Legal services

  • Charity law
  • Data Protection
  • Debt recovery
  • Employment & HR
  • Funding & grants
  • Governance
  • Health & safety
  • Joint ventures
  • Litigation & dispute resolution
  • Planning & environmental
  • Procurement
  • Real estate 

Sector expertise

In-depth knowledge is crucial to our education offering. MacRoberts strives not only to fully understand how the unique Scottish sector operates, but also what our client’s role in the sector is, and how we can assist them. We understand the importance of student satisfaction and also building profile for your institution. We know the challenges you face, and we have cultivated years of legal knowledge and practical application to assist you in tackling them.

We want to build partnerships with organisations working in education, to allow us to fully advise clients of the legal matters affecting their operation over a period of time. MacRoberts don’t want to just assist you with a one off transaction, but act as your trusted legal advisor in strategic development. Building long-lasting relationships is something that MacRoberts excels in, and we believe this allows us to produce better results for our clients.

“Educational institutions often have difficulty finding lawyers who understand that the interests of students will be at the heart of everything they do. They need lawyers who share their level of commitment and who will go beyond the adviser role to support the institutions’ objectives. MacRoberts’ strong education practice is distinguished by excellent relationships with some of the best institutions in the sector.”

Katy Wedderburn, Head of Education

The education sector in Scotland is well-established and distinctive. With world-class universities, colleges, and schools, the sector has its own set of identifiable legal challenges. MacRoberts’ lawyers are highly regarded as trusted education sector specialists and can help your institution meet any difficulties you face with confidence and vigour.

As a result of the Scottish Government’s power to legislate, the education sector is fluid and ever changing. You need an agile partner with the ability to be reactive when changes happen, and MacRoberts’ lawyers have been praised time and time again for their responsiveness and up-to-date sector knowledge.


“Focus and quality of service are the foundations for all we do, but we do so much more than that.”

Katy Wedderburn

MacRoberts’ expert Education team can act as your partner in success, supporting your objectives through practical legal advice.

Our education clients have always looked to us to provide them not only with legal advice, but with innovative strategies for prosperity. We understand that students will always be at the heart of everything our clients do, and so we will always put their needs at the front of our service.

Key contacts

Katy Wedderburn, Partner

Katy leads the Education team with over 15 years of experience in working with educational institutions.

Katy specialises in employment, but has a particular interest and understanding of the challenges facing the education sector, particularly in relation to funding.

Katy has worked for universities, FE Colleges, independent schools, local authority education departments and government/NDPB Education bodies, advising widely on issues from senior management exits, discipline, grievance, equal pay, avoiding discrimination, mergers and TUPE transfers, trade union relations, collective bargaining, restructuring and redundancy.

Duncan Osler, Partner

Duncan is accredited by The Law Society of Scotland as a Specialist in Public Procurement Law. He advises on social impacts and helps to promote social enterprise, having spent eight years on the Board of Social Enterprise Scotland (2009-17).

Much of his work is focused on the Public Sector and includes advising Government, local authorities and other public bodies on a range of matters, such as the procurement of schools and law reform.

Our work

  • Advising a large Scottish university on all legal aspects of the design and build of its new teaching facility.


  • Supporting a further education college on all aspects of a tenant’s insolvency, in particular relative to the lease.


  • Acting for a further education college in relation to all commercial contract advice and providing extensive support to the College’s business development team.


  • Advised on a high profile merger between  Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS) and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education (HMIE) merger into a new single organisation, known as the Scottish Education Quality and Improvement Agency (SEQIA) in 2011.
  • Advised Scottish Further Education Colleges in their approach to legal aspects of mergers through the Scottish Government’s College Regionalisation program.


  • Advised Ready For Business on a Developing Markets Contract for Scottish Government, a key component of which is improving efficiencies in the public sector including educational and training facilities.


  • Working with a large number of education clients to provide training and guidance to their staff on issues such as data protection, employment law and procurement.



What our clients say about us


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