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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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Nick MacKenzie

Nick MacKenzie

Partner

Nick MacKenzie specialises in advising education providers on governance, strategy and structural changes, academy transfers and rebrokering together with collaborations, joint ventures and the establishment of trading vehicles.

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Dominic Swift

Dominic Swift

Partner and Head of Property

Dominic Swift 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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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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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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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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Laura Hughes

Laura Hughes

Partner

Laura Hughes specialises in planning and environmental law for public and corporate sector bodies; experienced in judicial reviews, planning, land use and right of way matters.

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