• Education sector legal advice
  • Education sector legal advice
  • Education sector legal advice


Eversheds has unrivalled experience in Education work. Our sector engagement means that we can offer an informed service and our experience is unrivalled.

The education sector, whether this be in higher education, further education, independent schools, including independent schools, and academies, is dealing with more changes now than ever before, with new financial pressures and government legislation as well as increasing internal pressures.

The Eversheds’ Education Team have once again been ranked in band 1 in both the Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 Legal Directories. 

The Team are winners of the Education Investor Law Firm of the Year 2012/13 and the Education Investor Deal Making Law Firm of the Year 2013/14.

How we can help

Eversheds is one of the leading legal advisers to the sector, with more named experts in the Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 legal directories than any other law firm. We have spent over 100 years advising a range of institutions on a vast range of issues. Our experience and expertise are second to none and whatever issues you are facing, we can help.

Like you, we live and breathe education. We regularly advise and work with institutions and organisations in the sector, speak at events and add our voice to current debates.

Fully cognisant of the latest issues you face, we also look at what will happen in the future. We will give you advanced warning about what you need to be doing to tackle the challenges ahead. You will have a law firm that is always thinking about your interests.

You will find all our people to be informed, enthusiastic and genuinely committed to your organisation. We are specialists for a reason: education is an area that we are passionate about.

What others say

The team is at the forefront of providing legal advice to education institutions.  Below are quotes from the legal directories regarding the team.

Legal 500

"The excellent Diane Gilhooley heads Eversheds LLP's outstanding national education team"

"Eversheds LLP's education team receives praise from competitors and clients alike; it ‘does not sit on the fence, but gives clear direction and inspire confidence"

"The education team at Eversheds LLP leverages off the firm's strong national reputation to handle merger issues, campus development projects, HR matters and academies projects"

"Eversheds LLP stands out for its knowledge, breadth of experience, and standing among peers"

"Glynne Stanfield has unrivalled expertise and is a robust and dogged negotiator"

"Nicola Bennison provides succinct advice and has expertise in education related matters"

Chambers and Partners

"This national practice is admired for the volume and scope of work it carries out in the sector: "You can't move an inch in this field without knocking into Eversheds,sources say.Clients appreciate the breadth and depth of the team's expertise and appreciate that there is always somebody to answer a query immediately. The team is at the forefront of new developments in the sector"

"Eversheds' enviable national coverage is certainly an appealing feature for clients and ensures the firm maintains its position at the top of the rankings.Its three principal areas of focus are higher education, further education and schools, but it has the resources and staff to serve the whole of the sector"

"The "highly energetic Diane Gilhooley is an expert in employment law matters relating to the education sector"

"Diane Gilhooley knows her stuff and has a very quick mind"

"Glynne Stanfield leads the governance and international education departments, and sources are enormously impressed with his experience handling mergers"

"Nicola Bennison’s focus is on the education sector.  She is noted for her negotiation style"

"Simon Chamberlain provides a first class service across a range of complex projects"