Education Law, 3-7 yrs PQE, Birmingham

  • Pinsent Masons
  • Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • May 12, 2017
Full time Education

Job Description


Firm Introduction

Pinsent Masons is an international law firm with a long-standing reputation for delivering high-quality legal advice rooted in its deep understanding of the sectors and geographies in which its clients operate. With over 1,500 lawyers operating from 22 locations throughout the UK, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, Pinsent Masons is well-placed to advise on complex multi-jurisdictional transactions across a full range of legal disciplines.


In recent years it has achieved more tier 1 rankings in The Legal 500 UK guide than any other firm, and recognised among the most innovative law firms in Europe by the Financial Times. The firm has significant international credentials in the global energy, infrastructure, financial services and advanced manufacturing and technology sectors. Services provided across these sectors include corporate and M&A, commercial, competition, litigation and arbitration, banking, restructuring, insurance, regulatory, construction, projects, pensions, property, planning and environmental, procurement, outsourcing, employment, share plans, technology and tax advice.


Pinsent Masons stands out in particular for its innovative approach to service delivery. For example, the firm operates a hub of freelance lawyers, called Vario, and has also developed Cerico, a cloud-based regulatory compliance solution. It has developed long-term service agreements, often referred to as ‘sole adviser’ relationships, with a number of blue-chip organisations.



We are currently looking to recruit a lawyer 3-7 years PQE to join the Education Team in our Birmingham office.

The role would involve undertaking a varied caseload of governance, constitutional, regulatory and commercial advice for the education sector including advising on:-

·                the reform of constitutional documents including drafting amendments and obtaining the approval of these from the Privy Council (as required);

·                corporate governance including providing guidance and training on the role of charity trustees, delegation of authority and the validity of decision making;

·                the establishment of new providers of higher education and advising on obtaining degree awarding powers and university title;

·                commercial projects including advising on the establishment of trading subsidiaries;

·                the establishment of contractual and corporate joint ventures; and

·                education collaboration agreements such as teaching partnerships.

The role would primarily focus on advising higher education institutions and private sector higher education providers in a team which is recognised both internally and externally as undertaking leading edge and strategically important work for the global education sector.  The team also advise further educational institutions, independent schools and academies.

An understanding of charity law and its applicability to exempt charities and the corporate structures utilised in the education sector (i.e chartered and statutory corporations and companies limited by guarantee) will be desirable for the role.

No specific experience of working in the higher education is required. Training and support to develop sector knowledge will be provided in a coaching environment.

Writing bid documents, participating in business development pitches and supporting the management of client relationships will also be required as part of the role and so experience of this will also be desirable.

The role is a great opportunity for a lawyer interested in working with a dynamic team in an ever-changing market and undertaking a stimulating caseload.


Pinsent Masons LLP is an international law firm with over 400 partners and more than 1500 lawyers across the globe, providing a full range of corporate and commercial services.  The firm ranks amongst the top 75 global law firms and has a recognised reputation for innovation.


We operate in the major commercial and financial centres of the UK as well as Europe, the Gulf and Asia Pacific.  The offices we have opened in Australia this year will develop our footprint further. 


Pinsent Masons have always worked hard to develop and sustain an inclusive culture for all our people and a diverse workforce that is fully representative of all of the communities in which we live and work. 


Pinsent Masons has identified a range of business sectors as a focus for business development and investment. Universities and Higher education is one of these sectors supported by the firm and recognised externally as a market leader. The group is experiencing strong growth and needs to recruit to support further development.

The Firm's Global Education Group is rated as a Tier 1 firm in the legal directories and acts for over 60 universities and private sector higher education providers. The Group includes over 150 lawyers based in our offices in the UK, Middle East and Asia Pacific.  This is an exciting time to join the Group. The universities and higher education sector is going through rapid change as a market develops and institutions look to transform their business. Clients are seeking new opportunities and tackling the challenges that the sector faces.

The Candidate Required

The successful candidate will have gained experience in a mid to top tier commercial practice specialising in either corporate, charity, education or commercial transactional work.


Candidates must be technically excellent, commercially-minded and have strong problem-solving and drafting skills.  They will be team players, adaptable and able to think 'outside-of-the-box'. They will be enthusiastic about developing knowledge of the education sector and business development, quick at learning and have excellent communication, project management and presentational skills. 


The Opportunity

  • The very best national and international work.
  • Early responsibility and opportunities to develop client relationships.
  • Genuine long-term career prospects supported through our "best in class" training and our Academy personal development programmes.