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Welcome to VWV

Welcome to VWV

Welcome to VWV

What is VWV known for?

As a long established firm, we can trace our history back to the early 19th century. We would like to think that we are well known for many things, not least our staff and clients, who are at the heart of everything we do.

For our clients, we have national recognition for our sector-focused approach, which means that we direct our skill, energy and expertise in understanding our clients in the sectors that they operate in.


As part of our commitment to staff and clients, we are proud of our 'core values'. These core values are the backbone of the firm and underpin everything we do. The values are incorporated in our business plans and communications, as well as staff appraisals.


From our offices in London, Watford, Bristol and Birmingham, we have been providing advice and support to clients for many hundreds of years, and are proud of our long standing relationships.

Our core sectors

Education - We assist over 1,000 education institutions, including universities, FE colleges, independent schools, maintained schools and academies, on contentious and non-contentious matters. We also provide specialist legal advice to UK education investors and on international education projects.

Independent Schools - We have over 20 years' experience as trusted legal advisors to numerous heads, bursars and chairs of governors of independent schools.

Charities - Our Charities team are nationally recognised by the leading legal directories for their work within the sector. They act for a variety of clients, from local charities to large international organisations, advising on a range of complex and commercially-sensitive work.

Healthcare - The strengths of our Healthcare team lie in acting for operators and care providers in primary care and social care. The team acts for over 400 GP practices and a number of private providers, and has acted on over 95 GP surgery development schemes.

Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences - We are passionate about the pharmaceuticals and life sciences sector, delivering a first class legal service. We actively take part in thought leadership and provide a range of legal services and support to the sector "connecting life sciences expertise in a changing world".

Public Sector - Our national Public Sector practice provides a one-stop full service for central and local government on all areas, from property planning to employment issues as well as specialist teams advising on state aid, election law, member standards and constitutional issues.

Technology - No matter the sector, our experienced technology lawyers work hard to understand what matters to you. From global technology giants to pre-revenue tech startups, the team advise a diverse range of clients on the key issues faced by those in the technology industry.

International - Our International Law team are experienced at advising clients overseas and have achieved national recognition for their sector-focused approach. We were founding members of the Association of European Lawyers and are also long-standing members of Eurojuris.

Core legal services

Our sectors are underpinned by our core legal services: real estate & commercial property, corporate, commercial (including intellectual property, data protection, employment law, immigration, dispute resolution, information law, partnerships & LLPs and tax advice.

We also offer legal advice to our private clients, which includes very specialised areas, such as contentious probate, personal injury claims and high quality conveyancing.

Our brands

The VWV corporate group advises clients on their legal matters and also supports them with a range of complementary non-legal consultancy services, including:

  • VWV Plus
    Launched in 2017, VWV Plus offers a range of digital solutions and products, to help our clients across all sectors meet their legislative requirements. This ranges from a variety of eLearning courses, to Policy Tracker, which helps evidence that staff have read key policies, and Immigration Manager, which automates the student visa process for schools. We have other exciting products in development so please follow us on LinkedIn to keep up to date.

    All of our VWV Plus products are backed by leading lawyers from the LLP, and affordable and flexible pricing is at the heart of our approach.

    Find out more about VWV Plus
  • VWV Approach
    VWV Approach is a free legal referral and support network operated by VWV. As a member firm, you can introduce work you choose not to do to VWV, without risk of losing your client. Membership helps you give your clients access to a full range of legal services and provides you with access to other benefits.

    Find out more about VWV Approach
  • Narrow Quay HR
    Narrow Quay HR is our HR consultancy. Our experienced HR professionals provide expert, cost effective solutions delivered with a personal touch. From workplace investigations and mediation, to employment contracts and bespoke training, the team is here to support organisations with their HR challenges and projects.

    Find out more about Narrow Quay HR

  • Cairneagle
    Cairneagle is a strategy consulting firm with a history in the education space, and now in other sectors such as healthcare. Cairneagle joined the VWV group in May 2022.

    Founded in 2001, Cairneagle brings structure, insight and judgement to situations of uncertainty and material financial impact for its clients. It undertakes strategy and commercial due diligence work both in the UK and globally.

    This collaboration helps us to better support the education sector, where a deep expertise and understanding of the regulatory environment gives us and our clients a competitive edge. It will also allow us to expand the consultancy offering into other sectors.

    Read more about Cairneagle and VWV joining forces

Our brand image

We're often told that we are chosen by clients for our in-depth industry and sector knowledge and the inter-relationship between them. We were keen to depict this in our logo. The design started with circles each of which represented a core sector - the circles were placed to overlap one another to show the interconnection. These overlaps were then brought to life using the VWV red which has now evolved into what we call 'the spark'.

The spark gives the appearance of movement and growth which we can apply to all areas of our business.

I hope you find our website interesting and informative. If you have any questions or feedback please get in touch.