IPSEF Speakers

Ross Barfoot

Partner, Clyde & Co.

Ross is an English qualified corporate partner with over 16 years' experience. Ross leads the Clyde & Co global education team which comprises specialist lawyers across a range of disciplines including corporate, commercial, regulatory, dispute resolution, employment, intellectual property, technology, banking and finance, Islamic finance, construction and real estate. The global education practice provides joined-up commercial, pragmatic and innovative advice to education sector clients on all aspects of their business. The Clyde & Co global education team operates across the Clyde & Co global network of 47 offices, with a particular focus on the MENA region, Asia (from offices in Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore), Africa, India, Australia and the UK. The education team has been praised as being the "go to people in structuring and advising on international school partnerships" and acts for many leading names in the sector.

Ross regularly advises investors and international operators on education investments, market entry, international expansion, corporate and regulatory matters. Ross is based in the UAE but operates on a global level, supporting education clients on their international expansion. Ross is described as "showing a grasp of school start-ups and partnership agreements" (Legal 500 2016) and "a friend, philosopher and guide to educators" (Digital Learning Magazine 2016).