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We serve as a single point of reference for the education sector, providing access to the expertise of our lawyers in the Education Legal Services team.

We have sector-specific knowledge and experience, working nationally with nurseries, schools, academies, free schools, colleges and universities. This includes advising Church of England and Catholic schools – for example, we give legal advice to the Birmingham Church of England Diocese, which has over 370 schools in the Diocese of Birmingham and Lichfield.

Our aim is to empower your decision-making and help you find effective solutions to your legal issues. In doing so, we’ll enable you to achieve a successful outcome in your governance, leadership and management of education services

What We Do

At the core of IM Educate is our fixed fee employment law service. We provide an expert employment lawyer as a dedicated point of contact. You will be able to access unlimited advice and support from your lawyer, who will also help if you are facing a dispute grievance, a disciplinary hearing or a capability appraisal process.

Our Education Legal Services team works with senior leaders and board members on the full range of legal and HR issues, including: 

  • HR and employment law support
  • Academy conversions 
  • Charity regulation and governance
  • Land and property matters 
  • Special educational needs and disability discrimination
  • Admissions and exclusions
  • Funding and school governance
  • Procurement 
  • Access to education
  • Freedom of information 
  • Judicial reviews 
  • Data protection
  • Commercial contracts 
  • Immigration 
  • Resolving disputes

Why Choose Irwin Mitchell?

We give practical, solutions-based advice that will allow you to manage your legal and HR issues as efficiently as possible. 

We pride ourselves on our responsiveness. Your dedicated lawyer will always keep you up-to-date and share direct contact details.

We’re committed to delivering more than just great legal advice, giving our clients additional support to help them achieve success – often at no extra cost. This includes: 

  • Regular newsletters for case law developments and relevant legal updates 
  • Specialist training and networking events for HR managers, business managers, head teachers, special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs) and governors/trustees 
  • Regular reporting – we’ll help identify repeat issues or trends
  • Bespoke workshop training to groups of clients with common concerns. 

We appreciate that there’s no ‘one size fits all’ approach to cost. We offer a variety of fee options which include fixed fee options. At competitive rates, these options give you the flexibility to choose the level of support you need and keep legal costs under control. 

We work closely with partners who also operate in the education sector, enabling us to connect you with services that complement and support your needs. Examples include finance, HR operations, payroll administration, occupational health and facilities management. 

For more information on IM Educate, please download our brochure (PDF).

What Our Clients Say

“We consider the support at Irwin Mitchell to be good value for money in a sector which is facing tough financial challenges. The speed of response is excellent and the lawyers have a good understanding and working knowledge of our sector and the issues we face. We have had a few legal challenges in the last few months which have been dealt with proactively and effectively, exceeding our expectations.” 
Warwickshire College 

“The team ensure that we find effective solutions to the issues we face without unnecessary delay and have supported us in taking pre-emptive action before issues develop. Taking their advice, we have achieved mutually beneficial outcomes for the school and staff which has in turn saved the school money.” 
Sandbach High School and Sixth Form College 

“Our relationship with Irwin Mitchell has been a major contribution to us achieving a good judgement from Ofsted in a short period of time – something that every school/academy strives for. In addition to this, we feel that the cost certainty aspect of IM Educate is invaluable.”
George Dixon Academy 

“Irwin Mitchell provided us with an outstanding lawyer who gave strong support, expertise and professionalism to myself and the staff at St Edmund Campion School during a number of complex employment situations. Their extensive knowledge of employment law and the education sector make the services and insights unique.”
St Edmund Campion School

IM Educate

  • Employment Tribunal Insurance
    As part of the IM Educate service, we offer an employment tribunal policy which will provide you with the added comfort that your fees are taken care of should you need to attend a tribunal.

For more information on IM Educate

If you are interested in understanding how Irwin Mitchell can help you with your IM Educate work then please contact Kirsty Ayre (Partner) on +44 (0)114 274 4911, or send us an email.