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Higher & Further Education

Higher & Further Education

Higher Education

Universities face important and often urgent matters within an environment that changes daily. Issues that revolve around students, employment, property and constitutions can be time consuming and daunting. For these reasons, institutions need to rely on expert legal advisers who clearly understand the pressures they face.

At Winckworth Sherwood, education is a core practice. We have advised the higher education sector for many years and our lawyers are experts in their fields, covering employment, property, governance, disputes, commercial, and construction projects. We can help with both strategic and operational matters including:

  • estate management strategies and property matters
  • governance, constitutional issues and trust advice
  • student and staff accommodation projects
  • student disciplinary and complaints procedures
  • staffing structures and employment arrangements
  • employee relations and industrial action
  • discrimination, equality and other diversity issues
  • outsourcing, procurement, commercial and ICT contracts
  • data protection/GDPR
  • student unions
  • academy sponsorship
  • parliamentary issues
  • VAT and tax

Further Education

There is a myriad of complex issues for further education and sixth form colleges to tackle, including:

  • changes in funding
  • capital funding
  • widened participation and increased access

Clients have said they value our pragmatic approach, the depth of our knowledge and our ability to anticipate future needs. We have been providing expert legal advice to colleges for many years. Our aim is to support you and we can help with:

  • governance and vires
  • commercial contracts and procurement
  • student and staff matters
  • projects and construction programmes
  • sponsoring academies
  • funding and VAT
  • community integration and regeneration
  • partnering
  • freedom of information and data protection
  • sixth form expansion
  • site development and relocation