A graduate in accountancy and law, much of Frank’s work is at the interface between public and private sectors.
In his early career he was involved in a number of government privatisations and then led project teams working in private finance initiative projects (particularly in the health and education sectors). He has been involved in other major government projects including providing advice to DfE in the development of its Academies and Free School programmes.
In the transport sector, Frank undertakes local transport advisory engagements including statutory partnerships between transport authorities and bus operators and smart ticketing projects.
Frank also has a specialist practice working with businesses in the rapidly emerging education technology sector. His education work extends into the skills sector with advisory engagements for training providers and employers under both levied and non levied apprenticeship funding arrangements.
Frank undertakes broader commercial work (including international trade) and has particular experience working with domestic appliance manufacturers and shopping centre and leisure complex managers meeting the specific requirements they have for legal advice.
Frank advises on a range of government procurements including advice in circumstances of non-compliance with EU procurement rules. He is an expert advisor in data protection and has supported a number of businesses in their GDPR compliance programmes. Frank is one of the UK’s first legal advisors to be focusing on the emerging EdTech Sector and is a sought after speaker at events in the sector
Expertise and experience: Frank’s clients include schools and academies and commercial businesses that support the education sector with products and services – increasingly delivering technological solutions. He is supporting a number of EdTech businesses, advising upon their terms and conditions of business, competition law, data protection and bidding for business under EU procurement rules.
- Data protection advice to a leading provider of AI learning platforms.
- No deal Brexit advice to an education service provider in relation to its contracts with schools in other EU member states.
- Advising an EdTech business in relation to its Early Adopter programme – developing terms and conditions of business and data protection provisions;
- Advising upon a potential challenge in a major public sector procurement exercise.
- Supporting a combined authority in relation to delivery of a major FE College expansion plan funded partially through the authority’s skills capital programme; supporting a business unit within a Higher Education institution in its “spin out” from University ownership.
- Advising EdTech businesses in outsourcing of product development, GDPR compliance and terms and conditions of business.
- Advising a Training Provider in relation to business structuring in the context of regulatory and funding requirements.
Expertise and experience: Frank continues to build upon his early experience in the sector advising in relation to both rail and local bus transport matters. He demonstrates a strong understanding of local transport legislation covering partnerships, vehicle licensing, service registration rules and recently implemented regulations covering open data and accessible service information.
- Advising in the development of Statutory Quality Partnerships under local transport legislation for two north of England transport authorities.
- Advising a national public transport group in commercial matters including smart ticketing, grant funding arrangements with State Aid implications and a business re-organisation involving the transfer of bus licences and regulatory requirements.
Expertise and experience: Frank provides advice to a range of clients relating to their commercial contracts and other requirements for advice associated with the distribution and sale of products and for retail and leisure providers their management responsibilities.
- Advising a major national shopping centre manager in a range of projects including facilities management contracts, security camera system procurement and installation and concession contracts.
- Advising an electrical appliance manufacturer in various matters within its UK business including terms and conditions of business (B2B and B2C), delivery logistics, appointments of consultants and commissioning of marketing campaign projects.
- Commercial Education Brief – Winter Edition 2024
- Commercial Education Brief – Autumn Edition 2023
- ZEBRA Funding Phase 2 – lessons learnt and considerations for bidders
- The Department for Transport has initiated a new ZEBRA funding round
- Commercial Education Brief – Summer 2023
- Commercial Education Brief – Spring 2023
- Commercial Education Brief – Winter 2023
- Commercial Education Brief – Autumn 2022
- World Tourism Day 2022: Transport Update – Overcoming recent challenges
- The Climate Change Committee Report 2022: EVs, EVCI and Buses – All aboard?
- What next for Enhanced Partnerships in Local Transport?
- The value of evidence in EdTech: The legal and financial implications for your business
- Commercial Education Brief – March 2022
- Freeths Sector Showcase
- Enhanced Partnerships for local bus services – the new DfT Timetable. So what happens next?
- Freeths Data Protection Update: Winter 2021
- Key Autumn Budget Announcements for the UK Rail and Bus Sectors
- Creating Enhanced Partnerships in Local Transport
- PFI handback in the education sector – transitioning out of a private finance arrangement effectively
- Freeths Data Protection Update: Summer 2021
- International data transfers: an update for education businesses
- Freeths supports leading private equity firm Mobeus Equity Partners’ investment in The Boundary
- Local Bus Services – Is an Enhanced Partnership your next destination?
- I watched it so you don’t have to… Public Accounts Committee: Managing the expiry of PFI contracts
- The cloud services that you use may well be compromising your GDPR compliance
- PFI Handback: Protecting your investment
- Commercial Education Brief – September 2020
- Artificial Intelligence in Education: addressing the tensions between innovation and privacy through guidance
- Preparing for PFI Handback – learning from the Scottish approach
- Freeths Advance Webinar: Protecting your business – Supplier contracts – 7th July
- Freeths’ advises V.Group on strategic partnership with, and sale of English language testing business to, Ocean Technologies Group
- Selling educational support tools to parents instead of schools
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