“They are very good. Always responsive to customer needs and their commercial awareness is excellent.”
Education is one of Blake Morgan's core areas of focus and our specialist lawyers provide a comprehensive range of legal services and support to education providers and individuals.
Our team draws together experience and skills from across the firm to provide pragmatic and commercial advice on:
In addition to the above areas of specialisation, we also regularly provide added value services such as secondments of staff, contributing to knowledge transfer (e.g. e-bulletins, guest lectures, contributions to legal text-books, entrepreneurial legal services and conference attendance and participation)
Our clients include:
|Oxford Colleges||Maintained schools|
|Further education colleges||Academies and multi-academy trusts|
|Independent schools||Student unions|
|Educational charities||Educational businesses|
Examples that highlight the Education team’s broad range of skills and experience include:
“The whole education team is resourceful, personable, co-ordinated and organised.”
“Blake Morgan LLP’s team is now led by ‘truly excellent employment lawyer’ Matthew Smith. Recent instructions include advising on student accommodation projects, cross-border employment matters and procurement.”
Matthew Smith, partner in our employment team in Cardiff was delighted to be invited to present an award at the Cardiff University Innovation and Impact Awards 2017.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has now ruled that voluntary overtime should be included in holiday pay if it is paid sufficiently regularly to amount to normal pay. Our expert explains the impact this will have on employers.
Our employment expert considers some of the further detail of the Supreme Court's ruling to make employment tribunal fees unlawful, the implications this will have for employers and what to take into consideration going forward.
Minimise the risk for challenge by following the below tips as far as possible.
A new voluntary governance code for UK universities has been published by The Committee of University Chairs (CUC).
With more and more maintained schools converting to academy status, we have seen an increase in different forms of collaborative working, in particular groups of academies being run and/or sponsored by the same multi-academy trust company.
In HR Magazine, Holly Cudbill, considers the vexed question of whether employees who undertake sleep-in shifts are entitled to the national minimum wage (NMW) throughout the entire time they are asleep, or only when they are awake to carry out duties.
Matthew Smith and Tom Shears (instructing Keith Bryant QC and Saul Margo of Outer Temple Chambers) have successfully defended Swansea University and the Trustees of its pension scheme in an appeal in the Court of Appeal.
Our education team have successfully assisted with the Hereford Sixth Form's conversion to an academy. Click here to read the full story.
Members of our Restructuring and Insolvency, Charities and Education, Built Environment and Property Litigation recently acted on a sale to rescue a well-established independent school from the brink of closure.
Examples of dispute management advice for educational establishments
Find out how we have advised Swansea University.