Joint ventures, partnering and collaboration agreements

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Education

As more and more universities and private colleges join forces to attract students – particularly from overseas – it is becoming increasingly important to have expertly drafted agreements to cover the new arrangements. These agreements need to encapsulate commercial and academic aspects, as well as compliance with the immigration rules.

Our commercial team specialises in drafting a range of agreements for HE and FE establishments as they seek new partners to develop market opportunities. These include branch, partner and campus agreements, as well as operational agreements, which can help our clients secure Home Office approval of the proposed arrangement.

The Home Office's close monitoring of Tier 4 compliance puts pressure on universities and colleges. Their terms and conditions should allow them to terminate the enrolment of any student who puts at risk their highly trusted sponsor status and/or sponsor licence.

Our team has extensive experience of reviewing and redrafting student terms and conditions for private colleges and universities to help protect against student claims. In addition, we check that terms and conditions comply with the laws on distance selling and consumer protection.

Stricter regulation is also creating more demand from our education clients for contracts for work placements and internships.

We offer expert advice on:

  • branch, partner, campus and operational agreements
  • student terms and conditions
  • work placement contracts
  • distance learning agreements

Recent work highlights

Operational agreements

Advising on operational agreements between private colleges and universities and contracts with international students and providers of internships.


Agreement to provide London campus

Acting on behalf of a private college provider who entered into an agreement with a university to become their London campus.


Advice on work placement agreements

Advising a Tier 4 Sponsor and preparing work placement agreements for their international intermediate students ensuring compliance with Tier 4 requirements.

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Penningtons Manches LLP

Penningtons Manches LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. San Francisco is an associated office.

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