As a leading provider to the education sector, Walker Morris supports and advises our education clients to develop and manage their schools, further education colleges and universities to achieve their ambition, in what is one of the most important sectors in the community. One of our Team’s key strengths is our longevity of working together over many years on assignments in the education sector and the value we place on building strong relationships and acting as a trusted adviser. Our approach is a no-nonsense and personalised approach: we understand that one size does not fit all.
We are recognised for our strong multi-disciplinary teamwork and straightforward advice. Both the Firm and our lawyers are recognised as leaders in their fields with 91 per cent of our partners being recommended in either Chambers or Legal 500 for their individual expertise.
We offer a full range of legal support covering everything from procurement and contracts, governance, state aid, employment advice and dispute resolution, pensions, real estate, construction and campus redevelopments, energy and energy efficiency contracts and dispute resolution. It is our responsibility to provide straight forward commercial and strategic advice to help you interpret and meet the new opportunities in education.
Supporting you as a trusted advisor
We are an approved member of the legal panel for Crescent Purchasing Consortium for the provision of legal services to all college and higher education members in the Yorkshire and Humber, North East, East Midlands and North West regions, together with the North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium.
Managing Complex Projects
Working to a tight schedule we advised on the £75 million major campus redevelopment for Burnley College in conjunction with the University of Central Lancashire (Uclan).This was the largest scheme constructed in the North under the previous Government’s Colleges Capital Building Programme and was time critical. This project was a ground breaking, high value development involving university and college institutions. It has established a new site for the College and an East Lancashire Campus for the University
We have worked closely with Bury College on all its property and development work over the last 12 years. The College has spent in excess of £35 million on its estate over eight phases. Throughout all these major developments, we have supported the College on all aspects of the new build process including OJEU procurement, building contract and associated documentation. Our approach to the Beacon Centre was particularly innovative as we introduced a VAT saving structure and the savings were reinvested in the project.
We have acted on over 25 Academy conversions providing expert assistance during the process, working to a fixed budget and tight timetables. Price certainty and experience are of real value to institutions during this relatively new process. We are pleased to work with a number of these institutions post conversion on all aspects of legal service provision.
"Professional and courteous, Walker Morris provided sound legal advice which was backed up by access to a highly skilled and well experienced team."