The challenges facing the education sector have never been greater, and in response many institutions are reviewing their direction, competitiveness and sustainability.

We have been advising education clients for well over a century and now have in excess of 100 clients within the education sector across England & Wales, including some of the biggest names in the sector.

Aside from our university and college client base, we also act for a number of sector bodies and regularly participate and speak at sector conferences and events. This experience means that our advice is pragmatic and practical, risk enabled rather than risk averse. We work hard to build relationships that matter, through our commitment to adding value in everything we do.

Our core education team made up of Smita Jamdar, Geraldine SwantonAnieka Golhar and Joanna Forbes only work for universities, colleges and other sector bodies. They are completely immersed in the education sector and are always at the forefront of sector issues. They provide strategic advice to university and colleges, regularly advising on constitutional and regulatory matters; corporate governance; freedom of information and data protection; student relations and disputes; and international ventures.

They are supported by, and work closely with, lawyers from across the firm, including from the employment, commercial, real estate and disputes teams - many of whom advise education sector clients on a daily basis.

We also provide a range of consultancy services for the education sector, supported by a network of experienced independent affiliates.

"The education team is excellent - approachable, knowledgeable and fun."
Chambers and Partners 2016

Meet the Team

We’re passionate about providing the right solutions and driven to make a positive difference in everything we do.

Latest Education News

20 July 2018
The new Office for Students (OfS), legally came into force in January 2018. Under this new regulator whistleblowing in UK higher education is set to change, and quite rightly offers employees who are thinking of speaking out an extra source of support. read

18 September 2017
Google hit the headlines again last week for all the wrong reasons with a lawsuit filed on behalf of all women employed by the company in California over the last four years. read

03 July 2017
This essay collection, produced by Shakespeare Martineau and Wonkhe, untangles strands from this web of connections to help understand better how these roles manifest. read

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