Our education law team is recognised as a leading practice in the Chambers and Legal 500 legal directories. Experienced in representing state and private schools, as well as colleges and universities, they’re fully equipped to meet the needs of your institution.

How we serve the education sector

Scotland’s education system is known for being the most flexible in the UK. Despite tight budgetary constraints, it’s constantly evolving to meet the needs of all age groups. Few understand the legal nuances of this sector better than us. We’ve advised on many large projects, such as Scottish Government's £1.8 billion "Schools for the Future" programme.


We also frequently help with sensitive issues like school placement appeals. Our expertise covers a wide range of private school challenges, including employment, governance, and international partnerships. We always aim to simplify problems for our clients, working diligently to understand their institutional needs, and offering clear, solution-focused advice.

Morton Fraser MacRoberts are very knowledgeable regarding sponsorship for pupils and are an expert team who are very professional.

Chambers and Partners

The firm know us well, are able to respond swiftly where required and provide a clear understanding of timescales.

Chambers and Partners

Morton Fraser MacRoberts have an excellent network of lawyers to support our every need.

Chambers and Partners

One of the largest legal providers for the education sector

With over 80 specialists (all with decades of experience between them), we have become to the go-to legal team for schools and universities across Scotland. Whether state, private, further, or higher, our expertise covers the entire spectrum of this growing sector.


Because of this, we’re fully equipped to handle any complex legal challenges you might face – from regulatory and governance issues in mergers, to intellectual property and commercial contracts. 

A track record built on passion and dedication

How have we earned a reputation as a top law firm in this sector? Our specialised expertise, commitment to innovation, and practical, solution-focused approach. One of our standout achievements was advising on Scotland’s only merger between further and higher education institutions – showcasing our knack for handling regulatory challenges.

Why we take a partnership approach

More than just legal experts, we see ourselves as a partner to this sector. Just like our clients, we’re equally invested in improving education across Scotland. That’s why we work closely with institutions to understand and serve their unique needs. With a focus on clarity (in both advice and cost), we can help you resolve challenges like employment, student disability, parental complaints, and data protection. This partnership approach, coupled with our dedication to innovation, helps us stay in tune with the sector's evolving landscape. 

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