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Sector – Education

Graduation IconChanges in funding, demographics and the nature of student expectations are forcing unprecedented change within the Higher Education sector, and the way Universities respond and re-structure in order to meet such change is going to be critical to their survival.

Whether that response involves creating an effective internal structure which balances the needs of the vice chancellor and his/her team and those of the non-executive board, deciding upon the right balance between in-sourcing and out-sourcing, addressing the complex demands of managing and improving the estate, or capitalising on intellectual property and commercialisation, our team is able to offer understandable, pragmatic and commercial advice.

Our multi-disciplinary team is focused on providing advice that mitigates risk and is led by Stephen Chalcraft who has over 20 years’ experience in dealing with the complex range of internal and external issues that affect the Higher Education sector and public bodies generally.

The team advises Universities, Colleges & Schools and Charities, and a range of public and private sector bodies on the following areas:

  • Governance and Charity Law
  • Joint ventures and partnering
  • Employment/equality and discrimination
  • FOI and Data Protection
  • Joint Ventures and partnering
  • Trading subsidiaries and spin outs
  • IP and commercialisation
  • Real Estate and Development
  • Outsourcing, commercial contracts and franchising
  • Funding and Debt re-structuring
  • Donations
  • Students as consumers

If you would like a free and confidential meeting to discuss specific issues or general strategic concerns, please contact our specialist Education team:

Fergal O’Cleirigh, Property – Real estate and development

Adrian Fryer, Employment – equality and discrimination

Jon Davage, Corporate – Joint ventures and partnering, trading subsidiaries and partnering

Rob Eakins, Commercial – Governance & Charity law, FOI and data protection, IP and commercialisation, outsourcing commercial contracts and franchising

David Gledhill, ABL – Funding and debt restructuring