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Higher education is one of the UK’s strongest exports. A university’s ability to continue to attract higher education international students, whilst successfully pursuing commercial opportunities through collaboration with overseas institutions and other partners, has become critical in the global education sector.

Operating in an international higher education market brings with it significant challenges and issues. As one of the UK’s leading international education consulting firms, we have extensive experience in multi-jurisdictional matters, advising both UK and overseas-based clients.

We are a national law firm with international reach, thus we are equally happy to work alongside your existing overseas team of advisors or leverage our extensive international network of law firms to find locally based legal counsel aligned to your business needs and objectives.

What our higher education international services offer

  • Advising UK-based international higher education institutions on a comprehensive range of matters including large-scale infrastructure projects, overseas campuses, transnational education initiatives, research and development (R&D) collaborations, multi-party consortium agreements, cross-border intellectual property (IP) agreements, cross-border data transfers, international distribution agreements, bribery and anti-corruption, competition law compliance, and dispute resolution.
  • A flexible, one-stop shop, and a practical solutions-based approach to meet a university’s international requirements, delivering as seamless a service as possible.
  • Bespoke training programmes for university staff dealing with cross-border issues.
  • International networks – through our active involvement with the British American Business Council and the University of Nottingham China business forums, we have extensive knowledge of and access to international higher education networks in those regions.
  • Global counsel – through Pangea Net, our global network of independent firms, we can align our higher education clients with local trusted legal teams in every overseas jurisdiction.

Why choose Browne Jacobson international higher education lawyers?

We work with a hand-picked selection of international partners to help meet our clients' international business needs and aspirations. For more information on how we can help your institution please contact Richard Cox.

Recent experience as a higher education consulting firm

  • Successful negotiation of a large-value US industry-funded life sciences R&D agreement with a UK university.
  • Advised a university on its collaboration with a multi-national sports brand which involved liaising with counsel in a jurisdiction outside the UK.
  • Advised a post-92 university in its receipt of funding in excess of £3m from the US Department of Homeland Security with a focus on sub-contracting and IP exploitation rights.

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