Education Law Solicitors

Forbes is a national force in the education sector. Our 'one-stop-shop' service is what differentiates us from our competitors.

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Acting for over 450 educational establishments has taught us that schools and colleges face a challenging combination of financial pressures and government legislation, against the backdrop of their own internal pressures and the relentless pursuit of improvement and improved student and pupil outcomes.

We understand schools. We know that school and college leaders and governors need responsive advice on a vast array of issues. Our dedicated Education Group have developed a comprehensive range of legal services and solutions focused specifically on the objectives of education establishments.Our education clients tell us that they appreciate insightful, pragmatic and outcome-driven advice in plain English - and that's exactly what we deliver.Building relationships from the outset is really important to the way we work, working with our clients rather than for them. We pride ourselves on our friendly and approachable style and strive to establish a good working rapport with our client base; becoming a key part of their team.

We are responsive, interested and proactive. Being immersed in the education sector we plot trends and spot opportunities so we can recommend training to address any recurring issues. Our objective is to upskill our clients so that they can confidently handle more themselves - and for when they need a second opinion, we're there as a virtual extension of their own team. We live and breathe ideas, improve and innovate, simply we don't just see ourselves as legal advisors but here to guide and add value to our clients' journeys.

Our education group is made up of specialist lawyers with extensive experience in dealing with all forms of the law, including:

  • Academy Conversions

  • Child Protection & Safeguarding

  • Commercial Contracts Construction

  • Data Protection Disputes

  • Trade Union Relations

  • Employment Law

  • Exclusions, Appeals & Admissions

  • Governance

  • Health & Safety

  • HR Services

  • Insurance

  • Intellectual Property

  • Pensions

  • Procurement

Approved Partners

It’s people are responsive, take the time to understand their clients and provide practical and innovative solutions which support and mininise risk. They continually adapt their approach in responsive to legislative change and the world in which we work.

Legal 500

Ruth Rule-Mullen has the personal touch, and take the time to understand the issues, which in turn enables them to provide the best solutions. Forbes provide honest advice, with wrap around support which is invaluable when dealing with sensitive staffing situations. They run regular workshops for schools and colleges which are practical and show an understanding of the challenges facing education.

Legal 500

We have worked with Forbes for a number of years. We have been pleased with his practical advice and guidance over the years. He points out any risks and provides pragmatic and sensible advice. We have worked with a number of other individuals over the years who have all taken a similar approach.

Legal 500

Provide pragmatic support based on the sometimes unique challenges sometimes facing the business with access to a small skilled team, which has enabled us to build relationships with the team, and in turn gives us the confidence to deal with a range of employment issues sensitively and robustly.


Provide a flexible and responsive service with a good understanding of education requirements. Provide opportunities through a range of seminars, online updates and workshops to collaborate with other employers within the sector.


Recognition for our work

Our dedicated Education team


Partner and National Head of Employment & Education, Employment & HR

Jonathan Holden

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Partner and Head of Public Sector Employment, Employment & HR

Ruth Rule-Mullen

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Partner, Employment & HR

Laura McHugh

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Partner, Governance, Procurement & Information

Gemma Duxbury

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