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Employment Law

Higher Education Employment Lawyers

Our higher education employment 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. We understand the environment in which HEIs operate and provide innovative, pragmatic solutions on everything from day-to-day queries to complex, sensitive, strategic issues.

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Our extensive knowledge of the HE sector, involvement with sector bodies such as UHR and the breadth of our client base means that we are always up to date with developments and proposals affecting the HE sector and we assist our clients in identifying the HR implications of key changes and how to prepare for them. We work as part of our clients' teams.

How Can We Help?

Our HE employment team can advise on a full range of employment law issues, including:

  • Recruitment
  • Contracts of employment including honorary contracts, joint employment, clinical academics, visiting lecturers, consultancy agreements, sabbatical agreements, secondment agreements, fixed term contracts and casual contracts
  • Drafting, advising and training on staff policies and procedures
  • Staff accommodation issues
  • Pension issues
  • Strategies to reward, recognise and retain high performers
  • Advice on governance issues, including senior pay
  • Internal disputes, including grievances, disciplinaries, bullying and harassment and whistleblowing
  • Trade unions and industrial action
  • Performance management and academic performance
  • Sickness, absence and disability issues
  • Equality and diversity
  • Equal pay and gender pay gap issues
  • Family friendly rights and policies
  • Organisational change, restructurings and redundancies
  • TUPE, including the implications of acquisitions, disposals, collaborations and insourcing/outsourcing
  • Termination of employment
  • Employment litigation, including employment tribunal claims and appeals

Additional Support

Our higher education employment lawyers regularly speak at internal and external seminars and briefings and at HE sector conferences. They also regularly contribute to HE sector publications such as University Business

We can provide practical training for HR professionals and line managers on a variety of HR-related topics. You can also subscribe to our weekly employment law briefs.

For more information, please contact Jane Byford on 0121 227 3712.

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

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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