Ward Hadaway Education, Skills and Apprenticeships Partners Frank Suttie and Paul Scope consider the issues affecting the number of apprenticeship starts and whether new Government guidance next month will grow confidence among employers.
Education is such a dynamic and wide-ranging sector that it needs dynamic and wide-ranging legal advice to meet those needs. We have a large team of advisors who provide assistance to our university, further education, academy and other education sector clients.
The team and its key personnel are amongst the most experienced and highly rated around and are named as leading individuals in their practice areas by independent legal directories.
We have a particular expertise in academies, free schools, studio schools, university technical colleges and maintained schools and in large-scale development projects and locally funded capital and ICT projects.
For example, our portfolio includes more than 200 academies, including sponsored and school converter academies, and a range of multi-academy trusts across the country.
We are also specialists in supporting universities on research and development, clinical trials, technology licensing, spin-outs and international collaborations.
Our other work with universities and further education colleges includes redevelopment schemes, refinancing and funding, advising on contractual matters and providing full input and support on procurement issues.
The team also provides mentoring and support to student enterprise and entrepreneurship schemes run by universities and other business support organisations.
An in-depth, up-to-date knowledge of the education sector, combined with an astute awareness of commercial practices, makes the team ideally placed to offer the best possible advice to its clients.
The services we provide include advice on:
- BSF and PFI Schemes
- Child safety
- Church Dioceses
- Collaborative working
- Corporate governance
- Data protection and FOI
- Education law
- Employment and HR support
- Free schools
- Health and safety/Food safety
- Intellectual property
- IT contracts
- Joint ventures
- Local authorities
- Maintained schools
- Multi-academy trusts
- Private sector
- Property development
- Property disputes
- Studio schools
- Umbrella trusts
- University spin-outs
- University technical colleges