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Higher education lawyers

Higher education institutions operate in a constantly changing global landscape. Regulatory shifts, significant funding changes and cuts, increasing consumer expectations and stakeholder scrutiny create ever more complex legal, regulatory and reputational risks. Increased commercialization, collaboration and global competition are creating new opportunities all the time.

Whatever legal support you need, our team of highly experienced education lawyers should be your first port of call. With an Education team rated first in the UK in Chambers and Legal 500, it is no surprise that we advise more than 100 universities. We can support you across your full range of legal needs, including real estate, HR, diversity and inclusion, governance, corporate, commercial, litigation and dispute resolution, international collaborations and ventures, IP, enterprise investment, student claims, consumer law and regulatory and compliance.

We help you think strategically and innovatively, beyond the legal small print, and to take confident and robust decisions. Our strong relationships with government bodies and regulators helps us to keep you ahead of any changes coming down the line. We are a trusted advisor to many clients and a sounding board for new ideas and initiatives: many HEIs turn to us to support their business critical or ground-breaking projects.

We're a global law firm, with experienced colleagues around the world and dedicated teams in the UK, USA, the Gulf and Asia. When you want to look beyond your main campus, we're here to help deliver your global ambitions. We can help you set up and operate flexibly overseas whilst meeting local regulatory requirements. For investors and funders we offer the transactional support you would expect of a global law firm, but allied to true sector insight.

Wherever you operate and whatever your legal needs, we’re here to help you navigate risk, seize opportunities and overcome the challenges ahead.

“They have an outstanding practice in higher education."

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

Experienced higher education lawyers

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

  • supporting universities to establish overseas campuses and collaborative partnerships and advising on the set up of major new research institutes
  • acting for a major private university group on the sale of one of their institutions
  • supporting universities to successfully deliver significant organizational change programmes, including complex redundancy exercises
  • advising universities on disputes involving the interaction of equality obligations and issues of free speech, including under internal procedures, employment tribunal complaints and threatened judicial review proceedings
  • acting for a private university on its transfer to one of the world’s largest higher education groups

Contact our higher education team

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