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Further education lawyers

Further education institutions have been hit hard by reductions in public funding. We know that you face the challenge of maintaining and increasing the quality of your provision while resources continue to contract.

Our experienced education lawyers can provide you with advice and support across the full spectrum of legal issues you may face, both nationally and internationally, including: corporate and commercial, charity law, employment, student/pupil matters, litigation and dispute management, real estate, intellectual property, health and safety, constitutional issues and regulatory advice.

We regularly work with colleges on collaboration projects and structural changes to increase efficiency, as well as assisting institutions to maximize the use of college estates and other resources. We also advise on the academization of sixth form colleges.

As well as working with further education colleges, we also work with a number of sector bodies and are regularly asked to speak at sector conferences and events. Our unique governance subscription service provides access to detailed commentary on college constitutions, template policies and a helpline that is accessed by governance professionals on a daily basis.

We pride ourselves on providing you with accountable, straightforward and cost-effective legal support. Our lawyers are committed to the college sector and believe in building long-term relationships with our clients. We can help you develop a strategy, consistent with your goals, to balance all of your legal and commercial needs, whether that involves looking outwards to other territories or forwards to new technologies – or minimizing risk and dealing with financial challenges closer to home. For colleges and anyone else in the further education sector, you should consider us as your strategic partners.

“They have exceptional knowledge of the FE sector, are responsive and always follow up quickly."

- Chambers UK 2022 - Education: Institutions (Higher & Further Education)

Experienced further education lawyers

Our lawyers are experienced in all aspects of further education and colleges law. Our recent experience includes:

  • acting on some of the largest mergers in the FE sector
  • acting for UK colleges which set up FE institutions in Saudi Arabia as part of the Colleges of Excellence programme
  • acting on more than half of the Institutes of Technology recently set up
  • acting for a university on its establishment of a novel group structure of a university and a college in a group
  • acting on all the recent DfE-funded HE/FE groups

Contact our further education team

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