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law firm appointed approved legal advisers by Churchmarketplace

7 May 2015

Browne Jacobson has been appointed as an approved legal adviser to catholic education establishments by Churchmarketplace, a purchasing consortium representing the 22 Roman Catholic Dioceses in England and Wales.

Created in 2010, Churchmarketplace is a not-for profit purchasing group of the Catholic Church aimed at serving the buying needs of schools, parishes, charities, religious orders and agencies across the country on a range of everyday products and services.

Browne Jacobson was appointed following a competitive tender process which will see the firm advise Churchmarketplace members on a range of education law matters ranging from admissions, special educational needs, property and employment to child protection, governance and data protection.

Browne Jacobsons highly regarded education team currently acts for six Catholic Dioceses and it advised on the setting up the countrys first catholic multi-academy trust (MAT) in 2011. Since then it has since helped establish more than 20 further MATs and advised over 125 Catholic schools nationally on their academy conversion process.

Jenny Williamson, Director of Churchmarketplace, said:

"We welcome Browne Jacobson as an official supplier and know that their wealth of experience in the Catholic education sector will serve our members well."

Mark Blois, head of education, commented on the appointment:

"We are delighted to have been appointed by Churchmarketplace and to be part of its team. With over 30 dedicated lawyers across five UK offices our experience in advising the Catholic education sector over many years is second to none and means we are ideally placed to deliver high quality legal advice that is tailored to the unique needs Catholic education establishments."

Browne Jacobson is ranked as one of the top education law firms in the country by both Chambers and Legal 500 directories and currently advise over 1000 education sector organisations nationally. It recently became the first legal team in the country to be awarded a three star rating by Investors in Customers (IIC) for exceptional client service.


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Lakhbir Rakar

Lakhbir Rakar

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