With the Government's ambitious raft of reforms, increased financial pressures and legislation, the education sector faces more changes and challenges now than ever before.
From freedom of information disputes to IP issues, real estate to pensions, Wragge & Co's full-service Education team handles the broad spectrum of issues facing the sector. By combining sector-focused experts from a range of disciplines, clients benefit from commercially-sound advice and full-service support.
Hands-on public sector experience gives the team the edge. Many of the team have experience of working in-house for local authorities, including Mark Greenburgh at Buckinghamshire Local Education Authority. Sir Michael Lyons, Birmingham University's former Professor of Public Policy, also sits on the management board as a non-executive director.
A dedicated team of sector-focused specialists, a number of its partners including Andrew Manning Cox and Julian Pallett sit on the boards of UK universities. This sector insight enables the team to truly understand clients' operating environment, commercial needs, priorities and challenges.
It's why a major university turned to the team when relations broke down with a dean of faculty. Drawing on its extensive public sector employment expertise, the team advised on the highly sensitive issue throughout – from the initial grievance to representing the university at a mediation.
And it's why the Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology (KIR) Trust called upon our cross-firm team to advise on its collaborative agreement with the University of Oxford to build a new rheumatology research centre. The unusual and highly complex creation of a new research institute involved IP, construction, property, employment and tax issues and demanded innovative thinking to provide protection for the KIR Trust.
Experience also includes acting for Birmingham City University on all legal aspects of its estates strategy since 2006. The firm is currently advising on the construction of its new multi-million pound city centre campus, to be located in Birmingham's Eastside.
Clients don't need the team to simply tell them the law. And the Education team isn't afraid of a blank sheet of paper. It's why it was well placed to act on two complex nomination agreements with a national student accommodation provider.