Alice de Coverley

Year of Call: 2014
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Telephone: 020 7583 8055

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Alice de Coverley has a busy civil practice. She undertakes work in a diverse range of areas at 3PB, including Education, Public and Regulatory, Property, Commercial and Personal Injury law.

Alice is currently instructed on a part-time secondment at the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted). She provides advisory and advocacy services, and liaises with Government Departments, such as the Department for Education and the Home Office, and external stakeholders on legal issues affecting Ofsted. The work includes advising on legislative changes, acting in the Care Standards Tribunal and assisting Ofsted in their core participant role at the IICSA (Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse). Alice is also a member of the Government Legal Department’s Junior Junior scheme.

Prior to joining 3PB, and whilst undertaking the BPTC part-time, Alice worked for two years at the Royal College of Nursing, as a Trade Union Advocate. She acted on behalf of nurses and health care assistants in a wide range of disciplinary and employment disputes. Before this, Alice worked as a paralegal at Lehman Brothers on the  insolvency litigation arising out of the administration.

Alice de Coverley is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. Please contact Alice for a copy of her privacy policy which sets out the basis upon which any personal data she may collect about you, or that is provided to her, will be processed by her. She will provide a copy of this policy to you within 2 working days of its request.


  • Education
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    Alice is particularly passionate about Education Law. Prior to commencing pupillage, Alice was the Chief Director of The School Exclusion Project for four years. This is an award-winning pro-bono unit dedicated to representing parents of permanently excluded school children.

    Alice is instructed to act and advise in relation to a broad range of Education Law matters, including:

    • Breach of contract and negligence claims involving education providers
    • School Exclusions
    • School Admissions
    • Appeals to the SEND Tribunal on the content of EHC Plans
    • Discrimination (particularly disability discrimination) claims in the FTT and County Court
    • Internal academic appeals / Fitness to Practice appeals
    • Appeals to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator

    Recent matters which Alice has been involved in include:

    •  Advising medical and nursing students in claims under the Equality Act where the University’s competency assessment standards conflicted with the duty to make reasonable adjustments.
    • Advising a Higher Education provider on their duties under the Equality Act when a student disclosed a previously unknown disability after examinations had taken place.
    • Advising in relation to negligence claims for failure to diagnose learning difficulties.
    • Advising in relation to breach of contract claims involving Independent Schools.
    • Advising parents of school pupils with disabilities who have been unlawfully permanently excluded.
    • Drafting funding applications to the European Human Rights Commission, to support client’s cases concerning discrimination in education.
    • Drafting submissions to the Health and Conduct Committee/Fitness to Practice Committee.
    • Appeals against Termination of Registration.
    • Drafting submissions to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator.

    Alice has also helped to create a number of BBC Radio 4 programmes about school exclusions.

    Whilst Alice was Chief Director of The School Exclusion Project, it featured in the press several times addressing unlawful exclusions – for instance.

    She is also a volunteer for the charity Inspiring the Future, which connects young people in state schools and colleges with those from the world of work. She has recently been part of their Inspiring Women campaign, mentoring girls from various schools to raise their aspirations and break down stereotypes.

    Alice is happy to provide training in relation to Education Law. Of late she provided training on school admissions appeals to Local Authorities, a talk on disability discrimination to a children’s charity and ran a seminar on school exclusions for solicitors. Please get in touch with her clerks should this be something you would wish to organize.

  • Personal Injury
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    Alice de Coverley appears in court on a daily basis, acting for both Claimants and Defendants in small claim track, fast-track and multi-track matters.

    Alice has considerable experience in conducting trials, applications and appeals. She appears in the County Court on a daily basis.

    She regularly advises on liability and quantum, and drafts statements of case in areas including:

    • Road Traffic Accidents
    • Fraudulent claims for Personal Injury (including occupancy, low velocity impact)
    • Credit Hire
    • Highways Act claims
    • Animal Act claims
    • Occupiers’ Liability
    • Employers’ Liability
    • Fatal Accidents
    • Defective Products
    • MOJ Portal Claims
    • CRU deductions
    • Infant Settlement Approval
    • Personal Injury claims involving Education Providers.

    Alice has significant experience in working with children with disabilities and special educational needs, having directed The School Exclusion Project for several years, which is of great assistance to her legal career.

    She also has a sound understanding of medical terminology and the healthcare industry, having worked as a Trade Union Representative for the Royal College of Nursing, representing nurses and healthcare assistants.

    Recent examples of cases Alice has been involved in include:

    • Advising and successfully representing Claimants and Defendants in fraudulent personal injury claims
    • Advising and successfully representing a child who fell from an unstable playground structure causing significant permanent facial scarring
    • Advising a Claimant in an abuse claim arising out of substandard supervision by teachers at a school
    • Advising and drafting pleadings in respect of a claimant who fell on water in a major supermarket
    • Successfully representing a claimant who was kicked by a horse under the Animals Act
    • Successful appeal on mitigation of loss in relation to a credit hire claim.
  • Commercial
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    Alice acts in a wide range of general contractual matters.

    She has experience in contracts regarding the sale of goods, supply of services, consumer credit and debt recovery actions. She regularly conducts claims involving issues such as agency, construction of contracts, misrepresentation and duress.

    Alice has particular experience and interest in representing builders, architects and construction workers.

    Alice has an extensive understanding of credit hire and subrogated claims on behalf of insurers, with an in depth knowledge of the relevant statutes and case law. She has recently conducted successful appeals in this area. She is happy to receive instructions in this area from both claimants and defendants.

    Alice also acts for petitioners and debtors in commercial and personal insolvency actions.

    Recent examples of cases Alice has been involved in include:

    • Successfully defending a claim against an Architect for unpaid fees on the basis of improper conduct in how the fee was calculated and the substandard way in which the works were performed
    • Successfully representing a joiner, in defending a claim for breach of contract in relation to extensive works done on the claimant’s doors and windows
    • Successfully representing a claimant, a nurse, at the County Court in the recovery of her unpaid wages from an employment contract.
  • Property and Estates
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    Alice has acted for clients in a diverse range of Property and Chancery matters in the County Court and High Court including:

    General Property

    • Landlord and Tenant (residential and commercial)
    • Easements and Boundary Disputes
    • Disrepair
    • Building disputes
    • Tenancy deposit disputes
    • Service charge disputes
    • Possession (including Adverse Possession)
    • Trespass
    • Nuisance.


    • Debt recovery
    • Charging Orders
    • Orders for Sale.


    • Winding Up Petitions

    Alice is keen to increase her instructions in this area.


    Recent examples of cases Alice has been involved in include:

    • Successfully defending a landlord, a charity, in a claim for specific performance of their obligations under a Lease
    • Successfully defending a claim against an Architect for unpaid fees on the basis of improper conduct in how the fee was calculated and the substandard way in which the works were performed
    • Successfully representing a joiner, in defending a claim for breach of contract in relation to extensive works done on the claimant’s doors and windows
    • Drafting pleadings in relation to property disrepair causing personal injury.


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“I thought I would pass on Mr C’s comments as to how much he appreciated your time on Friday and he said what a fantastic Barrister that you are. I thought you should know how much he thought of you.”

Academic qualifications

  • City Law School GDL (Commendation)
  • City Law School BPTC (Very Competent)
  • Durham University BA Hons Theology (2:1)


  • "Just Rights" Human Rights - the Big Voice Mooting Competition Champion, 2013, winning in the final at the Supreme Court
  • In 2012 the School Exclusion Project won the Bar Pro Bono Award
  • In 2014 the School Exclusion Project was runner up in the Attorney General LawWorks Pro Bono Awards for ‘Best Contribution by a Team of Students’.

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • Editorial Board Member of Counsel Magazine.

Professional bodies

  • Education Law Association (ELAS)
  • Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA)
  • Freehold Real Estate Networking Group

Direct Access

Alice de Coverley is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.

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