Further Education

Market leading education advice that can’t be rivalled

Our team of education specialists works with further education institutions across the UK on a broad range of issues

As a full-service law firm with a focus on the education sector, we’re able to tailor our service offering to fit your needs. Our track record speaks for itself. We’re proud to have education as one of our firm’s longest standing key sectors, acting for over 100 further and higher education institutions.

With industry leading experience in the further education sector, our multi-disciplinary team of experts offers you straight forward market-leading advice to deal with a wide range of matters that affect colleges.

Led by Tom Long, our education specialists are able to tailor a service offering to fit your needs

"As the voice of our clients, we often talk to government and sector leaders to help shape policy and stay ahead in knowing the impact of sector trends and regulatory changes.

The breadth and depth of our experience means that we’re excellently-positioned to work with, whether it’s providing day-to-day advice or supporting your strategic aims, from minimising the impact of funding challenges to collaborating with higher education institutions, or understanding how the recently published FE White Paper and its initiatives will impact your institution and ways to implement them, we’d be delighted to work with you."

We’re proud to be trusted legal advisors in the Further Education sector

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From supplier arrangements through to group reorganisations, our team of experts can support you on the full range of corporate and commercial issues arising

Corporate & Commercial
  • Drafting, negotiating and reviewing collaboration agreements with third parties

  • Advising on options for merger or ownership restructuring

  • Advising on changes to constitution

  • Advising on group reorganisations, including incorporation and removal of subsidiaries

  • Drafting joint venture documentation

  • Supporting the management of related companies and corporate groups, including spin outs

  • Advising on governance structures

  • Advising on disputes arising out of commercial agreements

Our Experience Includes...

Advising a college in connection with the renewal of a collaboration arrangement (franchise) with a local university partner.

Employment & HR
  • General day to day HR queries

  • Sickness absence and attendance management

  • Discipline and grievance issues

  • Performance management

  • Provision of training for staff

  • Policy and procedure reviews

  • Contracts of employment

  • TUPE transfers

  • Whistleblowing and unfair dismissal claims

  • Employment Tribunals

Our Experience Includes...

Assisting with the TUPE transfer of around 100 staff from an alternative local provider that was closing its campus

Finance
  • Advising colleges across the spectrum of funding transactions, including for working capital, refinancing, property acquisition and campus development purposes

  • Negotiating grant agreements, especially from LEPs

  • Working with and advising on documentation derived from the Loan Market Association

  • Project managing financing transactions, working closely with finance and estate management teams

Our Experience Includes...

Acting for a college in connection with its c£20m refinance and restructure of existing facilities funding package

Procurement
  • Advising on tender process and procurement strategy, including selection process and award criteria

  • Advising on and drafting supplier agreements

  • Assisting with preparing and negotiating grant funding, including negotiating security

  • Advising on State Aid compliance and recovery procedures

Our Experience Includes...

Assisting with preparing and negotiating grant funding documentation for the updating and refurbishment of a college’s campuses after acquiring funding

Working With

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We have supported the College in its bid to establish an Institute of Technology from the very earliest stage of the development of the government’s initiative

At that stage, the government had not settled on a way of delivering its objective and through the College we helped to shape the legal form that these institutes have taken. We have since helped the College establish the necessary legal framework to deliver the IoT which opens in September 2021.

Why choose Shakespeare Martineau?

  • We are a top 55 law firm

  • Dedicated multi-disciplinary education team with over 100 experts in multiple office across the UK

  • Sector specialists advising over 100 higher education institutions and further education colleges

  • Ranked as a leading law firm in The Legal 500 UK 2021

How can we help?

Our expert lawyers are ready to help you with a wide range of legal services, use the search below or call us on: 0330 024 0333

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