Scotland has a long-established and distinctive education sector, including high class schools, colleges and world class universities, which is now facing new and distinctive challenges.

Following devolution to the Scottish Parliament of power to legislate for education, the differences from the rest of the UK have increased significantly. In other areas of law directly relevant to education, such as public procurement, Scotland is also growing further apart from the rest of the UK.

The Scottish education sector is a key focus for government, and has recently seen substantial changes.  These include the restructuring of the further education sector, and in Scotland’s schools, the introduction of the Curriculum for Excellence. The challenges continue. More legislation is promised in governance in higher education, and to implement further change aimed at improving standards.  The charitable status of independent schools is subject to scrutiny. Scotland’s universities seek to recruit and retain academic talent, and enhance students’ learning and cultural experience. The further education sector faces significant unmet demand for student places, as well as pressure on its funding.

Many educational institutions turn to the private sector for input and support through joint working, and see supply of training services as a source of revenue.  The sector’s interface with government agencies and third sector bodies is increasingly important. Unique expertise may be a source of revenue through corporate vehicles or joint ventures.

All the more reason why clients look to us to help guide them through the issues, provide experienced and practical advice, and help to develop innovative strategies.

MacRoberts provides high quality and experienced advice in all aspects of law as it applies to education. Our areas of expertise include:

  • Employment law
  • Public procurement
  • Charities
  • Intellectual property
  • Company formation and corporate law 
  • Governance
  • Commercial contracts
  • Real estate
  • Construction and planning
  • Commercial litigation



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