Barney Northover, VWV head of education, and Rupert Barclay, managing partner of Cairneagle

National law firm and education sector specialist VWV has acquired education-focused consultancy Cairneagle, EducationInvestor Global and sister publication NMT can reveal.

Cairneagle’s partners will retain equity in the business and continue to work exclusively for the company.

Following the deal, Cairneagle will keep its brand name and current London office and will become part of the VWV group of subsidiaries, which currently includes VWV Plus and Narrow Quay HR.

Cairneagle is a London-based consultancy focused on the education sector, delivering industry expertise, professional networks and sophisticated understanding of the sector challenges. The company was recognised as Education Investors’ “Strategy Consultancy of the year” for the fourth time in 2021.

Cairneagle managing partner, Rupert Barclay said: “We have long admired the reputation and in depth sector expertise of education colleagues at VWV. For Cairneagle, it is about moving to the next stage of growth with a firm with a similar entrepreneurial spirit as ours. The investment, synergy and shared infrastructure that this collaboration brings will benefit our clients, enabling us to meet their needs even better, and our people, ensuring we continue to grow, diversify and rise to new challenges. This is the beginning of a very exciting chapter for Cairneagle together with VWV.

VWV is a legal and business services provider in the education sector with an extensive school and university client base across the UK.

The acquisition of Cairneagle follows investments in other subsidiaries such as VWV Plus, which has developed online tools to promote and support the compliance and assurance requirements of education providers and other regulated businesses, and HR consultants, Narrow Quay HR.

Barney Northover, VWV head of education, commented: “We are delighted to be welcoming the Cairneagle team to the VWV ‘family’, having worked with them on joint projects for many years. This collaboration enhances both businesses, helping us to better support our clients in the education sector and its supporting ecosystem, where a deep expertise and understanding of the regulatory environment, challenges and growth opportunities gives us and our clients a competitive edge.”

Date Published: 16 May 2022

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