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Specialist education service

Ensuring you comply with charity law and guidance is a fundamental part of good university governance.

Our expansive knowledge covers charity formation and registration, charitable objects and powers, charity law compliance and regulatory guidance.  

We help universities to understand the legal framework they are operating in and comply with charity guidance around issues such as risk management, assets and investments, and reserves.  We also advise them on their relationships with sector regulators.

The dramatic increase in student numbers in recent years has changed the profile of educational institutions and the challenges they face. We work with our clients to address these challenges, providing comprehensive assistance around student support and regulatory matters, including student complaints, litigation, liaising with the Office of the Independent Adjudicator, reviewing policies and procedures, complaint and disciplinary investigations, and risk management.

We are also skilled in advising universities on their duties to students under Equality Act legislation and managing applications for judicial review, while our immigration expertise adds real value to clients when recruiting students from overseas.  We can advise on their duties and obligations as sponsors of students under Tier 4 of the points-based immigration system, along with other compliance matters – a key issue given the recent decision to abolish the UKBA.

In addition, we regularly support higher education institutions with data protection and freedom of information matters, such as providing personal data to third parties, publication schemes and disclosure of potentially sensitive material.