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Browne Jacobson adds two to growing Manchester education team

10 June 2013

The Manchester office of Browne Jacobson has been strengthened further with the arrival to two new lawyers in its education team.

Associate Dominic Buckley arrives from the Manchester office of Addleshaw Goddard whilst Partner Dai Durbridge is relocating from the firm's Nottingham office.

Dominic qualified into the Real Estate team at Addleshaw Goddard in 2006 and has since gained extensive experience acting on complex property and real estate transactions for businesses including The Co-Operative Group, Tata Chemicals Europe Ltd, Screwfix, Standard Life and Omega Warrington Limited - a joint initiative between the Miller Group and RBS as part of the Omega North development project.

Dai Durbridge specialises in safeguarding and pastoral care matters, advising schools and academies on education issues including school admissions, exclusions, information sharing, searching pupils and handling allegations against staff. Dai is a recognised expert in safeguarding and has a national reputation for advising, speaking and training on safe recruitment in schools, managing disclosures of abuse and referring conduct to the Disclosure and Barring Service. Dai is a member of the firms highly rated education law team which acts for over 700 education sector organisations.

Dominic Swift, partner and head of Manchester said:

"I am delighted to welcome both Dominic and Dai to Manchester. Their arrival forms part of a major recruitment drive which has seen our North West based legal team more than double in size in recent months with the appointments of Katie Scott from Gateley, Amanda Callaghan & Louise Wallbank from Hempsons and Nicky Collins from George Davies.

The spotlight on pastoral issues, in particular safeguarding, has never been greater and having Dai on board in Manchester will be a huge asset to our education sector clients in the North West.

Dominics property experience is also equally impressive and his understanding of the major challenges and issues will be an invaluable resource to our education sector clients.

I am confident both will play a key part in the development of our client offering as we seek to establish an even firmer foothold in the North West."

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