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Employment experience in the education sector

Our employment lawyers act as trusted advisers to education institutions on a daily basis, providing advice which is prompt, robust and cost effective. Both our education team and our human resources team are rated as category 1 in Chambers, Legal 500 and other publications.

The strength of our education employment practice, coupled with our work with sector bodies such as UHR, UUK, AHUA, UCEA, AMHEC, AoC, and the SFCA gives us unrivalled experience of the employment issues currently facing the sector. We also lead the field in providing effective HR legal, training and consultancy services.

We deal with many complex employment issues and tribunals, providing the highest quality technical advice. Our broad range of experience and knowledge, includes the following specialisms:

HR issues

Our lawyers work closely with institutions to resolve HR issues before they become employment disputes. We advise and guide institutions in the strategic direction and management of complex disputes such as discipline, grievance, whistleblowing and bullying and harassment. Our experience includes dealing with allegations of wrongdoing, constitutional protection and exit negotiations with senior employees.

Industrial disputes

We provide strategic advice in dealing with trade union disputes and offering practical guidance and advice where there is a threat of industrial action. Our experience also includes advising on recognition and collective agreements and alternative consultation forums.

Employment tribunal representation

Our lawyers support and represent education institutions in employment tribunals across the UK. We work closely with clients in dealing with their claims and assist you to find a strategy that helps you achieve your goals.

Diversity and discrimination

As well as advising on the day to day management of diversity and discrimination issues in the workplace, we support institutions with more complex issues, for example, the implementation of the single equality duty and equal pay issues. With our knowledge of the education sector, we can guide you through the equality and diversity challenges that are unique to the education sector.

Business restructure and reorganisation

Our lawyers advise institutions on strategic management of complex and large scale restructuring and reorganisation processes. We guide institutions through the process, advising on the legal risks and how these can be reduced and we assist clients in managing the process smoothly and sensitively.


We advise institutions on all the issues arising from the Transfer of Undertakings. Our experience includes transfer of staff both in respect of transfers of course provisions between institutions and outsourcing and change of service contracts. With our dedication to the education sector, we are best placed to guide you through this complex area of law.

Data protection and freedom of information

With Data Protection and Freedom of Information making the headlines more and more often, institutions need advisers who have expertise in the education sector. Our lawyers regularly advise institutions in relation to data protection and requests made under the Freedom of Information Act.

Employment law retainer

We find that many of our clients like to use our dedicated helpline and/or annual retainer service. This offers institutions an opportunity to fix all of the core HR costs for the year. The service can be tailored to meet the needs of your institution and a competitive no obligation fee quote will be provided upon request.

What people say about us

Diane Gilhooley is an expert in employment matters affecting the education sector.”

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