Solicitors in Westminster, London

Education & Schools

Our Education Team is nationally recognised for its expertise and experience, which dates back to the firm's origins in 1855.  LBMW is ranked in Legal 500 as a leading Education firm.

Our Education Team maintains active links with government, the Department for Education, General Synod, the Charity Commission and other relevant bodies. Through our role as advisers to the Church of England Education Office (otherwise known as the National Society), being the body which represents Church of England schools throughout the country, we not only respond to legislative change but are also involved in shaping it. The wealth of our experience means that we are fully equipped to address any queries raised.

We are a market leader in the provision of legal services and support to the full range of schools, academies, multi-academy trusts, chains and sponsors and other teaching institutions throughout the country, including providers of Further and Higher Education. Our litigation department has successfully acted in a number of important and ground-breaking cases affecting this sector, those recently have included Rittson- Thomas v Oxfordshire County Council and Durand Academy Trust v Ofsted.

We pass on our experience and knowledge in this sector through newsletters, briefings, seminars, workshops and conferences throughout the year, including our longstanding annual schools conference. Please see our full list of our upcoming events here.

Our "Education Answers" website provides access to an extensive bank of articles covering a wide range of legal issues affecting the education sector, with the option to raise queries in relation to the issues raised.  This is a unique and free resource which we make available to clients and to the wider education profession.


We can provide efficient and effective advice for the following (please click on the links for more information):


'LBMW has been established for many years and has specialist experience in the education and charity sector. This experience is tangible both in the quality of advice both from longer-serving and new staff, and gives a sense of security. Whilst there are high-quality rivals, I have not seen from any of these the breadth and depth of quality that is available at LBMW. My experience, in particular, is of the state-funded education sector.'

'The education team at LBMW has well-established expertise in educational law which is unrivalled. It is consistently well-briefed on legal developments and is adaptable to the varying needs of a range of clients.'

Legal 500


  • Ian Blaney
      • 0207 960 7131
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  • Howard Dellar
      • 0207 960 7181
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  • Susan Newell
      • 0207 960 7171
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  • Ella Westby
      • 0207 960 7167
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  • Simon Foulkes
      • 0207 960 7134
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  • Jane Grenfell
      • 0207 960 7160
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  • David Whittington
      • 0207 960 7145
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