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Shakespeare Martineau

Education: Institutions (Higher & Further Education)

3 ranked lawyersBand 2UK-wideUK 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Established practice with a significant presence in the higher and further education field. Possesses deep experience advising prominent universities on constitutional and governance matters. Routinely assists with student disputes, construction matters and international partnerships. Also proficient at representing clients in employment tribunals and judicial review proceedings.

Strengths

One client states: "They have an extremely good understanding of the sector and are able to see around the issues and think about the wider context."

Another says:"The team are very prompt in their responses, incredibly knowledgeable on the law and have a very helpful and pragmatic approach."

Work highlights

Successfully represented the University of Cambridge in judicial review proceedings in the Court of Appeal, where it was determined that there is no obligation for an employer to rehire an employee who has been dismissed, even if an order for re-engagement has been made.

Notable practitioners

Geraldine Swanton specialises in assisting higher education clients with freedom of information and data protection issues. She has further experience in governance matters and acts for a range of colleges and universities.
"There is a strong sense of practicality in her advice and she helps navigate us through complex circumstances." "She is really supportive and gives sensible and pragmatic advice."

Joanna Forbes has particular expertise in assisting education sector clients with constitutional and governance matters. She is also experienced in advising on collaborations with overseas universities.
"She is able to distil complex issues and simplify complicated matters."

Smita Jamdar frequently represents universities in relation to regulatory and governance matters. She is also adept at assisting with student-facing issues, including complaints and reputational matters.
"She is on top of all the pertinent issues, and her advice is always extremely clear and considers a number of angles."

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Education: Institutions (Higher & Further Education)


Geraldine Swanton
Star Associates
Joanna Forbes
Star Associates
Smita Jamdar
Band 1