Legal and Finance: Top Marks for Firm in Higher Education

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A team at a Birmingham law firm has beaten off strong competition to consolidate its position as one of the UK's leading players in the highly competitive higher education area.

Birmingham and London-based solicitors Martineau Johnson announced three significant appointments - winning work on behalf of Queen's University Belfast, Cardiff University and a joint venture involving the universities of Hull and York.

Specialists at the firm have been appointed to the legal services panels of Queen's and Cardiff - becoming the only mainland law firm to be represented on the Belfast panel - and have also won a competitive tender to advise Hull and York on the establishment of a new medical school.

The wins bring the number of universities for which the firm acts to 13 - excluding a number of academic consortia involved in large scale projects around the UK - thus confirming its national status and reputation in advising universities throughout the country.

London-based Rachel Woolf will be lead partner on the Queen's University Belfast work, advising on a range of issues including specialist employment, administrative and commercial law. …