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About Andrea

Andrea heads our Education team, which provides specialist support to schools, academies and other education organisations. The team have particular expertise advising foundation bodies and charities including Diocesan Boards of Education, Catholic Dioceses and broader education charities. Andrea advises on strategic projects, capital programmes including estate regeneration and PFI, school and public partnerships and a broad range of disputes, including governance challenges and reviews, malpractice, judicial review and regulatory investigations.

A market source says: “She’s really pragmatic, knows the law and takes a sensible approach to matters.” (Chambers 2020).

Recent Experience

  • School relocation to green belt location in Hertfordshire
  • West London estate redevelopment
  • Investigation into exam malpractice and maladministration in a multi academy trust
  • Strategic reorganisation of Diocesan Schools in a Diocese
  • Responding to separate Judicial Review proceedings in connection with academy consultation and sixth form progression
  • Advising on a number of School federations, MAT federations and LA/School Strategic Partnerships
  • Governance Review for a multi academy trust
  • Developing a bespoke scheme of delegation for an academy trust
  • Advising on duties of Members and Trustees in connection with academy sponsorship and re-brokerage
  • Advice on an Ofsted challenge and an ESFA investigation into senior executive pay
  • Challenging industrial action by the NEU in 4 schools in the Diocese of Brentwood

Professional Memberships

Law Society of England & Wales

Career Experience

2006 to present: Partner, Winckworth Sherwood

2002 to 2006: Partner, Finers Stephens Innocent

2001 to 2002: Solicitor, Bevan Ashford

1997 to 2001: Solicitor, TLT Solicitors

1991 to 1997: Trainee then Solicitor, Norton Rose

“She’s really pragmatic, knows the law and takes a sensible approach to matters.”

Chambers & Partners 2020

“I’m very happy with Winckworth Sherwood. I have worked mainly with Andrea Squires and team; she understands what we’re trying to do. She is immensely supportive, flexible and highly responsive. I would always recommend them.”

Kent Catholic Schools

“Her advice is always succinct, cutting edge and impactful. She doesn’t ever shy away from delivering challenging advice that individuals may not want to hear and she will always find a way to protect both the interest of the organisation and the individual.”

Chambers and Partners UK, 2017

“Andrea is responsive to our needs and often proactive in anticipating and addressing – in advance – future needs. We have moved on a long way with regard to the diocesan academies model, and Andrea has been a vital part of that.”

Diocese of Arundel & Brighton