Education Law

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)

Recommendations

Well known for her handling of SEN cases. She often acts for her clients in SEND tribunals at the First-tier and Upper levels, and is also regularly instructed to appear in judicial reviews. Her varied client list includes schools and academies, local authorities, parents and children.
Strengths: "She's able to grasp a case very quickly and is extremely good in conversation with clients." "She is an exceptional barrister in the area of SEN law. Her expertise means that she is able to secure positive outcomes for young people and their families which change their lives for the better. She is also an excellent advocate."
Recent work: Instructed in R (ota DJ and BW) v The Welsh Ministers, Career Wales and Cardiff City Council, an application for a judicial review of the Ministers' refusal to carry out an assessment of DJ's education needs.

Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2020/Education - Band 4

'A go-to barrister in the area of education law.’

Legal 500 2020/Leading Individual – Education

‘A well respected counsel.’

Legal 500 2018/19/Leading Individual – Education

‘A diplomatic advocate with great interpersonal skills.’

Legal 500 2017/Leading Individual – Education

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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.

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