Our team is focused on providing legal solutions to the education sector and its insurers. We have wide-ranging experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters throughout Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas.

The Kennedys team represents a wide range of education sector clients. These include insurers/indemnifiers, local authorities, schools in both the state and independent sectors, academies, further and higher education institutions, education membership bodies and dedicated higher and further education specialists. We have experts based in Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas.

We are a multidisciplinary team with extensive sector knowledge and wide-ranging experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters. We understand the evolving education landscape and the particular challenges that our clients face, meaning that we are well-placed to help them plan ahead for future challenges and opportunities. We aim always to provide clear, pragmatic advice which protects our clients’ commercial and reputational interests while upholding their obligations to those they serve.

Our team has particular expertise in litigation and dispute resolution, especially in defending claims. Our areas of work include:

  • Professional liability
  • Property damage – buildings, contents, equipment
  • Construction projects
  • Business interruption
  • Employers’ and public liability (personal injury caused by school equipment or the premises itself)
  • Regulatory defence and health and safety investigations
  • Abuse
  • Occupational disease
  • Personal accident cover
  • Data protection
  • Cyber and data breaches
  • Governors’ and trustees’ liability
  • Fine art
  • Discrimination claims
  • Employment disputes, stress at work, bullying and harassment
  • Travel claims

Our team has experience in all aspects of non-contentious commercial law. Our areas of expertise include:

  • Employment policies, procedures and benefits
  • Commercial contracts and outsourcing
  • Data protection and freedom of information requests
  • Real estate and construction
  • Governance structures
  • Mergers, partnerships and franchises
  • Disciplinary and grievance matters