the wood for the trees and cutting through the unnecessary issues."

Hilary Aldred specialises in employment law and regularly represents universities and alternative higher education providers. She handles a range of matters, including judicial reviews and immigration issues.
"She's very knowledgeable in relation to academia and employment law and really understands the sector."

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Overview

Penningtons Manches' education group comprises a multidisciplinary team of corporate, commercial, charity, dispute resolution, employment, immigration, real estate, regulatory, pensions and tax lawyers. Working closely together to provide an integrated service, we support HE, FE and other education clients across a wide range of issues including sponsor licensing, student contracts, disputes, reorganisations, joint ventures, student accommodation issues, property transactions and employment tribunals.

We are increasingly being instructed by universities and private colleges to help protect them from commercial and reputational damage. Our clients welcome our ability to resolve any contractual disputes including employment, regulatory and charity issues relating to students, academic staff or education partners as well as corporate development challenges such as restructuring, overseas development and governance.

In addition to many of the UK’s leading universities, we also advise many independent schools, assessment and examinations bodies, educational publishers, national research councils and academic research associations. In 2017, we were appointed to the London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC) framework agreement for legal services.

Education: Institutions (Higher & Further Education) Department

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

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9400 Garsington Road

Oxford Business Park

Oxford

Oxfordshire

UK

OX4 2HN

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Education: Institutions (Higher & Further Education)


Daff Richardson
Band 3
Hilary Aldred
Band 3