Firms' work for education praised

IRWIN Mitchell's and Nabarro's Sheffield offices are the only operations outside Leeds to have their work for education highlighted.

Monday, 3rd September 2007, 4:11 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th September 2007, 3:44 pm

Ironically, whilst most of the educational advice comes from firms in Leeds, it was to Irwin Mitchell that Leeds City Council turned for advice on a complex IT contract.

The firm also acted for Sheffield University on the transfer of the NHS nursing training contract and staff.

Irwin Mitchell associate director and national head of the firm’s public sector, education, sports, culture and charities team Michael Longden is described by clients as being of ‘exceptionally high quality,’ while his team is described as ‘invaluable,’ and ‘offering sound and practical advice.’

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Nabarro is leading on three Building Schools for the Future schemes, and advising on another two.

The team also worked on the first-ever conversion to academies of two secondary schools built under the PFI, and recently closed Oldham MBC’s group schools Public Finance Initiative project.

Meanwhile, DLA Piper’s Leeds office has advised both Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam Universities.