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Our team of dedicated and trusted higher education lawyers understand the globally competitive and challenging environment in which you operate and know what represents an actionable solution for your institution. In the ever-changing world of higher education, it is more important than ever that you have access to specialist higher education legal advice that you can rely on.

Our team of higher education solicitors will work with you to help you make and take opportunities in the rapidly changing legal, regulatory and commercial landscape you operate in, both domestically and internationally.

We will do this by providing genuine insight into current higher education law and a fresh perspective to the issues you face, as well as delivering client-focused solutions rather than technical answers to defined legal questions. We are always looking to influence, innovate and challenge the status quo. We add value wherever we can.

Our clients choose us because of our sector expertise and intrinsic knowledge of higher education law, but they stay with us because of our exceptional service.

Browne Jacobson’s higher education legal advice

We work with senior leadership, management teams and in-house legal teams in higher education institutions (HEIs), supporting them with informed and strategic decision-making as well as the identification and management of risk.

We also engage with sector organisations to support their work and contribute to debate and policy.

We provide a comprehensive range of legal services to HEIs including:

Why choose Browne Jacobson’s higher education solicitors?

We are a national team of higher education lawyers that understands the sector and brings a fresh perspective. To find out more, please contact Bettina Rigg or call +44 (0)330 045 2268.

What our clients say....



The Browne Jacobson family has gone above and beyond that which is required of external lawyers.

Sam McGinty, Head of Legal Services, Loughborough University

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be connected newsletter for higher education - November 2021

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

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Supporting disabled applicants to higher or degree apprenticeships

Our top tips for Higher Education Institutions supporting disabled students on higher or degree apprenticeships.

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The DfE’s draft education and sustainability strategy

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

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Quashing the rebellion – or inciting it?

Following the defeat of the Government in respect of the prorogation case in 2019, the Government commissioned an Independent Review of Administrative Law in 2020.

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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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Be wary of events post-dating the presentation of an Employment Tribunal claim

In Sakyi-Opare v Albert Kennedy Trust, the EAT held that an Employment Tribunal erred in deciding a claim was out of time because it did not first consider the claimant’s application to amend her claim, which included events that post-dated her claim.

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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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Home Office Central Registry for modern slavery statement goes live - first universities publish statements

The Home Office recently launched a central registry for modern slavery statements. A growing number of educational organisations, including a number of universities, have published statements on the registry.

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Bettina Rigg

Bettina Rigg

Partner and Head of Higher Education

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