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Representing free schools, advising universities on collaboration agreements and acting for the Department of Education on schools converting to academies are among the activities undertaken by DLA Piper’s education team.

The Sheffield firm gets the top ranking of any South Yorkshire company and a place in the second tier, behind two Leeds lawyers and ahead of Irwin Mitchell and Nabarro for its work.

The Legal 500 highlights the work of Irwin Mitchell’s Michael Longden in advising the Northern Grid for Learning on a complex broadband procurement project and acting for Newham Training and Education in funding negotiations.

Nabarro’s experience with Building Schools for the Future projects and academy conversions is highlighted, as is the fact that Westminster City Council is a key client.