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Farrers appointed to the LUPC panel

 

Accreditations

  • Legal 500, 2015
  • Chambers UK, 2016

Higher education institutions

This prestigious team has a stellar reputation, particularly in matters relating to employment, IP, charity and student issues.

Chambers UK

We are used to dealing with high-profile, sophisticated institutions who require assistance with complex matters. Examples of recent work includes: joint ventures and international collaborations, large-scale development projects, discrimination claims and tribunal hearings and more recently the huge rise in immigration advice for employees and students. Our dedicated team advise statutory, charter and private institutions and all types of HEIs from universities, colleges, business and medical research institutions, to student unions and exam boards.

We are also one of the selected panel firms for the London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC). The LUPC was set up to maximise value from the collaborative procurement of goods and services, and includes some of the country’s leading universities, colleges, cultural institutions and a number of government agencies.

Collaboration is at the heart of what we do. We draw together specialists in their fields to agree the most practical solution to your challenge. We welcome secondment arrangements so we can learn about and understand an institution from the inside. This not only ensures you receive the best advice, but sets in place a robust legal framework for you to take into the future and build upon to achieve your educational and business goals.

“It has a strong reputation for handling student disputes and contentious employment cases, as well as assisting educational institutions with establishing large-scale international collaborative projects and joint ventures with commercial organisations.”
Legal 500, 2016

Our experience

Some of our most recent cases include:

  • Advising Imperial College London on its collaboration with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) to establish a new medical school in Singapore, which will offer a joint undergraduate medical degree programme when doors open to students in 2013.
  • Providing a series of immigration presentations and open Q & A sessions to EU employees of a high-profile London University. Our client had concerns that they would lose staff as a direct result of the referendum, if they were not able to support affected employees by offering broad access to comprehensive, detailed and practical legal advice that would help these employees make informed decisions.
  • Advising the University of Oxford on a £75m donation, which was widely reported in the national and international press.
  • Creating a joint venture subsidiary charity of two universities for the distribution of public funds to encourage entrepreneurship.
  • Advising on a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council research collaboration between a leading research institute and private sector partners.
  • Advising on the formation of an intellectual property policy for a leading UK business school.
  • Providing charity and constitutional advice on the review and amendment of a university charter and ordinances including its student regulations, and the review and amalgamation of its trust funds.
  • Providing advice on anti-bribery and fraud policies and procedures.
  • Acting in an 11-week employment tribunal hearing in which a multi-applicant discrimination claim was successfully defended on behalf of a higher education institution.
  • Acting for a London medical college in its redevelopment and construction of a large Smithfield site.

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For more information contact one of our specialist advisers above or email us at enquiries@farrer.co.uk.

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Farrers appointed to the LUPC panel