Shakespeare Martineau unlock potential in both our people and our clients. The education sector in particular is a core focus for the firm.  We have been providing full legal advice to institutions in the HE/FE space for many years, acting for over 100 UK higher education and further education colleges.

Our education team, one of the largest and most experienced in the sector, is made up of over 100 legal specialists who work regularly with our clients on areas such as:

  • Advice on large scale capital projects and estates master planning
  • Advice on complex governance and constitutional questions, regulatory and policy work
  • Employment advice, including complex high profile disciplinary cases
  • Student and employment disputes
  • Partnerships and collaborations, nationally and internationally
  • Advice related to the student/University relationship

Our highly regarded lawyers regularly feature in the national press advising on key issues. 

The team, ranked in the top tier of education legal advisers, regularly features in The Times Best Law Firms for education, and are also the number one ranked supplier on lot 4, one stop shop for legal services on the LUPC framework.

We also work closely with sector bodies such as UUK, Wonkhe, Guild HE, Times HE, AHUA, UHR, AULP, IHE on key sector issues.


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Smita Jamdar – Partner & Head of Education

Mike Wills – Chief Data Office, Cyber Security

Joseph Mackey – Education Marketing Business Partner


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Estates Review portfolio 

Cyber Security credentials 

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