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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...



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


The team at Browne Jacobson are extremely clear and transparent in their communication with clients ensuring that there is thorough understanding at different levels within the organisation which makes the process of engagement a much more enjoyable and seamless exercise. One key strength is their ability to recognise and share best practice in order to inform future development and improvement.

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

be connected newsletter for education - September 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

Updated guidance on Covid-19 vaccination: 12 to 15 year olds

On 13 September the Department of Health and Social Care announced that young people aged 12 to 15 are to be offered a Covid-19 vaccine. People aged 12 to 15 in England will be offered one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, following advice from the four UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs).

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Legal updates

Bill introduced to Parliament to enable Ofsted to have powers to inspect MATs

A former teacher and MP on the current Commons Education Select Committee, Jonathan Gullis, has introduced a bill to give Ofsted the power to inspect Multi Academy Trusts (MATs).

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Legal updates

Information Tribunal supports school’s position to refuse an FOI request for assessment data of other students

Following the awarding of qualifications based on determinations made by staff at examination centres over the past two years during the Coronavirus pandemic, a number of students and their parents have sought to challenge the awards.

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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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Advocacy in Action: Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders (FGMPO)

The issue of Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders and the importance of education providers to act promptly.

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Responsibilities towards students identifying as non-binary

Our top tips for supporting transgender and non-binary pupils.

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Mark Blois

Mark Blois

Partner and Head of Education

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