Universities, colleges and schools face ever increasing pressure to maintain very high standards while also complying with ever increasing regulatory and compliance requirements.
Education institutions of all types have to deal with legal issues which impact on day to day and strategic operations. The issues will vary depending on the kind of institution and indeed from working in across all branches of the education sector for many years we know that no two instructions are the same and two similar instructions often wish to deal with similar issues in very different ways.
The legal issues which currently face the education sector and which our Education Group have been able to assist are clients range from:
- Student and pupil issues such as child protection in the School sector to the rise of student complaints and challenges in the College / University sector in particular where the student has paid tuition fees.
- Discrimination complaints under the Employment or Education provisions of the Equality Act 2010 in particular in relation to reasonable adjustments for pupils / students and staff under the disability provisions.
- Estate, procurement and funding issues ranging from Estate Management to new build student accommodation and income generation from fees, SFC and exploiting intellectual property.
- Statutory and regulatory compliance in areas such as data protection / freedom of information, health and safety and charity law.
How can we help?
With so many potential challenges, your institution may need the skills of several legal specialists from across a range of areas who know and have experience of dealing with the differing cultures and needs of universities, colleges and schools. Our Education Group is made up of recognised legal experts across all legal fields, enabling them to deliver a comprehensive service.
Our team can assist with:
- Intellectual property
- Freedom of information
- Charity law
- Protection of vulnerable groups
- Disputes of all types including compensation claims, appeals and judicial review