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on Monday, 16 May 2022.

National law firm and education sector specialist VWV and strategy consultants Cairneagle are to join forces to bolster their combined businesses.

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The combination, announced on 16 May 2022, demonstrates both businesses' ongoing commitment to investment and development as part of their growth and diversification strategy. In the education sector specifically, it enables them to better support clients to determine their strategic direction, giving wider choice, insight and access to a broad range of specialisms.

Cairneagle is a fast growing, multi-award winning business that operates globally, recognised as EducationInvestors' "Strategy Consultancy of the year"  for the fourth time in 2021

VWV is a leading legal and business services provider in the education sector with probably the most extensive combined list of school and university clients of any UK law firm. VWV has a culture of innovation to support its clients beyond simply legal advice and their combination with Cairneagle follows investments in other subsidiaries such as VWV Plus, which has developed online tools to promote and support the compliance and assurance requirements of education providers and other regulated businesses, and HR consultants, Narrow Quay HR.

Simon Heald, VWV Managing Partner commented:

"We are delighted to be welcoming the Cairneagle team to the VWV 'family', having worked with them on joint projects for many years. This collaboration enhances both businesses, helping us to better support our clients in the education sector and its supporting ecosystem, where a deep expertise and understanding of the regulatory environment, challenges and growth opportunities gives us and our clients a competitive edge. Beyond education, there are many opportunities for developing and diversifying our broader practice and sectors as well as our London location and international profile."

Cairneagle Managing Partner, Rupert Barclay said:

"We have long admired the reputation and in depth sector expertise of education colleagues at VWV.  For Cairneagle, it is about moving to the next stage of growth with a firm with a similar entrepreneurial spirit as ours. The investment, synergy and shared infrastructure that this collaboration brings will benefit our clients, enabling us to meet their needs even better, and our people, ensuring we continue to grow, diversify and rise to new challenges. This is the beginning of a very exciting chapter for Cairneagle together with VWV."

The new company will keep the Cairneagle name and become part of the VWV group of subsidiary companies which currently includes VWV Plus and Narrow Quay HR. Cairneagle will also remain in their current office in the West End of London. The Cairneagle partners will continue to work exclusively for, and are retaining equity in, the new company.