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Legal services for the education sector

The Eversheds Sutherland global Education teams have extensive experience in a wide range of education legal matters. Our clients include higher and further education institutions, independent schools and academies in the UK, and colleges and universities, state education departments and officials, elementary and secondary schools (public and private), charter schools and education management organizations in the U.S.

Experienced education lawyers

As a result of their varied and extensive experience, our lawyers have a deep understanding of the substantive legal, regulatory and policy issues facing your organization.

Our education services include:

  • merger, collaboration and group structures
  • the establishment of new schools or campuses
  • school governance, management and accreditation
  • protection of intellectual property
  • commercial contracts
  • student matters, including special education
  • employment practices and benefits
  • financial matters
  • freedom of information and open records/meetings compliance
  • freedom of expression and First Amendment issues
  • school finance (equity and adequacy of education funding)
  • constitutional law and civil rights matters
  • privacy and data protection
  • bonds and public finance
  • real estate and construction
  • tax exemptions, foundations and charity law
  • competitive bidding and procurement disputes
  • compliance and investigations
  • litigation and dispute resolution

An experienced Education legal team

Our recent work in the UK includes:

  • advising the Medical Research Council (MRC) on the transfer of four of its intramural research units to their partner universities as part of the MRC’s expanding university units programme
  • advising on the procurement of a new multi-million pound student accommodation development, which provided 600 units together with associated facilities
  • advising a university client on a new financing loan arrangement provided by a syndicate of banks; the £150m loan was provided to help the university with its continued growth and development
  • acting for the Association of Colleges in a successful judicial review challenge to the Department for Education (DfE)’s decision to approve a new sixth form, which concluded with the withdrawal of the sixth form application and also an agreement that the DfE would review its guidance on new sixth form approvals
  • providing strategic advice in relation to complex industrial relations issues, ranging from recognition and collective agreements, through to collective disputes, industrial unrest and industrial action and alternative consultation forums

Our recent work in the U.S. includes:

  • representing the states of New York, Florida, Minnesota, North Dakota, Georgia and Missouri in high profile constitutional litigation challenging the states’ K-12 public school funding systems
  • serving as outside general counsel to large metropolitan public school districts, and as special counsel to many others
  • representing numerous states and school districts in school desegregation and civil rights litigation
  • providing general counsel to several private and charter elementary and secondary schools

We pride ourselves on providing you with accountable, straightforward and cost-effective legal support. We believe in building long-term relationships with our clients.

“Peers and clients alike wax lyrical about this ubiquitous force in the education market. Regarded as the primary player in the field, clients laud ‘a comprehensive service, extensive networks, highly ethical and professional people’, whilst others observe: ’It treats us as an important client; we receive tailored service and regular client review meetings’.” – Chambers and Partners Directory

"They have very impressive resources and depth, and their advice has been first class. They are always very prompt and their advice is succinct and to the point." – Client feedback

Contact our Education team

If you would like any further information or need advice on education, please contact our legal team.