Supporting providers to deliver superior student experiences and outcomes


Running a school is increasingly complex - facing changing community expectations, unique workforce considerations and complex stakeholders and funding models. Schools need to balance staff and student needs, while ensuring they meet governance expectations and obligations – all while considering duty of care, teacher wellbeing and retention, misconduct and reputational risk, digital transformation of the learning model and myriad other issues.


Supporting schools

We have a strong national Schools team who have deep expertise in the schools sector. We understand schools and how schools operate – and are able to bring that cross disciplinary understanding to support schools with any legal issue that might arise.

How can we help

We have the depth of experience to assist with navigating the unique challenges and issues impacting government and independent schools across Australia including:

We have a deep and genuine understanding of issues being faced by the schools sector, and how they interact and impact each other. This knowledge and experience allows us to deliver tailored solutions to schools.

Knowledge and expertise

We work with stakeholders across the education lifecycle – from childcare and early learning providers, government and independent schools, vocational education and training providers, to higher education providers.

  • Education
  • Childcare and early learning
  • Vocational education and training
  • Higher education


We work with stakeholders across the education lifecycle – from childcare and early learning providers, government and independent schools, vocational education and training providers, to higher education providers.

Childcare and early learning


Our Childcare and early learning team deliver specialist legal services to domestic and international clients based on a deep understanding of the sector's compliance, funding and regulatory issues. These issues impact buyers, regulators and operators of centre-based day care, including long day care, occasional care, preschools and kindergartens.

We are leaders in best practice with expertise in acquisitions, consolidations and restructures, defending class action claims, and other corporate transactions. Our team have a genuine passion for the sector. They are committed to providing clients with tailored solutions to help them navigate the unique challenges and opportunities arising from ongoing changes and unprecedented disruptions within the sector.

Vocational education and training

Our Vocational education and training team assists registered training organisations, including TAFEs, with all aspects of the regulatory framework. They advise and represent concerning audits, compliance and other regulatory and legal action by the Australian Skills Quality Authority, the Commonwealth Department of Education, State departments of education and training and other regulatory bodies.

We have experience assisting our clients in avoiding tuition assurance breaches, dealing with multiple concurrent regulatory interventions and proceedings, entering the sector and facilitating wind-downs and exits from the sector. Our team can help clients develop strategies to maximise returns on legacy VET FEE-HELP assets while limiting reputational impacts on other parts of the business.

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Higher education


Our Higher education team provide specialist legal services based on an in-depth understanding of the complex, unique and high-risk issues facing clients within the sector. Most Australian universities, the peak public and private industry associations, and leading independent higher education providers engage the team on a broad range of sector-specific issues.


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