The team is led by Jacob Rickett who previously worked in-house as the Head of Legal and Compliance at Birmingham City University building and developing an in-house team. Jacob has worked for a number of different universities in private practice and is able to understand the challenges of in-house teams and provide practical advice.
The education team regularly advise on:
Our lawyers work closely with in-house legal teams and also directly with client officers from support services departments, faculties and schools. We are committed to ensuring we know our clients and get to know their ways of working to provide sound practical advice and to become trusted extensions of in-house teams that can be called upon when specialist advice is required or to provide additional resources and capacity. Our team has advised across a number of client complaint systems and within different statutory disciplinary and fitness to practice hearings quickly adapting to and becoming experts on new client’s policies and procedures.
Our team’s experience includes:
Information Law and Data Protection
We are able to assist on all areas of information compliance and have experience of advising on all aspects of information requests, data protection and records management. Jacob Rickett while in a former role as the Head of Legal and Compliance at Birmingham City University was also the Data Protection Officer dealing with GDPR implementation, data subject requests, FOIs and third-party requests. We are therefore well placed not only to provide sound advice but to provide tailored and practical advice based on a full knowledge of the challenge not only of the sector but having been on the ground. Our team also has experience of advising other public bodies and police forces on data protection requirements, freedom of information and environmental information requests.
Our team can assist with:
We have delivered full GDPR reviews and implementation projects and regularly deliver data protection and FOI training for in-house legal teams as well as client officers and academic staff (at all levels). We can also offer an FOI review service on a fixed fee or retainer basis.
Corporate, Governance and Commercial
We act for universities, charities and businesses and advise subsidiaries of national and multi-national groups. We have developed a leading reputation for dealing with mergers and acquisitions; however, we provide the complete range of corporate, governance and commercial services.
Our corporate and commercial experience includes:
We provide sound, comprehensive legal advice and support from a team of employment law specialists with a down-to-earth, dedicated and flexible approach. Although common sense may be sufficient to deal with many employment law issues, sometimes it may be necessary to involve an employment lawyer in order to avoid any hidden pitfalls.
The team’s range of services includes:
We found that many existing employment law advisers simply tell their clients what they should not do. We focus on the practical solutions to the problems and issues that you face and can become an extension of the in-house legal and HR teams. We are able to provide Ansons On Call which is our fixed fee retainer service if you require certainty of costs. Ansons On Call includes:
Protection of University Intellectual Property
Our team has experience in assisting Universities with the protection of its own Intellectual property rights in its branding and trade names and also with research and collaboration agreements and protection and exploiting rights.
Ansons also specialises in advising on disputes and litigation concerning:
Our specialist dispute resolution solicitors, based in our Staffordshire offices in Cannock and Lichfield, can provide expert legal advice on intellectual property disputes.
Property, Estates and Construction
We understand that commercial property matters need to be dealt with speedily. We are recognised for our prompt and efficient service and maintain good relationships with commercial property agents to ensure you benefit from a smooth transaction. Our business-like approach also focuses on offering pragmatic and commercial advice to help meet your overall objectives.
Our lawyers can help you with:
We are experienced in acquiring property for pension funds, charities and healthcare businesses and also from insolvent sellers. We have experience in green energy work such as photovoltaic leases, wind farms and bio digester developments. We also have full property and planning teams. Our dispute resolution team specialises in property disputes involving commercial property in particular:
The planning law team at Ansons acts on either side for planning authorities, landowners and property developers. Our intimate knowledge of both perspectives ensures that our clients benefit from our guidance in determining the best approach. Our services include: