Education

Serving educational institutions with expert legal advice

SA Law is a leading regional law firm with recognised education sector expertise. The team consists of specialist solicitors who advise on the legal elements involved in the day-to-day running of educational establishments. Working with principals, governors, bursars and senior managers, we help our education sector clients to realise their commercial goals while minimising risk.

We advise Universities, Colleges, Schools, Independent Schools and Nurseries on all the commercial aspects of running their operation. We help Parents and Students with a range of matters including school admission, academic issues and university appeals. We also assist people working in the sector with issues relating to their career and personal circumstances

As a client of SA Law, you benefit from our in-depth understanding of the sector, not only from the legal perspective, but also from first-hand experience of the sector as trustees and governors. This enables us to provide expert advice on the often-unique aspects of supplying and contracting with educational establishments and sector professionals.

Examples of our work in the Education sector:

Case: Breakdown of employee relations

  • A complex and high level dispute between two senior academics within the University’s Faculty of Law, involving the Dean and Deputy Dean. The matter was complicated by extreme sensitivity within the University, and the fact that complaints were being raised by both against the other. There was a high risk of litigation commencing, including damage to reputation/defamation issues. We provided detailed advice on the implications of the current position, and has set out the options in dealing with the situation in full including advice on defamation issues raised by one of the parties.

Case: Reasonable adjustments

  • Advising an institute on their obligation to make reasonable adjustments for dyslexic candidates submitting coursework assignments.
  • We reviewed the practices of various higher and further education institutes in making reasonable adjustments, and produced a schedule of appropriate reasonable adjustments that could be made in any given case. This would ensure that dyslexic candidates submitting coursework assessments for qualifications were not at a disadvantage, while ensuring that the integrity of the examination process remained intact.
  • This was of particular importance to the client as they had a vexatious candidate who had brought proceedings in the past, and so they wished to manage the risk of such a claim being repeated. 

Case: Employee dismissal

  • We acted for the University in a complex dismissal process that involved a resilient overseas national employee, on the grounds that the employee failed to demonstrate his right to work in the UK.
  • We provided ongoing high level employment advice to our client over a twelve month period and assisted with drafting documents to prevent potential litigation against the client in particular claims of discrimination. We were faced with the additional challenge of the opposing solicitors having with no immigration experience that we overcame by taking a fair and reasonable approach with our immigration expertise.
  • The employee was adamant to pursue a claim, however with our immigration expertise and associations with the Home Office we were able with to establish the status of the employee and avoid a claim and reputational damage to our client. 

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