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Welcome to Education

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.

Education Investor Awards 2017 finalist logoWard Hadaway’s education team is recognised as one of the strongest in the UK and its reputation for high quality work across a range of specialities has seen demand for its services surge.

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.PFI law firm of the year 2016 logo

Ward Hadaway has again been awarded the coveted title of PFI Law Firm of the Year, this time for 2016, having previously won the award in 2013 and 2014.

The award from industry publication Corporate INTL was based on the firm’s continuing input into making long term PFI contracts more efficient, operate more effectively and become considerably more cost-effective.

The services we provide include advice on:

For more details on how we can help you, please view our education services brochure, find out about our fixed fee packages or get in touch.

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Education Newsletter November 2016

What Our Clients Say

  • "We have received exceptional advice and support from the Ward Hadaway team with a number of our academy conversions. They have built up our trust and confidence over the years which we are assured will lead to an even stronger working relationship. We look forward to working with the team in the future on wider legal projects."

    Karen Bromage, Finance Director, Delta Academies Trust.

  • "The professional expertise, superb legal guidance and ready availability of staff from Ward Hadaway are significant factors in our decision to continue our ongoing relationship with the team. Issues are dealt with speedily and complex legal situations explained in a user-friendly manner. The staff are very approachable and provide an excellent and comprehensive service, meeting the many and varied needs of our busy academy."

    Lesley Powell, CEO, North East Learning Trust.

  • "We are a newly incorporated Multi Academy Trust, comprising of an Infant and Junior School on a shared site. Ward Hadaway have worked in partnership to ensure that all legal compliances have been fulfilled and to develop a positive, efficient working relationship which has smoothed the way as we have approached each new challenge. We look forward to working with Ward Hadaway in the future, as we begin to include other schools within the Trust and continue to grow as an innovative educational institution."

    Carolyn Fox, Executive Headteacher, Rise Park Academy Trust.

Independent Verdict

  • "Ward Hadaway’s education sector clients cite the practice's ‘outstanding response times’, ‘excellent knowledge and a network of extended expertise that is second to none’."

    Legal 500

  • "Outstanding multidisciplinary practice... advises educational institutions at all levels on a wide range of issues."

    Legal 500

  • "National education practice with a firm presence in the market and significant experience handling safeguarding and governance matters, among others. Also known for having extensive expertise in PFI/PPP projects and public procurement issues."

    Chambers & Partners

  • "Ward Hadaway’s practice provides ‘excellent’ advice to academies and schools."

    Legal 500

  • "They have got it together in the academy field, so it seems seamless when you are working with them. They all understand the principles of the law and can translate these well."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners

  • "Strong performance in the academies sector, advising on transactional, construction and regulatory matters. Comprehensive service to independent, maintained and free schools."

    Chambers & Partners

  • "The ‘approachable and reliable’ team at Ward Hadaway ‘gives practical advice and guidance’."

    Legal 500

  • “Ward Hadaway offers an ‘all-round excellent service’ across the areas of education, health and local government."

    Legal 500

  • "Ward Hadaway is a leading presence on the public sector side, across health, education and local government."

    Legal 500

  • "They are fantastic."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners

  • “Ward Hadaway’s ‘knowledgeable, reliable and responsive’ team

    Legal 500

  • "Ward Hadaway... continues to stand out for its public sector work."

    Legal 500

  • "Ward Hadaway's 'impressive' Education team..."

    Legal 500

Education News and Events

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Education briefings, observation and comment

Procurement in a nutshell – lots and lotting

posted: August, 2017

The issue of lotting seems to be a continuing source of confusion in public procurement. This update outlines the rules for "lots" and "small lots" and explains how contracting authorities (CAs) may benefit from the provisions on lotting in the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCRs 2015).

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Procurement in a nutshell – procurement law post Brexit

posted: November, 2016

Following the referendum decision for the UK to leave the European Union, SPS Consultancy Services conducted a survey investigating the opinions of procurement professionals as to what should be the way forward for the public procurement regulations within the UK.

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Government presses on with its Apprenticeship Levy plans

posted: October, 2016

In line with its commitment to implement new apprenticeship arrangements from next May, a raft of documentation was published on 25 October 2016 on GOV.UK. Publications from the Department for Education (DfE) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) set out in considerable detail how levy and apprenticeship training will interact as the Government looks to drive up both quality and quantity in apprenticeships.

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Procurement in a Nutshell – Commercial dispute settlements

posted: October, 2016

A preliminary ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has held that a procurement contract under the Public Sector Directive, to which the parties have changed the scope as a result of a settlement agreement, requires a new tendering procedure to be carried out.

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