The only constant for our clients in employment and the education sector is that no two cases are the same. Resources and time are often in short supply; knowledge varies and professional instinct can play its part, too. So the role of this specialist team is to offer you the advice you need in the manner that suits you best.

Our services range from routine one-off advice on disciplinary or capability processes to detailed and more intensive support on organisational change projects and TUPE or outsourcing/insourcing. We draft and review the employment and pensions aspects of outsourcing and tendering exercises and work closely with your procurement and HR teams.

Our work entails a close working relationship with our clients to guide them through process detail or documentation; e.g. one-off support via a telephone ‘hotline’ or the most cost-effective advice via an insurance-backed legal scheme.

As public sector specialists, we advise on any risks or obligations relating to equal opportunities, public sector equality duty or judicial review risks. We provide training in equalities law and work alongside our clients to ensure that policies and contracts are fit for purpose and that obligations are met.

We provide advice on the resolution of disputes and settlement of multiple equal pay claims. The team achieves positive outcomes for our clients in numerous mediations of High Court, County Court and Employment Tribunals litigation.

With our detailed knowledge of the education sector and issues affecting school and academy leaders, our lawyers are well-placed to support you in education matters as well as employment. We have worked with hundreds of schools and academies nationally and understand the limited resources available; we actively work with you to build your capacity to help yourself and reduce reliance on external experts.

We support schools and local authorities on their health and safety obligations as employers and, together with colleagues in our Dispute Resolution and Regulatory Team, defend HSE prosecutions.

We advise employers on ensuring their pension obligations towards employees are met, with particular expertise in public sector schemes, including the Local Government and Teachers’ Pension Schemes.

We have extensive experience of advising clients on responding to Data Protection Act and Freedom of Information Act requests and challenges and helping them pre-empt such challenges. We regularly and successfully represent clients during Information Commissioner investigations. We offer practical guidance and support at every stage, from a quick phone call about a new request for information to litigation in the Information Tribunal.

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Areas of expertise

  • Organisational change
  • TUPE
  • Outsourcing/insourcing
  • Equal opportunities
  • Equal pay claims
  • Employment tribunals
  • Health and safety obligations
  • SEN and discrimination issues and claims
  • Complaints and disruptive behaviour from parents
  • Admission, exclusion or school transport queries
  • Data protection and freedom of information requests and challenges

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