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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.

Our national client base includes:

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, 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 , 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

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Published articles

Key steps to avoid falling foul of disability discrimination laws

The law around disability discrimination against pupils is not straightforward – but the reputational risk, let alone costs, of falling foul of the law are huge, so it’s worth upskilling staff whenever possible, as these two lawyers outline.

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Employment Law – Harpur Trust v Brazel – Implications for schools webinar

On 20 July 2022, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited judgment in the case of Harpur Trust v Brazel, upholding the decision of the Court of Appeal. For those of you familiar with this case, you will know that it concerns the statutory leave requirements for part-time and part-year workers. For schools and academies whose workforce consists of a variety of types of part-time and part-year workers, this case is one that must be understood before any changes are applied. Come and join Emma Hughes, Head of HR Services as she puts questions to Ian Deakin, Employment Partner, and Sarah Linden, Senior Associate.

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Press releases

Leading education lawyers play major role as DfE announces 10,000th academy conversion

The Department for Education (DfE) have announced that the conversion of Donisthorpe Primary School in Leicestershire on 1st September marked the 10,000th academy conversion.

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Guides

How to carry out the KCSiE online checks FAQs

There is (understandably) some confusion about the steps schools and trusts need to take to discharge the new online check duty set out in paragraph 220 of KCSIE. I can’t completely clarify all of it for you, but I can help you find a sensible route through. These FAQs are a good place to start.

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Mark Blois

Mark Blois

Partner and Head of Education

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