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Ben Wood, Partner

Ben Wood

Partner

Practice areas

  • Employment law
  • Employment litigation and dispute resolution

Practice notes

Ben is a Partner in Eversheds Sutherland’s top ranked education team who is experienced in advising educational establishments on governance and employment matters.

Ben provides governance advice to further education and sixth form colleges nationally. Experience includes advising numerous colleges on changing constitutional documents. Ben has also advised a number of sixth form colleges on academy conversion. Day to day, Ben advises colleges on sensitive issues involving corporation members and senior postholders.

Ben is Eversheds Sutherland's national lead for academy work. He advised on some of the most contentious early academy projects. Experience includes providing complex TUPE advice in connection with conversions and outsourcing. Ben advises governors on boardroom disputes, relationships with funding bodies and senior staff issues. Academy clients include multi academy trusts, converters, UTCs and free schools. Ben regularly attends DfE academy lawyer meetings and is a school governor.

Ben edits Eversheds Sutherland’s unique commentaries on the instrument and articles of FE colleges and the articles of academies. He has published numerous articles on governance in the education sector.

Ben's work with higher education institutions spans providing advice on policy change, industrial relations, managing matters involving academic staff under University Statutes and Ordinances.

Ben is regularly involved in providing training for governors and senior managers of educational institutions covering a wide range of topics including: governance models, managing conflicts of interest, whistleblowing, misuse of social media, performance management and restructuring.

Ben has experience of representing education clients in employment tribunals over many years. His contentious workload includes unfair dismissal, whistleblowing and discrimination cases.

Client feedback:

"He is very clear, very straightforward and is very responsive when you have the need for instant advice." Chambers 2018

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