Bevan Brittan continues to invest in 2021 with the appointment of Rachel Soundy as a new Corporate Partner within its growing Higher Education Practice.

Higher Education specialist Rachel joins from Eversheds Sutherland, will be based in Bevan Brittan’s Birmingham office, and specialises in advising education institutions on mergers and acquisitions, joint venture arrangements, corporate structures, and constitutional and governance matters.

Rachel will add strength and depth to the firm, which recently secured a position on the London Universities Purchasing Consortium (LUPC) framework. This major appointment will enable Bevan Brittan to provide legal services to the wider higher education sector across the UK, where the firm already offers pragmatic legal advice to a growing number of universities and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

Ashley Norman, Partner and joint Head of the firm’s Higher Education Team, said: “Rachel’s appointment comes at a very exciting time for Bevan Brittan, when we are seeing excellent growth in our work with clients in the higher education sector. Being part of the LUPC framework will bring many exciting prospects and it is therefore great timing for us to enlist Rachel’s help and support on maximising these opportunities.

“We welcome Rachel to the team and look forward to tapping into her extensive sector knowledge and leveraging this across our national higher education client base.”

Duncan Weir, Managing Partner at Bevan Brittan, said: “As a firm we are continuing to focus and invest in particular emerging markets and by bringing in Rachel, and her wealth of Higher Education expertise, we will be able to support a broad service offering and help our clients navigate their way through the next and future academic years.”

With Rachel’s appointment, Bevan Brittan has seen eight new partners join in little more than 12 months, with two having moved to Bevan Brittan already in 2021. Experienced pensions lawyer Nigel Bolton joined the firm’s growing Employment, Pensions & Immigration practice in Leeds, while property finance expert Jessica Church arrived in April.

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