International Education

The last decade has seen a rapid increase in the number of schools looking to increase their reputation and secure their long-term future with new income streams.

Many of the projects they embark upon involve entering into commercial relationships with organisations and businesses from outside of their home jurisdiction. This includes establishing schools overseas, twinning arrangements, joint educational programmes, joint ventures, and ed-tech ventures such as MOOCs.

Expanding schools into foreign markets presents real and unique challenges. To help you tackle these challenges, we offer a unique blend of expert legal knowledge, a full understanding of the ethical, educational and commercial challenges you face, as well as a full understanding of the regulatory environment a number of key jurisdictions.

Our international Education team acts for many of the world’s leading schools and universities, helping them successfully implement their international expansion plans across the Middle East, Africa, India, China, ASEAN, North America and the Pacific Rim in particular. We have recently worked on international expansion projects for Gordonstoun, North London Collegiate School, Sedbergh School, Sherborne School, Uppingham School and Westminster School.

As a leading technology firm, we also recognise the growing demand and importance of technology in the education sector. Our team can advise you on a range of areas within ed-tech, including setting up an overseas campus, IP and trademarks, as well as the corporate financing of new international projects.

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