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Chambers & Partners

Education Law

The education law team at Old Square Chambers provides expert advice and representation in all types of education dispute. Our expertise in education law overlaps with our strengths in complementary areas of law such as employment and discrimination law, human rights, public law and professional discipline. We have an in-depth knowledge of the education sector and the challenges in the education world, and we have an appreciation of the specific needs of our clients.

We appear in all courts, tribunals and internal panels where education issues arise, from the First-Tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) to the Supreme Court.

We act for a wide variety of clients, including universities, colleges, independent schools, maintained schools, and local authorities, as well as parents, pupils, university students, teaching unions, and education professionals such as professors, lecturers, headteachers and teachers. We accept instructions on a direct access basis.

Among our education law team we count QCs, barristers ranked in the legal directories as leading individuals in education law and related areas of law, a director of the Education Law Association, panel counsel for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, members of the Attorney-General’s Panel of Counsel, mediators, legal assessors, a Chair of Independent Appeal Panels for school admission appeals, and a Chair of Independent Review Panels for school exclusion reviews.

Our expertise includes:

  • Admissions and exclusions
  • Breach of contract claims
  • Discrimination on grounds of disability, race, religion or belief, gender reassignment, sex, and sexual orientation
  • Educational negligence claims
  • Employment issues in schools and universities
  • Examination disputes
  • Fitness to practise cases in relation to medical students and nursing students
  • Human rights
  • Independent schools
  • Judicial reviews involving local authorities
  • Local authorities’ duties
  • Parental complaints
  • Safeguarding
  • School funding
  • School governance
  • School transport
  • Special Educational Needs disputes
  • Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) proceedings for teachers in England and Education Workforce Council (EWC) proceedings for teachers in Wales
  • University internal procedures, including appeals

Key contacts

Graham Smith

Deputy Senior Clerk
Graham Smith 020 7269 0357 Email

Paul Adams

Senior Team Leader
Paul Adams 020 7269 0305 Email

Lee Jennings

Junior Team Leader
Lee Jennings 0207 269 0303 Email
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Out of hours

William Meade (Senior Clerk)

07970 649 755

or

Graham Smith (Deputy Senior Clerk)

07795 023 532