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Legal and HR services for schools and academy trusts

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Independently recognised as award-winning legal and HR experts, we are trusted by over 1,300 different schools and academy trusts across the country every year.

Committed to providing the highest level of service to our clients no matter the situation or opportunity, our leading team of education law solicitors and HR consultants provide straight-talking, forward-thinking advice to help you do what is fundamentally right for your pupils and organisation.

Through working with hundreds of maintained and independent schools as well as academies and multi-academy trusts nationally we recognise that you need access to a broad range of services to ensure that you get the support that you need.

We can draw on expertise from across our full-service firm to assist you with your bespoke needs – from education law, employment issues, property and construction projects, to managing health and safety, commercial opportunities and disputes.

Where autonomy and accountability are the central pillars of national policy, it is essential to make sure you are getting the most out of your partnerships. With dedicated and experienced education law solicitors and HR consultants offering annual support packages and bespoke academy conversion project services for absolute fixed fees, our clients choose us because of our sector expertise but stay with us because of our exceptional service.

We are approved partners of the Association of School and College Leaders, Churchmarketplace, the Confederation of School Trusts, the National Association of Head Teachers and the National Governance Association. The head of our education practice, Mark Blois, is also a designated National Leader of Governance.

What we do

As a leading provider of legal and HR services to schools and trusts of different structures and locations including maintained, faith and independent education providers, single and multi-academy trusts, we provide a comprehensive range of legal services including:

Why choose Browne Jacobson education lawyers?

As five times winners of the Education Investors Award our clients choose us because of our sector expertise but stay with us because of our exceptional service. For further information on how we can help you please contact us.

What our clients say....



I truly enjoy working with such smart, thoughtful and wise colleagues. They go much further than expert legal advice - they want to make a real contribution to education in England.

Leora Cruddas, Chief Executive, CEO

What the directories say...



"Browne Jacobson have taken the time to understand our needs and preferred approach," one impressed client remarks, adding: "They are always accessible and we’ve never had to wait for a response, email or return call."

Chambers 2022


I have always found the lawyers at Browne Jacobson willing to work differently with in house teams – genuinely collaborative in approach, willing to be flexible and think outside the box when trying to fix issues from live casework to recruitment and development of staff. They can work like an extension of the in house team – a much needed distinguishing factor as against their peers in the market.

Legal 500 2021


"I can unreservedly trust them to handle sensitive and difficult matters," one client remarks, adding: "Their advice and support is pragmatic and I would highly recommend them."

Chambers 2021


No other firm matches their depth of knowledge of the complexities of academy law or their pragmatic, problem-solving approach.

Chambers 2020


Browne Jacobson LLP offers 'outstanding knowledge and information with regard to all education matters and wider matters affecting multi-academy trusts'.

Legal 500 2020


The team have been exceptional. They have been understanding, reassuring and knowledgeable. I can't emphasise how valuable their support has been at both a practical and an emotional level.

Chambers 2019

Focus on...

Legal updates

Managing your Covid-19-impacted ski trips now and in the future

The issue of Covid-19-impacted school ski trips is once again causing schools much difficulty. As we have been advising a number of schools on their Covid-19-impacted ski trips, we thought this article would help guide schools when they are planning their forthcoming ski trips.

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Published articles

Families of Schools –Where are we with the DfE Messaging?

In the intervening years we have seen the actual number of schools converting to academy status over the past few years has gone up and down in a succession of waves.

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Legal updates

be connected newsletter for education - December 2021

In this edition we provide you with the latest in legal updates, news and insight from the sector.

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Legal updates

The DfE’s draft education and sustainability strategy: for schools

We consider each of the ‘action areas’ of the draft strategy & what it might mean for schools & academies.

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Related opinions

Fines for unsafe removal of asbestos in schools

In order to reduce the risk of potential breaches, schools should follow this Health and Safety Executive guidance.

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Asbestos: Still the UK’s number one occupational killer

A ResPublica report highlighted that asbestos continues to be the UK’s number one occupational killer, with nurses and teachers 3 to 5 times more likely to develop mesothelioma than the general UK population. The House of Commons Work & Pensions Select Committee is investigating how the HSE manages the continued presence of asbestos in buildings.

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A level results: what this means for schools and higher education?

This year’s A Level results have been a resounding success and demonstrate the commitment and resilience of students, schools and school staff during these unprecedented times. However, there will inevitably be some students who are disappointed with the teacher assessed grade.

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Does the move into Step 4 mean the ending of Covid-19 restrictions within schools?

With the Prime Ministers announcement that he intends for Step 4 to begin on 19 July, this will also bring an end to the restrictions currently in place on education settings.

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Mark Blois

Mark Blois

Partner and Head of Education

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