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Birmingham firm targets South East clients with employment and administrative specialist
Martineau Johnson is strengthening its national education practice with the appointment of employment and administrative law partner Rachel Woolf. Woolf moves from Lawfords where she was a consultant. She will cover issues such as equal pay, student complaints and appeals and the implications of the Human Rights Act. Woolf said: "The move to Martineau will allow me to develop my career. I wanted to move into a firm where I could specialise in education law, and Martineau has a high-profile national education team that provides legal services to universities and colleges of further education." She added: "Some clients have chosen to come with me." Woolf will be based in London but will work closely with the Birmingham-based education team, led by Nicola Hart. Hart first became aware of Woolf after seeing her speak at a conference. "I wanted someone with good experience and credibility with the universities to kick off our effort in London and the South East," said Hart. The firm has a small London presence focusing on banking and finance, and it hopes that Woolf will help it get closer to clients in the South East. "Rachel is an expert adviser in staff, student and constitutional issues, equal opportunities, policies and procedures, and a leading speaker at higher education sector conferences and training events," said Hart. Woolf was also attracted to Martineau by the flexible working hours. Hart, together with Paul Pharaoh, contributed to the second edition of Higher Education and the Law: A Guide for Managers.