Our Education Team
Turner Parkinson has lawyers across all departments with a wealth of experience in the education sector.
Mark has worked with the UK Education sector since 1999. His knowledge of the industry is extensive, acting on behalf of various Universities, Colleges, Museums and Private Schools. Mark advises his clients/UK Education sector in all areas of recoveries, including: pre-legal collections, debt litigation, civil enforcement and insolvency. He has a wealth of experience in the recovery of Tuition Fees, Accommodation Charges, Library Fines, Nursery Fees and Sundry Debts. He has a comprehensive understanding of the issues being faced by Education Finance Team’s on a day to day basis and he delivers innovative and effective solutions to reduce bad debt. Mark is responsible for the management of a number of significant client contracts including various framework agreements with local and national education consortia and over 50 individual institutions.
Paul has worked with the UK Education sector since 2008 and has a widespread understanding of all aspects of recovery within the area. He has acted in both a fee earning and management capacity on behalf of various Universities, Colleges, Museums and Private Schools. His expertise lie in his innovative approach to recovery across all areas, including: pre-legal collections, debt litigation, enforcement and insolvency. Paul uses his innovation to solve problems and find efficiencies within the case management system to provide a quicker approach to the recovery of debts. Paul is responsible for the management of the Debt Recovery Team and the running of our state of art case management system. The system is constantly streamlined to ensure a faster and smoother approach to recovery.
David Higgins has over 25 years' experience of dealing with insolvency, litigation and banking related issues and specializes in all aspects of recovery and insolvency, contentious and non-contentious. During his career, he has advised educational and public institutions upon the recovery of tuition fees, loans and sundry debts and he has also acted for the office-holders appointed to administer the bankruptcy or insolvent entity. Such cases involve a commercially robust yet practical approach, ensuring that the interests of the client are protected in sometimes reputationally sensitive situations. In addition, he has advised lenders, directors, business owners as well as individuals in possession actions and in regulatory and disputed matters.
Paul and the Turner Parkinson real estate team has considerable experience across a wide range of real estate transactions and asset classes, with particular experience in the student accommodation sector. Over the last 6 years we have successfully closed on 23 transactions within the student accommodation sector, with a total aggregate deal value in excess of £275 million. The team has undertaken a large number of transactions in other sectors using skills and expertise which are directly transferable to the education sector. This includes acting for large corporates, listed vehicles and financial institutions in relation to substantial development and investment transactions in both the commercial and residential sectors, together with portfolio management for several Plcs.
Andrew has worked in construction since 1991. As the education sector has become a more significant developer in that sector building and refurbishing its estate so Andrew has worked with a variety of institutions ranging from junior schools right up to Oxford University, schools and sixth form colleges in between. Andrew has advised education clients on their procurement of major construction projects dealing regularly with headmasters, bursars and school governors. Andrew has developed a particular niche helping education professionals unfamiliar with the dispute resolution procedures specific to the world of construction to navigate a safe course through them. Disputes resolved range from seemingly straightforward money claims both made and resisted to cost overruns, delays and building defect issues.
Gareth has, during his 15 years of practising employment law, advised a number of educational institutions, including some high profile independent schools in Manchester. He has advised on all aspects of employment law and HR issues from grievances, to disciplinary issues, as well, as representing educational institutional establishments in Employment Tribunal claims. He is used to dealing with HR Directors, Business Managers, Headteachers and HR Managers and is well regarded by his clients for providing pragmatic and commercial advice.
Simon and the Commercial/IP team have worked extensively within the education sector. The team regularly advises on service agreements and outsourcing, IT contracts, IP ownership and data protection. Specific experience includes working on University spin-outs, student internships, health care and life sciences, technology, educational delivery and security.