• A multi-disciplinary team of lawyers from across our firm work together to provide specialist expertise for the education sector.

    We support schools, colleges, universities, academies and MATs, spanning areas of expertise such as property, employment, corporate, commercial and regulatory law.

    Why choose our Education team?

    Our lawyers deliver added-value solutions that will help protect your establishment and support your needs so that you can focus on your primary objective; education.

    We take the time to get to know your establishment, working in collaboration. This enables us to provide you with strategic and effective tactics that are tailored to your organisation.

    Many of our Education team are also school governors, so we understand the specific challenges that educational establishments and governors face. This knowledge informs our legal work so that we can deliver enhanced support that meets your needs.

    We use systems that support time, resource and cost efficiency. We structure our fees in a way that best suits our clients, with total transparency, and often work on retainer arrangements.

    As a Brachers client, you will also have access to a programme of free education-focused forums, seminars and training courses. These deliver valuable legal updates and practical solutions to make sure you stay ahead of changes in your sector.

    We also have the benefit of the significant education sector experience within our sister company Kent HR, a specialist HR consultancy. This allows us to offer a wider range of services to educational establishments.

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    Recognition of our expertise

    We are a regional market leader in the education sector and have been ranked in the top tier of leading legal directory The Legal 500 for our work in the public sector, including education.

    Partner Catherine Daw and other team members Colin Smith and Abigail Brightwell are rated as ‘Recommended Lawyers’ in the 2024 directory.

    Catherine Daw has also been recognised in the Chambers and Partners 2021 directory for her expertise in employment law, including her work in education.

    We are one of very few firms who are appointed to supply employment and HR services to schools in London and the South East through our 2buy2 accreditation. The accreditation process assesses our ability to provide legal support that reaches a high standard of quality and expertise and recognises our specialist commitment and knowledge.

    Find out more about our awards, accreditations and partnerships.

    Meet our clients

    Hear from our client Five Acre Wood School about why they work with us.

    How we can help

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    • How to contact us

      Our Education solicitors are based in Maidstone and Canterbury and are ready to help with any legal advice you need.

      You can call us on 01622 690691, email us or use the contact form on this page.

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Meet the Team:

  • Very responsive team that provides insightful and well thought out advice.

    Legal 500 2024
  • Brachers has a very experienced team, offering commercial advice. They demystified technical language and processes.

    Chambers & Partners 2024
  • Catherine Daw leads the team exceptionally well. Other highly regarded individuals include Colin Smith, who is extremely strong on collective employment work and Abigail Brightwell.

    Legal 500 2024
  • They are happy to engage in testing various courses of action, weighing the various risks and possibilities.

    Legal 500 2024