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about our education team

We offer a unique range of education advisory and HR services, underpinned by our legal expertise, and are independently recognised as one of the leading teams in the country. Our people are experts in advising education professionals and truly understand your needs. We have national coverage driven out of our five regional centres – Birmingham, Exeter, London, Manchester and Nottingham. 


As a direct result of the strong relationships we have with our clients, we have developed a range of innovative training and packaged solutions that allow you to access our services at fixed fees and budget accordingly. 

We have an established client base of over 1000 organisations of all sizes, including independent and maintained schools, boarding schools, academies and their sponsors, further education colleges, diocesan boards of education, local authorities, regulatory bodies, educational charities, maintained schools, universities and professional associations. 

We work in partnership with a number of leading organisations whom we know and trust. We are legal partners of the Institute of School Business Leadership (ISBL) and the National Governors’ Association (NGA). 

Our accreditations 

The latest edition of Legal 500 refers to our ‘exceptional’ team as being ‘uniformly helpful, patient, knowledgeable and personable’ as well as being ‘led exceptionally well‘ by the head of education Mark Blois. They have described the team as ‘impeccable’, ‘timely’ ‘excellent’ and ‘accurate’ as well as praising them for their ‘high standard of knowledge’. Nick MacKenzie was highlighted as ‘impressive’ while Richard Freeth was mentioned for his ‘good customer care skills and legal knowledge’. Julia Green was also mentioned as ‘knowledgeable’ and ‘well informed’.  

In Chambers we are recognised as an “industry powerhouse with significant experience in academy sponsorship and free school projects". During the research process, one of our clients commented “They are excellent. Their general advice has been clearly presented, they are approachable and they have been very patient in answering queries. They find a way to make things happen to get you where you want to be.” They also highlighted team head Mark Blois as being “very personable, easy to work with” and someone who “wears his knowledge lightly – he gives good advice and is a good listener” while Nick MacKenzie is “very personable and knows about education“. So if this is of interest, please talk to us…

Mark Blois

Mark Blois

Partner and Head of Education

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