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specialist education lawyers

Specialising in education law and policy as well as providing legal advice for schools, Browne Jacobson is an award-winning leading team of legal experts, trusted by over 1,300 schools and academies across the country. As an approved partner of the NGA, NAHT, CST, ASCL and ISBL, our dedicated and experienced specialist education law solicitors and HR consultants provide HR support, annual legal advice packages and academy conversion project services for absolute fixed fees.

Committed to providing the highest level of service to our clients; no matter the situation you find yourself in, our education law solicitors can provide comprehensive advice around education laws, to help you do what is right for your pupils, staff and school.

How can an education lawyer help my school?

There are certain times you may feel the need to seek the help of education lawyers. Whatever the reason, our specialist team is always on hand to help. Education law cases can often be quite complex. They may require multiple stages of complaints, appeals and referrals, so enlisting the help of one of our education law solicitors can be the helping hand that your school or academy needs.

Whether you need help and advice on how to convert your cluster of schools into an academy, how to resolve an employment issue or general guidance on admissions, exclusions and special education needs duties, we handle a variety of cases covering a range of subject matters on a daily basis.

What education legal advice and services do you offer?

We strive to give the best legal advice for schools available, which is why our clients choose, and stay with us. Our education lawyers are passionate about education and will guide you through each step of the process with friendly, pragmatic professional support. We can advise on all areas of law and offer a full range of services to assist your school or academy.

Included is advice on data protection and information sharing, looking at the changes that schools and academies face; employment and human resources, including staffing issues and devising of long-term strategies; child protection and safeguarding, helping you navigate the ins and outs of safeguarding laws and what they mean for you; immigration in education, including licences to help you recruit; and special education needs and disability, providing expert advice to schools on Equality Act issues including claims for race, sex, religious or disability discrimination.

We also offer help and advice on the following areas of law:

Why choose Browne Jacobson education law solicitors?

Servicing over 1,300 schools and academies across the country, our clients choose us because of our sector expertise and exceptional client service - helping to deliver your vision in a cost-effective way, through innovative packages and strategic support.

Whether you need our HR services or data protection help, or immediate access to advice via our Quickcall and MAT Quickcall services, our team of education lawyers are on hand to put together a personalised quote to suit your own individual needs.

don’t take our word for it:

"The team is reliable and extremely responsive," remarks one client, who adds: "They are the best in the business and their reputation is well deserved."

A further client comment: "The level of service we receive is impeccable. They are efficient in their response, professional in their service and the quality is outstanding."

"No other firm matches their depth of knowledge of the complexities of academy law or their pragmatic, problem-solving approach," another client reveals.

Chambers 2020

The team have been exceptional. They have been understanding, reassuring and knowledgeable. I can't emphasise how valuable their support has been at both a practical and an emotional level.

Chambers 2019

what our clients say....

We usually need advice urgently and quickcall delivers every time, offering practical and comprehensive advice. Excellent service.

Pamela Haralambos, Business Manager, St Christopher’s CE High School

training and events


ISBL regional Conference Sheffield

Browne Jacobson’s Associate Sophie Jackson discusses the rise in growth of SEN and the impact of this on schools. Please note that this event was postponed from June 2020.

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CST Inaugural Annual Conference Hilton Metropole, NEC, National Exhibition Centre, Pendigo Way, Marston Green, Birmingham, B40 1PP

Come and meet the team at CST’s Inaugural Annual Conference this summer. Partner Nick MacKenzie will also be delivering a workshop on governance leadership.

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