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Education Solicitors

We advise on the multitude of issues and disputes that can arise in the education sector and strive to find workable solutions for our clients, whether litigation ensues or a negotiated outcome can be reached.

"Payne Hicks Beach have carved out a niche for this work, and have unparalleled expertise in this field. They are able to work effectively and strategically and demonstrate a multi-disciplinary approach" The Legal 500 UK

As recognised experts in this area we understand the legal and regulatory framework in the education sector, and are attuned to commercial and reputational considerations that affect our clients.

We act for individuals as well as educational bodies. Students and parents turn to us in connection with allegations of misconduct or when facing suspension or exclusion, often involving the most prestigious UK and international schools and universities. As trusted advisers to educational bodies we provide pragmatic advice managing legal challenges, alive to each institution’s unique positioning, its values and standards.

We are acutely conscious of the many sensitive issues affecting our clients, whether they face allegations or are the victim of misconduct. We are experienced in navigating these often highly charged situations. Our institutional clients value our pragmatic advice and know they can rely on our specialist knowledge which can draw on expertise from colleagues in other specialist areas such as criminal, privacy & media and employment law.

"Ane Vernon is probably one of the best lawyers I have ever worked with – and I have been working with law firms both UK based and global teams for over 30 years. She is technically excellent, supportive and empathetic (rare in a lawyer), available out of hours whenever her wise counsel was required and perhaps the most important element, non-judgemental." Legal 500 UK 2022