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The world of education is exciting, challenging and ever-changing and we are privileged to be at the forefront working with exceptional leaders to respond to these challenges.

Our Education team at Paris Smith has advised maintained schools, academies, independent schools and FE colleges for many years. We are committed to working along side our education clients to gain a clear understanding of the environment in which you operate. We focus on building long term relationships that allow us to deliver a first class service.

Our team of education lawyers lead by Nick Vaughan offer unrivalled expertise in the full gamut of education matters. We also have specialists that advise on a broader range of matters such as property, employment and commercial law. We can provide you with support in the following areas:

  • Employment and HR issues
  • Admissions
  • Behaviour and exclusions
  • Safeguarding and child protection
  • Special educational needs
  • Parental complaints
  • Finance and fundraising
  • Property disposals and acquisitions
  • Construction advice
  • In-house planning consultancy
  • Judicial reviews

Our Education team has significant experience acting for local authorities and Diocesan Boards of Education on a full range of education matters. We are passionate about working in the education sector (a number of our team are school governors) and over the years we have developed strong relationships with key stakeholders, including the Department for Education (DfE).  Our regional office allows us to deliver a high quality service to education clients across London and the South of England at a competitive price.

If you would like to find out more about our education services, we would be pleased to provide you with further information. We also provide regular seminars, legal updates and training for our education clients.


We are associate education experts for ‘The Key’. The Key is an independent company dedicated to providing high-quality support for school leaders and school governors in England and Wales.

Southampton Contact

Nick Vaughan
Senior LLP Partner

T: 023 8048 2252
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Meet the Team

Claire Merritt
LLP Partner

T: 023 8048 2112
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Crispin Dick
LLP Partner

T: 023 8048 2107
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Clive Dobbin
LLP Partner

T: 023 8048 2370
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Andrew Willshire

T: 023 8048 2160
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Edward Power
LLP Partner

T: 01962 679 783
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Laura Trapnell
LLP Partner

T: 023 8048 2114
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Paris Smith LLP has provided St Edward’s School with advice for some years. We have drawn on their considerable expertise and experience at regular intervals, always to extremely positive effect. We are provided with options for any action and their advice is always clear. We have been very happy with the quality of the services provided by Paris Smith and it is our intention to continue working with them for the foreseeable future. We are very happy to recommend Paris Smith to other schools

- Larry Bartel, Headmaster, St Edward’s School

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