Emma Waldron

Year of Call: 2011
Email Address: emma.waldron@3pb.co.uk
Telephone: 020 7583 8055

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Emma is regularly instructed on behalf of parents, young persons, independent schools, academies, charities, local authorities and universities advising on all aspects of Education Law.

Emma regularly works in the following areas of Education Law:

  • SEND
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Educational Negligence
  • Judicial Review
  • Complex admissions arrangements and appeals
  • Exclusions
  • Breach of Contract
  • Debt Recovery
  • Deprivation of Liberty (DOLS)
  • Academic Appeals and Fitness to Practice
  • Ofsted Appeals
  • Safeguarding

Within Emma’s practice, she has been instructed on a number of cases on the National Trial involving complex social and health care issues. In a recent B, F and I appeal, Emma successfully negotiated a settlement at the door of the court which lead to a local authority naming a 38-week placement at a specialist Independent school.

As a former Teaching Assistant and Governor at a Maintained Special School for children with severe profound and multiple learning difficulties, Emma has a strong interest in matters within the SEND field.

Emma also has extensive experience in providing training to Schools and Expert witnesses on Ofsted Appeals. In her practice, she has advised numerous clients on challenging Ofsted decisions. Most recently, she advised a nursery school manager whose provision was faced with imminent closure. The case comprised complex legal argument and the provision of sensitive advice to a client who was under a huge amount of pressure (her livelihood and future career prospects being at stake).

Latterly, Emma has been instructed by one of the most prestigious universities in the country to act on a Disability Discrimination claim. She has found that her commitment and passion for working with universities across the country to offer them clear and commercial advice has been very well received.

Emma has significant experience in dealing with Disability Discrimination claims both in the FTT and County Court and has recently held training sessions and lectures on this subject. Emma is passionate about passing on her vast knowledge and experience within this sector and openly attracts the opportunity to host training days and lectures to a number of our clients.


‘Does a very good job even in difficult circumstances.’
Legal 500 2020/Leading Individual – Education

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Academic qualifications

  • BPTC (BPP Law School, 2010-2011) – Outstanding
  • GDL (BPP Law School, 2009-2010)
  • BA (Hons) Politics (St Chad’s College, University of Durham)


  • Harmsworth and Astbury Scholar, Middle Temple
  • Certificate of Honour, Middle Temple
  • Ian Graham Award for outstanding contribution to student life, University of Durham

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • ADR Group Accredited Mediator

Professional bodies

  • Education Law Association (ELAS)
  • Member of the Association of Women Barristers
  • Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA)

Direct Access

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

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