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Claims and liability in the education sector


We are long-standing, trusted advisors to the education sector with in depth expertise, talent and experience, advising clients on the full range of their legal needs from commercial work through to claims.

We advise over 1000 education sector organisations including schools (both independent and maintained), academies, further education colleges, universities, local authorities, and insurers. Our practice covers many areas including special educational needs, disability discrimination, school admissions and school reorganisations.

Our specialist team are consistently ranked band 1 nationally by Chambers UK and Legal 500. We were awarded the Education Investor Award for Legal Advisors to Education Institutions in both 2011 and 2013 where the judges commented “Browne Jacobson have revolutionised service delivery and pioneered a new delivery model for schools and are at the cutting edge of thought leadership for the sector”. Our legal services have been given the Independent Academies Association’s Assured Services Quality Mark which was established in recognition of the need for education providers to buy from a reliable, safe source. Both the DfE and the Association of School & College Leaders support the IAAS Quality Mark.

Our Education Team is also the only one to be the Approved Law Firm Partner of all three of the National Governance Association (NGA) and the Independent Academies Association (IAA). We are one of only two legal firms appointed to handle claims covered by the Department for Education’s (DfE) Academies Risk Protection Arrangement (RPA).

What we do...

  • Employers’ and public liability claims, including dyslexia, bullying, stress and violence in the workplace.
  • Property damage.
  • Successfully defending allegations against schools who have failed to adequately address and deal with bullying in and out of the classroom.
  • We have defended more failure to educate claims than any other firm in the country, and we have done so to such good effect that these claims are now very rare.
  • Recovery claims.
  • We also a key part of the team that delivers our market leading ‘Quickcall Service’.

Recent experience