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VWV Continues To Grow Its Higher Education Practice With Three New Key Appointments and a Key Hire

on Friday, 13 January 2023.

VWV's national Higher Education (HE) sector practice has doubled its turnover in the last five years and now acts for over a third of the universities in England and Wales, boasting an impressive client list.

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Cementing its credentials as market-leader, within the last six months alone VWV has been appointed as supplier to three new HE clients:

  • University of Worcester - Appointed as one of three firms on the University's legal services panel procured via LUPC's national legal services framework.
  • Nottingham Trent University - Appointed to four of the available lots, VWV will provide legal support on property, construction, commercial and charities and HR matters.
  • Bangor University - Extending the provision of its services across Wales, VWV has been appointed as the sole provider on three of the five lots on the University's panel: property and estates, student matters and employment/HR.Uni logos for PR

The team also recently welcomed Morag Roddick, an education corporate partner, previously at Eversheds Sutherland. She advises higher education and research institutions on a wider range of corporate and commercial matters including collaborative joint ventures, mergers, group restructurings and grant funding arrangements.

Jane Byford, Head of Higher Education and Employment Partner, commented:

"Our terrific growth in the sector reflects our mature HE strategy and our agility in responding quickly to our clients' individual needs. We are thrilled to have Morag join us to strengthen our offering to our HE clients and are incredibly excited about supporting our new prestigious clients and forging close relationships with them. The confidence and trust shown in our ability to deliver excellent expertise will underpin our services and support in these challenging market conditions and period of unprecedented change for the sector".

VWV's education team is led by 24 partners, who specialise in a range of legal expertise spanning immigration, international, charities, procurement, employment, construction, litigation, real estate, commercial, regulatory and governance. VWV routinely advises on emerging trends, best practice, policy developments and legislative changes in the law.

The firm is top- ranked nationally for education in independent legal directories Chambers & Partners and Legal 500.

Legal 500 says of VWV:

"The team has great ability to consider and think through challenging issues, providing appropriate advice as is needed for each individual situation."

Chambers & Partners quotes:

"They provide excellent customer service, they have lawyers with personality and a real interest in the issues. They are able to support on a broad range of work."