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Higher & Further Education


In the higher education sector, universities require legal assistance particularly with property, HR and intellectual property issues, but these are only some of a wide variety of issues they are involved in, from regulatory compliance to fund raising to charity law to investing in and protecting IP in the context of licences, spin offs and research projects.

We have the breadth of expertise to assist with this range of activity, and act for the UK’s top universities and their colleges and other colleges and their related development trusts and trading companies.

Professional Bodies and Further Education

As regards further education, there is also a large number of professional bodies not only looking after their members’ interests but carrying out important charitable educational activities from the production of specialist publications to the training and assessment of candidates for different levels of academic and professional competence.


We act for such institutions and have assisted them in modernising their constitutions and structuring their commercial activities to make them profitable both in the United Kingdom and overseas.


Some charitable organisations are nowadays very substantial, having well-known brands and whose qualification certificates are highly valued internationally. These include vocational courses and assessments as well as more academic subjects, and increasingly sophisticated online products. We have longstanding expertise in, and experience of assisting such not-for-profit organisations compete in a very commercial world.

We are also able to provide complex property, planning and construction advice to such organisations whether in relation to places of learning or business, or investment property.


  • We have advised some of the UK’s top universities and their colleges on the reorganisation of development trusts and trading subsidiaries, planning issues arising on investment land, and a wide variety of other property issues, both contentious and non-contentious
  • We have advised on the commercialisation of medical inventions developed at a London hospital
  • We have advised on the reorganisation of a London hospital’s various charities created long before the NHS
  • We have advised a famous charitable institution for many years on its constitution and numerous business acquisitions in the course of growing its well-known vocational education and skills training and assessment activity
  • We have advised a well-known educational institution in the Commonwealth on the provision of remote learning to local schools