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Higher Education Employment Lawyers

Our higher education employment team has established a reputation as advisers to many higher education institution (HEIs), colleges and training establishments and we pride ourselves on providing practical and commercial solutions for our education clients on the whole spectrum of employment and HR matters.

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Our team is dedicated to providing specialised, tailored legal advice to suit the particular challenges and demands faced by higher education institutions in employment and HR related matters. Our determination to provide you with advice of the highest caliber is evidenced by our unique provision of a specialist employment team.

HE Sector Knowledge

We have an enviable grasp and understanding of all features of an education institution that make it different from a work place in commerce or industry. We are mindful of concepts proprietary, transparency and accountability. Education employment law is a specialist discipline with many institutions being regulated in the areas of recruitment, management and dismissal. We are nationally recognised experts in advising on these issues.

Our Service

Our service is based on sector specific precedents, is proactive in ensuring education institutions are up to date and is focused on high levels of service delivery. We are considered part of our client's team.

Experienced Employment Lawyers

Over the years we have built a team of highly qualified employment lawyers who have unrivalled experience of working with education clients. Our senior lawyers are frequent speakers at conferences and are widely published in the press.

Practical Legal Advice

We are well-known for finding pragmatic and commercial solutions backed by intellectual rigour and a high level of technical competence.

Additional Support

Our higher education employment lawyers travel all over the country to meet managers and decision makers and provide speakers at training seminars and briefings.

We also produce regular, free-of-charge legal updates by email which have proved very popular and an invaluable and timely update.

Higher Education Sector-Specific Advice

The following are examples of advice and assistance we have provided to our higher education clients:

  • Advising a University on the incorporation of its student union including TUPE and pension issues
  • Advising higher education institutions on everyday employment law issues and Tribunal proceedings involving equal pay and race discrimination

Advising higher education institutions on:

  • Redundancies of lecturers
  • The operation of fixed term contracts for lecturers and visiting lecturers
  • Contracts for lecturing and support staff
  • Drafting and/or advising on staff manuals, policies and procedures
  • Drafting and/or advising on governance issues
  • Staff accommodation issues
  • Dismissals
  • Disciplinary and performance issues, grievances and work place fall outs
  • Employment litigation covering a multiple of employment rights including fixed term and part time working, discrimination, equal pay, dismissal and breach of contract
  • Strategic employment advice in relation to staffing objectives and the use of collaborative agreements for the joint use of staff and resources
  • Recruitment and the establishment of a framework agreement for the provision of recruitment services including temporary workers
  • Compliance with equality legislation.

The team also regularly advise many public sector bodies and commercial organisations.

For more information, please contact Bettina Rigg on 020 7665 0960.

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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.

  • Jacqui Marshall - Deputy Registrar and Director of HR
  • University of Exeter

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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