Caroline has a growing practice in education law and is keen to further develop her interest in this field, in particular cases concerning special educational needs (‘SEN’).

Caroline’s relevant experience includes:

  • Advising the Department for Education regarding the potential termination of an Academy’s funding as a result of poor governance and failure to comply with the Independent School Standards (consideration of the Education (Independent School Standards) (England) Regulations 2010, in particular provisions relating to safeguarding and the need to promote community cohesion)
  • Representing a School before an Exclusion Appeal Panel (under the old regime)
  • Acting as a Clerk and legal advisor to Admission Appeal Panels in Oxford and Buckinghamshire, including advising on the implications of disability discrimination in the context of school admissions
  • Prosecutions for non-attendance under section 444 of the Education Act 1996

Whilst at the Public Law Project, Caroline’s education-related work included advising on the lawfulness of a University’s disciplinary scheme and the legality of a decision to close the last all-male state school in Hackney.

Caroline has also provided training to local authorities and Independent Review (formerly Appeal) Panel members on the subject of exclusion appeals, most recently in respect of the legislative changes which came into force in September 2012.

  • Publications
    • 21st Sep 2020

      Legislating in the time of Corona
      Caroline Stone examines the Administrative Court’s recent decision in R (Amber Shaw (a child, by her mother and litigation friend Deanne Shaw) and ABC (a child, by his mother and litigation friend XYZ) in which two disabled children with EHC plans challenged decisions made by the Secretary of State for Education regarding SEND provision during the height of the pandemic.

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    • 21st Sep 2020

      SEND provision beyond 24 September 2020 - a brewing storm?
      Caroline Stone examines the forthcoming changes to the SEND Regulations 2014.

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Academic qualifications

  • MA (Hons), Downing College, Cambridge
  • Bar Vocational Course, BPP Law School (9th in year of 300)


  • Pegasus Scholarship (South Africa, 2011)
  • Chrystal Macmillan Prize (Middle Temple) in recognition of BVC results (2005)
  • Queen Mother's Scholar (Major BVC Scholarship, Middle Temple) (2004)

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • Attorney-General's Junior Counsel to the Crown (B Panel)

Professional bodies

  • Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Human Rights Lawyers' Association
  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers' Association