With increasing financial pressures and regular modification to government legislation the education sector faces a period of change and uncertainty. We understand the challenges facing our clients and the need to provide commercial and pragmatic advice in order to help them minimise risk and maximise growth.

Our impressive combination of technical skill and sector awareness allows us to provide an outstanding level of service to our clients. We provide a wide range of services to our clients in the education sector including advice on: –

  • Equality duties;
  • Data protection requirements and freedom of information requests;
  • Academy conversions;
  • Contracts and Procurements;
  • Safeguarding issues;
  • Incorporations, sales, acquisitions and mergers;
  • Property development projects;
  • Charity status and requirements; and
  • Funding applications.

Our education contacts include both higher and further education institutions, academies, state and independent schools. We are currently partnered with Kidderminster Academy, Birmingham Metropolitan College and Worcester Royal Grammar School and most members of the education team have hands on experience as mentors and governors for local educational institutions such as the University of Worcester and ARK Academies.

In addition our team has a wealth of experience advising private individuals who are teachers, parents, bursars and governors in connection with their personal legal needs. Our education team offers a wide range of private client services, specifically tailored to the education sector, and members have both professional and personal experience of advising in respect of a range of issues concerning children and young adults with Special Educational Needs enabling them to assist parents in the following matters:

  • Liaising with professionals regarding SEN diagnosis;
  • Advising in respect of Education Health and Care (“EHC”) Plan applications;
  • Working with parents and Local Authorities in respect of EHC Plans;
  • Working with parents and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services for students aged 16 to 18;
  • Advising court appointed guardians;
  • Representation and advocacy at panel hearing;
  • Disciplinary matters at tribunal


The education team is led by Lauren Hartigan-Pritchard. Before qualifying as a lawyer, Lauren worked for OFSTED, adding valuable experience to her role as an educational specialist at Thursfields. Lauren is rated in Legal 500 2016 as providing “good, solid, commercial advice.”

To contact Lauren please call 01905 677045 or e-mail: lhartiganpritchard@thursfields.co.uk


Thursfields are one of our founding partners at Birmingham Metropolitan College’s Professional Services Academy. Through this unique Academy Thursfields support our students by providing a programme of business workshops and lectures, helping to not only ensure that our students are kept up to date with technical topics within law and business, but also equipping our students with tangible skills, such as delivering a presentation or time management.”

“This programme helps to ensure that our young people are developing the skills and attitude needed for tomorrow’s professional services environment, and we simply could not deliver this without the team at Thursfields.”

Suzie Branch, Birmingham Metropolitan College



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