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Advising on the business of education

We have a long history of guiding individuals and institutions on education matters. As trusted advisers, we expertly steer and support our clients to navigate legal issues within the education landscape. Our Education Sector Group brings together our experience and expertise across the Firm. Our lawyers advise on issues relating to safeguarding, student discipline, investigations, parental and student complaints, student conduct, employment, academic freedom of speech, immigration and reputation, through to IP and competition.

Our presence in Singapore means our clients benefit from a truly integrated international service.

We also believe in supporting and giving back to the community. We partner with the Social Mobility Foundation to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds navigate the pandemic-hit national assessments. We support Lewa, to provide access to quality education in Kenya. Our pro bono projects, SPITE and Pink Law, are run in conjunction with Queen Mary, University of London, where Mishcon lawyers supervise the next generation of lawyers. Several of our lawyers are visiting professors, members of Academy boards or governors.

We frequently advise students and their families on education-related matters as well as employees of educational institutions.

Our Private Commercial Litigation department frequently acts for families pursuing complaints, and claims, against schools and universities.

Our Employment department have acted for professors and school leaders, advising on their employment negotiations with universities and schools.

Our Family department recently advised a father on schooling arrangements for his three children following divorce and financial remedy proceedings.

For more information, please contact Robert Lewis or Antonia Felix.

Our lawyers provide the full-range of legal advice to independent schools, academies and multi-academy trusts.

We have recently advised several schools and multi-academy trusts on high profile crisis management, including employment advice, stakeholder relations, regulatory advice and reputational support.

Our Immigration department delivered Tier 2 sponsorship training to a large multi-academy trust after advising regarding a mistaken issue with a Tier 2 visa.

Our Employment department advised a teaching agency on supply teachers and self-isolation restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information, please contact Robert Lewis.

We advise Universities, colleges and private providers of higher education across the full range of compliance obligations, risk, audit, challenging UKVI, training and student queries.

Our Employment department regularly advises on academic discipline and issues involving academic freedom of speech.

Our Reputation Protection and Crisis Management team advised a university on a damaging social media campaign against them.

Mishcon Private department acted for a university to bring complaints to relevant UN bodies on working conditions and modern slavery uncovered as part of university research.

For more information, please contact Robert Lewis or James Murray.


We advise universities, individuals and organisations on:

  • Research ethics and integrity
  • Engagement and management of research and teaching staff
  • Academic freedom of speech
  • Complex research misconduct investigations
  • Governance, compliance and regulation
  • Research funding arrangements
  • IP/ownership issues
  • Publication issues
  • Cross-border research collaboration

For more information, please contact Nicola McConville or James Murray.

We are committed to having a positive impact on society and the environment and operating a socially responsible business. In line with the Firm's Impact aims to create opportunity and support equity, diversity and inclusion, we can undertake pro bono projects in the education sector in specific circumstances.

We successfully advised the Hamud family in raising a complaint of religious discrimination with Uxbridge High School's governing body about the uniform rules and the way in which they were applied to their daughter.

Following the cancellation of A-Level, AS-Level and GCSE examinations in Summer 2020 as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic, we acted for a number of students from the Social Mobility Foundation's Aspiring Professionals Programme who had been adversely affected by the grading process. In Summers 2021 and 2022, we provided guidance and template letters in order for the Social Mobility Foundation to provide direct support to their students.

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