Hugh James understands that educational establishments face an ever-changing and increasingly complex framework of legal and regulatory requirements. Public expectation and media scrutiny also add to these pressures.
We also understand that education requires commitment, innovation and a “commercial approach” to finding new ways to deliver high quality education services, manage finances and engage with students and the wider community.
We have represented many educational establishments on matters ranging from governance, employment, corporate, commercial, intellectual property, debt recovery, property and construction.
Hugh James has a deep understanding of the issues facing educational establishments.
We provide support to individual schools, colleges and higher education institutions, giving swift, pragmatic advice on specific issues arising in their governance obligations.
We have developed a “governance toolkit” which comprises a comprehensive range of policies and procedures for educational establishments who must pass inspection by strict regulatory bodies. We advise on the implementation of these policies and procedures.
Our work includes supporting Local Education Authorities in achieving their professional objectives. We often operate in partnership with them, always providing value for money.
As with all our work for public sector clients we seek to add value and quality by providing a clear perspective on risks and tailoring advice to the particular situation facing the client, rather than simply advising on the content of legal obligations.
Please see our full details on our governance and regulatory services
All schools, colleges and educational establishments need employees. As pivotal members of the education sector team our employment specialists have expertise both as education lawyers and as employment experts.
We are members of the Employment Lawyers Association and participate in regional and national user groups and working parties. We are able to advise on all employee related matters and support clients though reorganisations, difficult capability, disability discrimination and other equality issues, disciplinary and grievance issues as well as negotiating compromise agreements.
Our employment lawyers continue to advise on education specific issues including employee status, part-time working regulations and diversity. We also offer a comprehensive “performance management toolkit” to assist educational establishments in implementing and running appraisal programmes.
Please see our full details on our employment services.
Hugh James appreciate that educational establishments run as businesses. We also appreciate the difficulties and pressures faced by Bursars and Chancellors alike who tread a fine line when pursuing both educational and commercial goals.
We assist in advising educational establishments on the options available to them when engaging in innovation and commercial operations. This often includes:
Educational establishments of all kinds need to use property and land portfolios efficiently to maximise their assets. It is likely that buying, selling or leasing property or land is one of the biggest transactions that you will undertake. Astute advice from an experienced property solicitor is essential to ensure that you achieve the best solution for you.
Property experts within the Hugh James education team can assist in the whole process including:
Please see our full details on our commercial property services.
Our specialist team of education lawyers bring competitive advantage to you through understanding the issues driving the education sector and delivering astute commercial solutions that comply with your governance requirements.
Hugh James has a strong reputation with clients across a range of educational establishments including individual schools, colleges and higher education institutions. This reputation is based on our commitment to and understanding of the pressures and challenges faced by the education profession.
We are committed to: