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banking, finance and funding for the higher education sector

higher education

Universities operate in a globally competitive sector and are having to constantly think more innovatively about how to maximise both existing revenue streams and explore new opportunities. Being able to secure the necessary funding to invest in infrastructure, technology and people to meet rising student expectations is essential for higher education institutions (HEIs).

We work extensively with many of the UK’s largest established financial institutions as well as short term lenders, asset-based lenders and the new generation of challenger banks.

Our specialist banking team with its extensive experience of both UK and cross border transactions means we are best placed to help HEIs source and secure the most effective financial solution to meet their domestic and international education business needs.

What we offer

Our banking and finance lawyers have experience advising our higher education clients on the full range of banking, finance and funding matters including:

  • Real estate finance
  • Restructurings
  • Refinancings
  • Project finance
  • Asset based finance

Why choose Browne Jacobson banking, finance and funding lawyers?

We are known for giving practical advice, having strong market knowledge and being easy to use, proactive and being prepared to ‘give a view’. For more information please contact Jonathan Edwards.

recent experience

  • Advising on a term loan facility being provided by a major UK bank to a university for the construction of a new landmark building.

  • Advising a Midlands university on a significant term debt facility with a major UK bank to help deliver its estate strategy.

  • Advising Loughborough University on the financing of spinouts including the structure, implementation and realisation of the investment.

what our clients say....

Adept at handling a range of finance mandates, from acquisition finance and refinancings to asset-based lending.

I appreciated their willingness to innovate and to not just do exactly what I told them, but think of better ways to do it.

What we like about them most is that they are commercial…they will give you a problem and a potential solution.

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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.


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.


Legal updates

Remote learning and managing its accidental impact on energy contracts

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced higher education institutions (HEIs) to move almost exclusively to remote learning for large periods of the last year. However, longer term, HEIs will no doubt be looking at the benefits of continuing with remote learning and/or a hybrid of in-person and remote learning.


Legal updates

Gradings without exams – arrangements for the Class of 2021

Assessment arrangements for those due to finish their level 3 studies in 2021 are being finalised at present, to create a system that is deemed to be as fair as possible and to avoid a situation where the grades are felt not to reflect the students’ capabilities and efforts.


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