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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

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Legal updates

Back to School: HR and employment FAQs, March 2021

Despite the national vaccination rollout going to plan it is understandable that many school staff will be feeling hesitant about next week’s almost full return to the school site. We have put together FAQs to assist with your ongoing support and management of your employees.

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Legal updates

Responding to supplier administrations

Given the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the financial pressure that many companies are currently under may prove insurmountable.

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Legal updates

Advocacy in Action: school places during a national pandemic

Our team of qualified barristers will be reflecting on their extensive experience at hearings before Courts and Tribunals nationwide to identify key issues and lessons for education providers, considering the issue of claims arising from school placements during Covid-19 lockdown.

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Legal updates

Laptops and lifelines

As lockdown continues, technology shortages mean many pupils do not have the laptops or equipment they need to engage in remote learning.

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related opinions

Lateral flow daily contact testing paused

Following last week’s Guardian article about the concerns over lateral flow daily testing for those identified as having been a close contact of a person testing positive for Covid-19, Public Health England (PHE) and NHS Test and Trace (NHSTT) have published a position statement to recommend that daily contact testing in schools will be paused.

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Lateral flow testing in schools

Lateral flow testing is underway in schools across England to provide rapid Covid-19 testing of staff and students in secondary schools and colleges.

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School opening FAQ – 4 January 2021

Our FAQ has been put together to assist you in decision-making on school opening.

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Government announces ten-year programme of school rebuilding

Ambitious funding plans, announced recently by the Prime Minister, have made clear that spending on school buildings is seen as a key element of efforts to stimulate the economy post-COVID.

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Mark Blois

Mark Blois

Partner and Head of Education

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