Emma Waldron reflects on the last 12 months of virtual hearings in the SEND Tribunal and looks at the many benefits as well as the disadvantages of the "new normal".
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:
- Disability Discrimination
- Educational Negligence
- Judicial Review
- Complex admissions arrangements and appeals
- Breach of Contract
- Debt Recovery
- Deprivation of Liberty (DOLS)
- Academic Appeals and Fitness to Practice
- Ofsted Appeals
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.
Virtual reality: I’m here live… I’m not a cat2nd Apr 2021
“Low arousal” environments examined by the Upper Tribunal21st Sep 2020
“Low arousal” environments examined by the Upper Tribunal
Emma Waldron reviews JI and SP v Hertfordshire County Council (SEN), in which the Upper Tribunal examined whether sufficient reasons had been given by the First Tier Tribunal for rejecting expert evidence and for finding that a school could provide a “low arousal environment”.
Has a broad practice encompassing a wide range of education matters. She offers expertise in special educational needs and discrimination issues, and is also able to advise on admission and exclusion appeals. She regularly represents universities, schools, academies and local authorities, as well as parents and young persons.
Strengths: "Her questioning of witnesses is really good - sensitive and to the point. Her written submissions are also really clear." "She has the ability to calm anxious clients and makes them understand why they are there and what the issues are."
Recent work: Represented Southampton City Council in an appeal against a decision by the First-tier Tribunal to refuse to name a particular specialist provision in a child's education health and care plan.
Chambers UK 2021/Education/ Up and coming/London (Bar)
‘Emma is our go-to counsel on contentious education matters; she is very knowledgeable and provides thorough, practical advice.’
Legal 500 2022/Education/Leading Junior/London Bar
‘Emma is an excellent advocate, very tenacious and has a high level of mental fortitude. She is passionate about the work she does and instils confidence in clients, even those who are anxious and vulnerable.’
"Emma Waldron successfully acting for Queen Mary, University of London in a discrimination claim."
Legal 500 2021/Education/Leading Individual
‘Does a very good job even in difficult circumstances.’
Legal 500 2020/Education/Leading Individual
- 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
- Education Law Association (ELAS)
- Member of the Association of Women Barristers
- Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA)
Emma Waldron is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public and professional clients under the Direct Public Access scheme.More Information