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Education: Institutions — Scotland


Anderson Strathern - Education: Institutions Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 19 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow, East Lothian

What the team is known for Demonstrates wide-ranging expertise in education law, including matters involving the Post-16 Education Bill and the Higher Education Governance Bill. Well versed in high-value university development projects and freedom of information matters, among others. Cross-sector coverage with active presence and significant clients in secondary, further and higher education. One of the few specialists working in Scotland's Additional Support Needs Tribunal.

Strengths One client says: "They are excellent. They provide a consistently high service, and you have access to many professionals with different skills."

A client says: "They know the Scottish political landscape, they understand our perspective, and they are quick and creative at finding solutions."

Work highlights Advised five separate further education colleges on strategies to deal with industrial action.

Acted for the University of Stirling on construction agreements for a major campus development project arising from a joint venture arrangement with INTO University Partnerships.

Significant clients Universities Scotland, University of St Andrews, Glasgow Caledonian University, Edinburgh College, Fife College.

Notable practitioners

Alun Thomas is head of the firm's education group and has noted expertise in the resolution of student contract and employment disputes, and is a practising mediator. Clients say: "Alun Thomas is an expert mediator."

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Brodies LLP - Education: Institutions Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow

What the team is known for Strong education team advising an array of clients, including prominent higher and further education institutions and local authorities. Also advises industry associations and executive agencies in the sector. Stands out for its handling of employment issues, transactional work and strategic development matters.

Strengths A client says: "They have spent a lot of time trying to understand our business and they work hard for us."

Work highlights Advised Glasgow Clyde Education Foundation on constitutional amendments, governance issues and charity trustee training.

Significant clients Queen Margaret's University, Glasgow Clyde Education Foundation, Scottish Funding Council, University of St Andrews, Falkirk Council.

Notable practitioners

William McIntosh is a tertiary education specialist offering advice on mergers and acquisitions, research and collaboration agreements, knowledge transfer and general policy issues. He acts for a number of Scottish universities. Sources say: "He's incredibly hard working and very client-focused."

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CMS - Education: Institutions Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 30 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Aberdeen

What the team is known for Highly regarded for transactional work and has significant experience in real estate and construction projects for leading universities across the UK. Also excels in providing advice on governance issues, spin-offs and joint development initiatives. Large team with comprehensive multidisciplinary sector expertise acting as exclusive advisors to over half of research universities in Scotland.

Strengths A client says: "They are very detailed and very willing to challenge us to make sure we make the right decisions. They act as part of the team, and don't just sit there and speak only when legal matters are raised."

A client says: "They are very responsive and helpful, and they have amassed a great deal of experience working with higher education institutions in Scotland over the years."

Work highlights Acting for Glasgow University on all aspects of its multimillion-pound campus redevelopment project.

Advised Glasgow School of Art on the procurement of construction services for the restoration of the iconic Mackintosh Building, damaged by fire in May 2014.

Significant clients James Hutton Institute, University of Aberdeen, University of Dundee, Imperial College London, Heriot Watt University.

Notable practitioners

Laurence Ward leads the firm's education practice, and is particularly recommended for advice on IT, IP and life sciences matters. Clients say: "Laurence is very personable, responsive and he helps us to define the issues."

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Please visit the CMS website for more details about the practice and our work:
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Pinsent Masons - Education: Institutions Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners; 4 legal directors
- 69 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow

What the team is known for Well-known education group providing a full suite of services, including strategic planning, IT infrastructure and international project work. Frequently instructed by higher and further education institutions to advise on procurement, funding and collaboration matters. Also noted for advice on academic and student immigration and regulatory compliance.

Work highlights Advised the University of Edinburgh on the immigration implications of Brexit.

Advised University of Birmingham on the procurement of a cloud-based suite of new back office systems.

Significant clients Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Higher Education Statistics Agency, London School of Economics and Political Science, Robert Gordon's University, University of Hull.

Notable practitioners

Chris Martin is a key contact.

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MacRoberts LLP - Education: Institutions Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee

What the team is known for Renowned education offering acting for a range of universities and colleges, with considerable experience in procurement, finance and construction. Particularly adept at dealing with mergers, TUPE and collective bargaining issues. Also noted for advice on the IP and data issues associated with collaborations between universities and private sector organisations.

Strengths A client says: "They are very professional and are always seeking opportunities to support us."

Work highlights Advised the University of Strathclyde on the tenders and construction agreements for its new innovation and technology centre.

Advised South Lanarkshire College on the implementation of a new governance structure to conform with the Post-16 Education (Scotland) 2013 and Lanarkshire Colleges Order 2014.

Significant clients University of Highlands and Islands, Perth & Kinross Council, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Donaldson's School, Glenalmond College.

Notable practitioners

Katy Wedderburn is a key contact.

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Acting for educational institutions and education authorities in high-profile education sector projects, delivering specialist advice into the projects covering procurement, finance and related arrangements under the Scottish Non Profit Distributing model, together with necessary construction and real estate advice. Our work covers projects for universities, schools, colleges and community hub facilities. Examples include acting for Perth & Kinross Council as contracting authority for a new secondary school in Perth, and advising Fife College on procurement of a new campus on a site near Dunfermline.

Acting for educational institutions in the further education sector, such as South Lanarkshire College, on governance issues associated with college mergers, the regional structures created by the Post-16 Education (Scotland) 2013, and the exercise of ministerial powers under that Act.

Other  employment advice to sector bodies, including  disciplinary/grievance processes; Employment Tribunal claims, against higher education (HE) or further education (FE) employers; voluntary severance, including senior staff; collective bargaining and consultation; occupational pensions on "early retirement" within Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), Scottish Teachers' Superannuation Scheme and University Superannuation Scheme; and dispute resolution procedures under LGPS (Administration) (Scotland) Regulations 2008.

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Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP - Education: Institutions Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen

What the team is known for Acts for an extensive list of prominent education clients across Scotland and abroad, including state and independent schools, further education colleges, universities and local authorities. Particularly adept at advising on TUPE and other contentious employment matters, including unfair dismissal and discrimination claims.

Strengths One client says: "A solid performer which provides a professional, reliable and time sensitive service."

Work highlights Advised South Ayrshire Council on the procurement of a number of new schools over the past year.

Advised Skills Development Scotland on the TUPE and employment implications of taking over responsibility for various employability services on behalf of Scottish Government.

Significant clients University of Edinburgh, West Dunbartonshire Council, North Lanarkshire Council, Scottish Association for Marine Science, Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Notable practitioners

Neil Maclean is a key contact.

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We act for a large number of leading educational establishments across the education sector, including The University of Edinburgh and The University of Glasgow. 

Our clients recognise that Shepherd and Wedderburn can offer the strategic and expert advice required to guide them through any issue they face, no matter how complex or sensitive. We ensure the advice that we provide is solution-focused and provides practical recommendations on how best to proceed.

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Thorntons Law LLP - Education: Institutions Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Anstruther, Arbroath, Cupar, Dundee, Forfar, Kirkcaldy, Montrose, Perth, St Andrews

What the team is known for Possesses expertise in contractual matters, governance and regulatory compliance work. Advises on overseas research and commercial collaboration agreements. Acts for a number of prestigious universities and colleges.

Strengths A client says: "They have a very good mix of responsiveness and specialist expertise. The approach is one of partnership."

A client says: "They give good advice and are very approachable."

Work highlights Advised University of the Highlands and Islands on its acquisition of a grant of research degree awarding powers.

Advised the James Hutton Institute on the negotiation of collaboration agreements and subcontracts for two linked research projects in Brazil and India involving agriculture.

Significant clients University of Stirling, Glasgow Caledonian University, Robert Gordon University, University of St Andrews, Glasgow Kelvin College.

Notable practitioners

Lesley Larg is a key contact.

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Dentons - Education: Institutions Department

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Band 3

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Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 23 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Well-reputed education team with offices across Scotland. Routinely advises on major campus and student accommodation developments, employment matters, including equal pay and disciplinary issues, and IP and technology transfer arrangements.

Strengths A client says: "They are true experts, which is very comforting."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Educational Institute of Scotland in relation to the judicial review of Statutory Order granted by Scottish Ministers to remove the entire board of Glasgow Clyde College.

Advised Glasgow Academicals War Memorial Trust on its acquisition of a tenement building adjoining the main school site for redevelopment into a new science building.

Significant clients Glasgow Clyde College, Fife College, University and College Union, Glasgow Caledonian University, Stow College.

Notable practitioners

Mark Macaulay is a key contact.

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Morton Fraser - Education: Institutions Department

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Band 3

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 16 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Acts for a large and diverse cross-section of education clients, including further and higher education institutions, private schools, local authorities and various governmental education bodies. Sector-specific strengths cover employment, immigration, local authority schools projects, governance and litigation.

Strengths A client says: "They are highly professional but very human and approachable with it. They provide excellent advice."

Another adds: "We are exceptionally impressed by their availability and response times, their commitment to clients no matter the size of the organisation, and the quality of the advice and the outcome."

Work highlights Acted for East Renfrewshire Council in developing bespoke tender documentation for two new school developments.

Advised on a significant number of enquiries from foreign academics, referred by their institutions, concerning their ability to remain and work in the United Kingdom following Brexit.

Significant clients Glasgow Kelvin College, Edinburgh Academy, Scottish Secondary Teachers Association, George Heriots School, George Watsons College.

Notable practitioners

David Walker is a key contact.

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Band 1

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

William McIntosh is a tertiary education specialist offering advice on mergers and acquisitions, research and collaboration agreements, knowledge transfer and general policy issues. He acts for a number of Scottish universities. Sources say: "He's incredibly hard working and very client-focused." 

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Band 1

Anderson Strathern

From the Chambers UK guide

Alun Thomas is head of the firm's education group and has noted expertise in the resolution of student contract and employment disputes, and is a practising mediator. Clients say: "Alun Thomas is an expert mediator." 

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Band 1

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Laurence Ward leads the firm's education practice, and is particularly recommended for advice on IT, IP and life sciences matters. Clients say: "Laurence is very personable, responsive and he helps us to define the issues."

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