Dai Durbridge, Partner, Browne Jacobson
Dai is an expert education lawyer at Browne Jacobson and heads up the North West team based in their Manchester office. Dai advises schools, academies and MATs on frontline education matters, including school admissions and exclusions, parental complaints, GDPR and all safeguarding issues. As well as supporting schools with everyday safeguarding issues – positive DBS disclosures, overseas checks, parental consent, school-wide compliance and safeguarding culture – Dai also manages complex safeguarding issues for schools, such as serious allegations against staff and pupil fatalities, and also supports schools with the press interest that flows from those issues and implementing post incident action plans to learn from those experiences. Dai also carries our MAT safeguarding audits to support Trusts with improving safeguarding practices at each academy and developing consistent approaches and structures that support best practice trust-wide safeguarding.
Dai is a recognised expert in GDPR and data protection for schools, supporting schools with all aspects of data protection support including policy drafting, staff training, culture change, subject access requests and managing personal data breaches. He has devised and delivered DPO training to over 400 school DPOs to prepare them for their role and offers ongoing support to continue their learning.