Higher Education

Published date17 February 2023
Subject MatterEmployment and HR, Consumer Protection, Retirement, Superannuation & Pensions, Education
Law FirmShepherd and Wedderburn LLP
AuthorMr Neil Maclean


Our Higher Education team has a long history of acting for a large number of leading establishments across the education sector, including state and independent schools, further education colleges, and universities.

The team comprises leading lawyers with relevant expertise from across the firm, from charities, governance and pensions, employment and immigration, to commercial, GDPR, property and construction specialists.

We provide strategic and expert advice to guide institutions through any issue they face, no matter how complex or sensitive. We ensure our advice is solution-focused and provides practical recommendations on how best to proceed. We work in genuine partnership with our clients, building long-term trusted adviser relationships with them to best understand their objectives and help them achieve their goals.

Our specialisms include:

Employment and Equality Law Matters

  • Advising on employee relations matters, including Trade Union recognition, collective bargaining, managing strikes and action short of strikes
  • Discrimination matters involving both staff and students
  • Unfair dismissal and other Employment Tribunal claims
  • Dealing with allegations of bullying and harassment
  • Academic Freedom
  • Research and other misconduct
  • Advising on contracts and other legal and regulatory issues for employees working abroad
  • Pensions


  • Hiring non-UK national employees
  • Advising in relation to non-UK student issues
  • ...

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