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our leadership team

We believe our people are our most important asset. With over 40 dedicated education specialists offering the full range of legal expertise across our five office network, we are one of the largest and most diverse education firms in the country.

our people

Mark Blois

Mark Blois

Partner and Head of Education

Mark Blois specialises in advice to schools, colleges, and local authorities on the full range of legal issues, both contentious and non-contentious including changes of category, re-organisations, governance, commercial arrangements, special educational needs, disability discrimination, admissions, exclusions and safeguarding.

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Bettina Rigg

Bettina Rigg

Partner and Head of Higher Education

Bettina is an employment and education lawyer advising universities and colleges on a range of operational and strategic issues.

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Emma Hughes

Emma Hughes

Head of HR Services

Emma is the Head of HR Services and manages the team responsible for providing HR consultancy services to a range of clients across multiple sectors.

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Nick MacKenzie

Nick MacKenzie

Partner

Nick is a member of the firm’s board. He specialises in corporate and governance advice in the education sector.

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Dai-Durbridge

Dai Durbridge

Partner

Dai Durbridge specialises in advising schools, academies and other education providers on all pastoral matters, including admissions, exclusions, managing allegations against staff and all safeguarding matters, with a specific interest in vetting and barring. He is a recognised expert and delivers a variety of training and workshops on all pastoral matters.

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Julia Green

Julia Green

Partner

Julia specialises in education law advice to schools, academies and colleges including statutory conversions of all types and property issues ranging from easements to development agreements.

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Richard Freeth

Richard Freeth

Partner

Richard Freeth specialises in advice to schools and local authorities on the full range of issues including special educational needs, disability discrimination, admissions, exclusions, appeals, reorganisations, governance and academy conversions.

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Heather Mitchell

Heather Mitchell

Partner

Heather specialises in contentious and non-contentious employment matters including; contractual issues, unfair dismissal, redundancy and all areas of discrimination.

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Dominic Swift

Dominic Swift

Partner

Dominic specialises in commercial property and property development law advising on all aspects of development transactions; advises on property elements of insolvency and banking.

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Adrian Shardlow

Adrian Shardlow

Partner

Adrian Shardlow specialises in all areas of education law including advisory work, public law, admissions, special needs and setting up academies under the Academies Act 2010.

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