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Higher education lawyers

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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.

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Legal updates

Exam appeals guidance released

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) this week published the appeals guidance for grades awarded this summer.

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University spinouts and joint ventures – developing your in-house expertise

Catch up on this on-demand video where intellectual property expert Selina Hinchliffe and corporate specialist Sam Sharp discussed spinouts and joint ventures providing significant commercial opportunities for universities to capitalise on their research and innovation expertise.

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Legal updates

be connected newsletter for higher education - April 2021

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

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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. The financial support schemes cannot go on indefinitely and, when they are removed, it is likely that we will see the number of insolvencies increase.

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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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Allegations of abuse in schools, colleges and universities

The website “Everyone’s Invited” is a movement which is “committed to eradicating rape culture” and describes “rape culture” as “all the ways that different forms of aggressive and violent sexual behaviour are normalised, encouraged and even admired by society”. Find out more.

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The lateral flow testing of university students

Guidance for students returning to, and starting higher education, in spring term 2021 requires universities to set a clear expectation that all students should access Covid-19 testing on their return to university.

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Return of university students for the spring term

The government has issued guidance on how University students will return and resume blended learning after the Christmas break - what does this mean for HE providers?

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Bettina Rigg

Bettina Rigg

Partner and Head of Higher Education

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