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Higher Education Contracts

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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How can we help?

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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The team at VWV was professional, responsive and supportive in providing advice in a fast moving and cutting edge area of law. The level of resource made available was exceptional (while competitively priced) and the focus of all the team was unstintingly to support the University and protect its reputation.

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Meet the Team

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

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Bettina Rigg - Partner at VWV
Jane Byford - Partner at VWV
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Growth in VWV's Higher Education Team
Claire Turner, the former Director of Legal and Insurance Services at the University of Exeter, has joined VWV as a Consultant Solicitor.
17 Jun 2019