Alice deCoverley

Alice de Coverley

Year of Call: 2014
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Telephone: 020 7583 8055

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Alice acts in a wide range of contractual matters. She has particular experience and interest in contractual matters arising in the education and social care sector. In particular, she specialises in breach of contract claims involving independent/ private schools, local authorities, and universities. She also acts in claims involving the supply of paid services for disabled people.

She regularly advises education providers, parents, and students on contracts regarding the sale of goods, supply of services, school fees, debt recovery action, enforcement action, agency relationships, misrepresentation, and duress.

She can also advise on the interplay between breach of contract claims and public law matters, such as the relevance of the Equality Act 2010 to independent school disputes. She regularly assists in the drafting of settlement agreements with appropriate confidentiality and indemnity clauses, if so required.

Recent examples of cases Alice has been involved in include:

  • Successfully representing parents in claim for breach of contract against their child’s independent school
  • Successfully obtaining damages for a young person who was mistreated by his independent school and return of school fees for his parents
  • Successfully defending universities in applications to strike out claims for disability discrimination and/or breach of contract
  • Successfully defending a top university in a £1m breach of contract and negligence claim
  • Advising care providers on the recovery of unpaid fees from public authorities.
  • Recommendations

    “Thank you so much for fighting our corner so hard. [My child] is over the moon. You gave me hope where before I honestly had none.”

    “I spoke with my client last night and wanted to relay to you how pleased she was with yesterday. She could not praise you enough and said that you went above and beyond what she expected.”

    “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.”

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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

  • Attorney General’s Junior Junior panel
  • Editorial Board Member of Counsel Magazine.

Professional bodies

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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