Charlotte Hadfield

Year of Call: 1999
Email Address: charlotte.hadfield@3pb.co.uk
Secure Email: charlotte.hadfield@3paper.cjsm.net
Telephone: 020 7583 8055

Download Full CV Add to CV Shortlist

How to use the Shortlist tool?

Overview

Charlotte Hadfield practises in commercial, employment, education and public and regulatory law.

She is regularly instructed on behalf of companies and individuals in the following types of claim:

Commercial

  • Fraud
  • Breach of fiduciary duty by directors and/or senior employees
  • Restrictive covenants and breaches of confidentiality (including the making or resisting of applications for injunctive relief)
  • Contractual disputes relating to bonuses
  • Partnership disputes
  • Disputes in the LLP context
  • TUPE cases, particularly those with an insolvency element
  • First Tier (Tax) Tribunal work in cases involving withheld VAT repayments/ MTIC/ goods or vehicles seized for non-payment of excise duty

Employment and discrimination (Respondent and Claimant work)

  • TUPE, particularly those with an insolvency element
  • Discrimination, whistleblowing and other detriment claims
  • Equal pay
  • Unfair dismissal
  • Redundancy
  • Working Time Regulations
  • Breach of contract/unlawful deductions
  • Professional discipline

Education

Charlotte enjoys a wide and varied education law practice covering the full spectrum of education law and related regulatory law.  Her expertise includes:

  • SEND appeals
  • Discrimination (including disability discrimination) claims in the FTT and County Court
  • Judicial review
  • Governance issues relating to academies and free schools
  • School/parent relationships, including parent bans, internal complaints, Protection from Harassment
  • Admissions (including infant class size appeals, lawfulness of admissions arrangements, compatibility of admissions arrangements with the Equality Act 2010 and Human Rights Act)
  • Exclusion appeals
  • Appeals by Early Years and Child Care providers and practitioners against cancellation of registration by Ofsted
  • Contractual and tortious claims against education providers
  • Issues relating to safeguarding, CRB, DBA disclosures
  • Internal academic appeals
  • NCTL proceedings (see also Charlotte’s Public and Regulatory profile)
  • School fee disputes
  • Employment Tribunal proceedings (see also Charlotte’s Employment profile)

For Charlotte's education law expertise please see her Education profile.

Public and Regulatory

For Charlotte's Public and Regulatory law expertise please see her separate profile.

Expertise

  • Education
    Add this expertise to your shortlist

    Charlotte is passionate about education and enjoys a wide and varied practice covering the full spectrum of education law and related regulatory law.  She is regularly instructed on behalf of parents, young people, students, schools, academies, HE providers, local authorities, universities and Early Years and Child Care providers/practitioners.

    Her work includes:

    • SEND appeals
    • Discrimination (including disability discrimination) claims in the FTT and County Court
    • Judicial reviews
    • Governance issues relating to academies and free schools
    • School/parent relationships, including parent bans, internal complaints, Protection from Harassment
    • Admissions (including infant class size appeals, lawfulness of admissions arrangements, compatibility of admissions arrangements with the Equality Act 2010 and Human Rights Act)
    • Exclusion appeals
    • Appeals by Early Years and Child Care providers and practitioners against cancellation of registration by Ofsted
    • Contractual and tortious claims against education providers
    • Issues relating to safeguarding, CRB, DBA disclosures
    • Internal academic appeals by university students
    • NCTL proceedings (see also Charlotte’s Public and Regulatory profile)
    • School fee disputes
    • Employment Tribunal proceedings (see also Charlotte’s Employment profile)

    Charlotte regularly provides training on education law to a variety of different audiences, including LEAs, solicitors, university student advisors, lay panel members and parents.

    Reported cases

    • Oxfordshire County Council v JL [2010] EWHC 798 (Admin)
    • SN v Nottinghamshire County Council [2014] UKUT 002 (AAC)
  • Employment and discrimination
    Add this expertise to your shortlist

    Charlotte accepts instructions from Claimants and Respondents across the full spectrum of employment law, including the following types of claim:

    • Breach of restrictive covenants
    • Whistleblowing and other detriment claims
    • Discrimination claims
    • TUPE, particularly those with an insolvency element
    • Equal pay
    • Unfair dismissal
    • Redundancy
    • Working Time Regulations
    • Breach of contract/unlawful deductions

    She is frequently instructed on behalf of both Respondents and Claimants in complex discrimination/detriment cases, and has extensive experience of cases involving direct/indirect discrimination and/or victimisation and harassment; whistleblowing, equal pay, and detriment to part-time workers.

    Charlotte has a particular interest in TUPE cases, especially those involving insolvency issues.

    Charlotte has also represented clients charged with disciplinary offences before professional regulators.  She has particular insight into the operation of disciplinary panels thanks to her experience as a Legal Assessor for the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

    The crossover between Charlotte’s education practice and her employment practice, means that she is ideally placed to act in employment claims by teachers.  She has extensive experience of acting on behalf of local authorities, schools and teachers in employment claims.

    On the non-contentious side, Charlotte is available to advise on the drafting and interpretation of contracts of employment, disciplinary and grievance procedures, and compromise agreements.

    Reported cases:

    • Morgan Motor Co Ltd v Morgan (2015) UKEAT/0128/15 (factors to be taken into account when considering an application for relief from sanction)
    • Harris v Academies Enterprise Trust [2015] IRLR 208 EAT (whether employment tribunals are bound by Mitchell case management principles)
    • Crystal Palace FC Ltd and Anor v Kavanagh & Ors [2014] IRLR 139 CA (whether an administrator can dismiss for an ETO reason)
  • Public and Regulatory
    Add this expertise to your shortlist

    Charlotte is an expert in all aspects of education law, and in disciplinary and regulatory proceedings.

    Education Law Team
    Charlotte is passionate about education and enjoys a wide and varied practice covering the full spectrum of education law and related regulatory law.  She is regularly instructed on behalf of parents, young people, students, schools, academies, HE providers, local authorities, universities and Early Years and Child Care providers/practitioners.

    Her work includes:

    • SEND appeals
    • Discrimination (including disability discrimination) claims in the FTT and County Court
    • Judicial reviews
    • Governance issues relating to academies and free schools
    • School/parent relationships, including parent bans, internal complaints, Protection from
    • Harassment
    • Admissions (including infant class size appeals, lawfulness of admissions arrangements, compatibility of admissions arrangements with the Equality Act 2010 and Human Rights Act)
    • Exclusion appeals
    • Appeals by Early Years and Child Care providers and practitioners against cancellation of registration by Ofsted
    • Contractual and tortious claims against education providers
    • Issues relating to safeguarding, CRB, DBA disclosures
    • Internal academic appeals by university students
    • NCTL proceedings
    • School fee disputes
    • Employment Tribunal proceedings (see also Charlotte’s Employment profile)

    Charlotte regularly provides training on education law to a variety of different audiences, including LEAs, solicitors, university student advisors, lay panel members and parents.

    Reported cases

    • Oxfordshire County Council v JL [2010] EWHC 798 (Admin)
    • SN v Nottinghamshire County Council [2014] UKUT 002 (AAC)

    Disciplinary and Regulatory Proceedings
    Charlotte accepts instructions in respect of all of the professional regulators, including solicitors before the SDT, teachers before the NCTL (and its predecessor the GTC), regulated healthcare practitioners before the HCPC, the GMC, GDC, GOC, etc.

    Charlotte also acts for students pursuing qualifications in the regulated sector, whether they are facing action from the external regulator, or internal disciplinary action from their course provider.

    Charlotte specialised in criminal law for the first 6 years of her practice and has since specialised in regulatory and employment law.  She has an excellent understanding both of the regulatory/criminal law that governs regulatory proceedings, and of the persuasive advocacy required to achieve the best possible result for her clients.  Charlotte is also able to advise clients on associated legal action, e.g. judicial review in respect of publication decisions.

    Recent work includes:

    • Representing a student nurse facing internal disciplinary action and removal from their nursing degree
    • Representing a solicitor accused by the SRA of misleading the court
    • Representing a solicitor accused by the SRA of failing to act with integrity and compromising client confidentiality
    • Representing a teacher accused by the NCTL of “grooming” a pupil
    • Representing a regulated therapist before the HCPC.

Academic qualifications

  • LLB (Hons)
  • LLM, London School of Economics

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • Accredited Mediation Advocate

Direct Access

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

More Information

News