From preschool and postgraduate educators to government departments and agencies, Minter Ellison provides comprehensive legal advice to education sector clients. We advise governing bodies, vice chancellors and other senior executives, senior government officials and principals on matters ranging from high-level strategic issues through to the day-by-day challenges of running education systems, universities, private higher education providers and schools.

Governance, protection of valuable intellectual property, termination of employment for poor performance or misconduct, building disputes, OHS issues, industrial relations and strategy, defence of discrimination claims, insurance and risk management, PPP and other funding mechanisms, and teacher/academic and student discipline are all areas where we have significant experience.

In Australia, our advice to primary and secondary schools spans government and non-government systems and individual schools.

Our higher education group has advised universities and other educational institutions since the early 1930s. Through this experience, we have developed a thorough knowledge of the enabling and associated legislation governing universities and the wider education sector. We routinely advise on: strategic advice on funding, intellectual property and research arrangements, information technology and telecommunications, regulatory, legislative and compliance, human resources and industrial relations, dispute resolution, property, planning and environment, construction, and taxation matters. We also advise on overseas arrangements and students.

Edith Cowan University Student Accommodation PPP Project

Acting for Edith Cowan University, Perth on its Student Accommodation PPP project to provide additional student accommodation on campus as well as transferring the management and operation of existing accommodation across to the successful private sector consortium.

A$61 million White Cloud acquisition of Careers Australia

Advised White Cloud Capital Advisors on the A$61 million acquisition of the 54.8% share in Careers Australia Group. In a fast moving and complex takeover involving a rival bidder, our team had to assist White Cloud to present Careers Australia Group with a strategy to terminate the Bid Implementation Deed between Careers Australia Group and Crescent Capital Partners to enable Careers Australia Group's independent directors to recommend the White Cloud bid. This took White Cloud's share in Careers Australia to 100%.