“Institutions provide foundations for our future generation of leaders…stakeholders must deliver the education sector with progressive infrastructure, flexible structures and appealing curriculums. Watertight legal advice can fast-track learning at all levels.”
Bruce Heddle – Partner and Sector Leader – Education
The way people learn is changing. Student demographics have shifted, and locally we are realising the appeal of Australia as a destination for global learning. Against an evolving landscape, our clients tell us of the importance of securing sustainable funding, the potential impact of de-regulation of university fees and how university commercial arrangements may be regulated, and developing ways to deliver new and innovative offerings that meet the needs of the market for higher education.
Changes to course delivery and the introduction of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) has resulted in stakeholders looking for success by reducing reliance on government support, and building the commercial appeal of our institutions.
With us, you can expect innovative and considered legal advice across the following areas:
- asset acquisition and divestment
- commercial/contract law
- competition and consumer law
- construction, projects, property and leasing
- corporate structures and joint ventures
- dispute resolution, mediation and litigation
- employment and industrial relations law
- workplace and occupational health and safety
- governance, intellectual property, privacy and FOI
- planning and environment
- research and grant agreements and arrangements
- regulatory, legislative and compliance
You need lawyers who understand the impacts of potential deregulation, evolution of the student experience and the unique needs of institutions operating in both the tertiary and vocational sectors.
In the higher education sector, universities are being challenged on many fronts. They are being asked to be more efficient, to differentiate, to improve the student experience and produce ‘work ready’ graduates, alongside world class research.
Here is a sample of where we have helped our education clients:
- advising universities on dual sector and third party provider agreements and ensuring compliance with the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)
- advising on both sides of transactions involving research and grant agreements and arrangements
- preparing tender documentation, drafting contracts, procurement and advising on commercial and legal risk, as well as strategies to manage contractual relationships to minimise that risk
- advising universities and other higher education providers on numerous construction and infrastructure projects.
Our professionals make it their business to stay current across changes in education. In many cases, we are at the forefront of these changes, working closely with universities and other education providers to set new pathways to an innovative, sustainable community.
Hit a snag? Our lawyers will provide calm, considered advice to point you in the right direction. Our advice comes to you in clear, concise delivery, and where possible we will give you a range of options and present the associated risks to bring you to action, quicker.
Bringing you the latest legal developments, news and insights relevant to the education sector:
edYOU – Edition 1 – October 2014
edYOU – Edition 2 – October 2015