We provide clients across the education sector with bespoke real estate solutions. Our education specialists take a distinctly solution and results-focused approach. We deliver high-quality advice in customised and creative ways, applying our deep understanding of how the education sector works, to every matter.


Our purpose is to help our clients succeed. We understand that creating a sustainable built environment is a key priority for any educational establishment.

We want to help you develop facilities that attract students regionally, nationally and internationally, that support physical and virtual learning, the well-being of your students and benefit the wider local community.

Our work ranges from advising on real estate acquisition, funding strategic development and construction of new campuses; for new schools, lecture halls, specialist research areas and student accommodation.

We stand out for our firm-wide, multidisciplinary education sector expertise. With one of the largest, specialist real estate teams in the country, our education sector experts are drawn from this as well as from across our commercial, regulatory and litigation teams.

Featured experience

  • Acting for a Russell Group university on the development of a 400 bed student accommodation unit, through a joint venture arrangement.
  • Acting for a leading Northern university on the strategic acquisition of a recently developed city centre scheme (value c£80M) including complex due diligence on the construction aspects and negotiation of restrictions within the land transfer.
  • Acting for a North Eastern university on the acquisition of a decommissioning hospital site in order to facilitate strategic development and the procurement of a JV partner, together with advice on delivery of various phases through third party disposal and direct construction.
  • Acting for a large Lancashire college on the acquisition of a new £93m city centre campus, including the procurement of the professional team, construction contracts, title investigation and the completion of an option to acquire a large site of a leasehold basis.
  • Acting for a university in the north of England on the refurbishment of university buildings which form part of a city centre campus, advising on the procurement contract structure, timing and scenario planning for a variety of options.
  • Acting for a university on the negotiating and drafting of a suite of contracts relating to a multi-million three phase refurbishment of their science complex.
  • Acting for an independent school on the disposal of an existing site to a housebuilding consortium and the purchase of a new school site.
  • Acting for a leading northern university on the acquisition of buildings beyond the current campus, for associated projects critical to the continued evolution of the university, in a joint project with the city council.
  • Acting for a London university on the planning strategy for an extension, including a review of planning policy and the strength of heritage arguments.

What our clients say

  • The solicitors are attuned to our business requirements and the fast-changing market, with knowledge and information being readily shared to ensure we receive a consistently high level of service.

    Chambers UK 2023, Real Estate

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Who we are

Why choose DAC Beachcroft?

We’re a broad-based commercial firm serving a wide range of sectors with a strong heritage in insurance,
health and real estate. We combine excellent legal skills and cutting-edge delivery expertise to design
solutions that fit the needs of our clients – often involving clever uses of technology.