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Ranked Top Tier by the Legal 500


"Burnetts’s ‘exceptional’ team provides ‘prompt, full and helpful advice’" Legal 500 2017

"The education sector is a particular specialism" Legal 500 2016

"Burnetts is clear in its advice and very supportive in its approach." Legal 500 2015


Acting for numerous schools, academies, colleges, universities and other education bodies, Burnetts provides a nationally recognised source of specialised education advice.  The firm has been consistently ranked as Top Tier by the Legal 500 and is also on the approved supplier list of the Crescent Purchasing Consortium

As large organisations, education clients have a variety of legal needs and our  experienced, cross-practice team of solicitors enables us to respond speedily, cost effectively and with an integrated approach. We provide a service that is knowledgeable and we understand the many specialist issues faced by education establishments on a day to day basis.

Our growing list of clients acknowledges our success. We provide comprehensive advice on a range of issues including:

•    Employment Issues including an HR Helpline
•    Corporate Governance
•    Commercial Drafting
•    Intellectual Property
•    Freedom of Information / Data Protection
•    Joint Venture and Funding Agreements
•    Health & Safety
•    Claims by Students and Third Parties
•    Acquisition and Property Development
•    Charity and Trust Matters
•    Student Discipline and Compliance

Burnetts also has a specialist schools team with a strong track record in academy conversions and ongoing post-conversion support. 

Who to contact

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Natalie Ruane

Natalie is a Partner and leads the Employment Law & HR team and specialises in education.