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Higher Education Commercial Contract Lawyers

We have the experience and specialist knowledge to advise higher education institutions (HEIs) on a broad range of commercial contracts.

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Our work for higher education institutions encompasses:

  • Advising on contracts licensing the use of UK university names and branding by overseas institutions.
  • Advising on research contracts, including drafting collaborative contracts between HEIs and other institutions inside and outside the UK.
  • Advising on provisions in commercial contracts relating to data protection and freedom of information.
  • Advising on provisions in commercial contracts relating to the Bribery Act.
  • Advising on the charity and tax law implications of research by HEIs and, in particular, the Charity Commission's guidance on charitable and non-charitable research (including commercial sponsorship, contract research and joint ventures) and the agreed guidelines on the corporation tax treatment of UK universities.
  • Advising on charity law and tax implications of non-primary purpose trading, including the establishment, financing, governance and operation of trading subsidiaries.
  • Advising HEIs on the exploitation of research using spin-out companies, including technology transfer, as well as our role as lawyers in residence with SetSquared. We advise on establishing companies, funding arrangements, employee incentives, the ownership of intellectual property and all associated charity law and commercial implications.
  • Advising on the licensing of intellectual property.
  • Preparing and negotiating joint research agreements involving HEIs and industrial partners.

We also provide training to HEIs and their students on a range of commercial legal issues.

For specialist legal advice and support with higher education sector commercial contracts, please contact Doug Locke on 0117 314 5602.

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VWV have a well-deserved strong reputation within HE sector. They are subject matter experts on equality and diversity and are quick to update on latest reviews and case law. But their real strength is their ability to correlate likely implications and actions needed by HEIs by their developed understanding and knowledge of Higher Education institutions.

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Our Education team is ranked in the top tier of Chambers & Partners UK wide category and Legal 500.

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Jane Byford - Partner at VWV

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