From frequent policy changes and increased student litigation to increases in outsourcing, shared services and mergers – it's a time of unprecedented challenge for education providers.

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Education everywhere is under constant pressure
Further and higher education institutions continue to grapple with the problem of lack of funding and funding arrangements.

Schools face virtually daily changes to education policy from a government desperate to address growing concerns over a system that is perceived as failing.

The whole sector is under the constant glare of publicity. Schools vs academies? The long-term future of the independent sector? The news agenda is awash with education-related stories.

Against this background, our clients need us to be responsive, flexible and practical and offer pragmatic and no-nonsense legal advice. Our experienced lawyers understand the importance of cutting through the complexity and getting to the heart of the key issues:

  • frequent policy changes to funding regime changes
  • ever-changing government policies in the schools sector
  • increases in student litigation and employment claims
  • increases in outsourcing and shared services
  • mergers, particularly within FE
  • technology, distance learning and e-learning
  • estate rationalisation and development
  • international licencing, partnership and franchising
  • funding cuts.

Our Education team lawyers have proven excellence in the sector. Like our clients they care passionately about the issues. With a multi-disciplinary approach that draws on specific skills from across our practice groups we offer support and legal advice to help clients identify and make the most of the commercial opportunities that arise, such as:

  • the government's drive on apprenticeships and NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training)
  • FE establishments setting up university technical colleges
  • international universities offering English speaking degree courses and online courses through improved e-commerce.

Examples of recent work include:

  • advice on joint ventures with the private sector
  • defending sensitive and high profile employment claims
  • estate planning and re-development
  • merger advice
  • defending applications for judicial review following student appeals and exclusions.

Broad skill set
Our multi-disciplinary approach and experience extends across risk management and outsourcing agreements in relation to facilities management, HR, IT and payroll. DWF LLP is on the panel of a number of education consortiums including the Crescent Purchasing Consortium.

Beyond legal advice
And we go further than offering legal advice. Our extensive education experience and know-how mean we're also well-qualified and frequently called upon to offer:

  • student mentoring
  • a range of training courses seminars on 'hot' sector topics
  • regular sector bulletins.

Get in touch with our Education team to find out more or sign up to our newsletters.

"On both range and quality we rate DWF very highly indeed and we have found their approach to be exceptionally supportive and client-focused."

Alison Wild, Liverpool John Moores University 

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