Faizul Azman summarises R (Gassa and another) v Richmond Independent Appeals Service and another: a new authority on school admissions which contains some interesting obiter observations on the effect of remittal to a new panel following a successful judicial review.
Faizul Azman accepts instructions on a broad range of education law matters.
Faizul has been involved and assisted counsel in 3PB’s highly respected Education Team including John Friel, Emma Waldron and Charlotte Hadfield. He assisted 3PB’s head of Education Law, Charlotte Hadfield, and her Junior Matthew Wyard in the Court of Appeal which was the first case to consider s.37 of the Children and Families Act 2014 (EHC Plans).
Faizul is also one of the barristers that 3PB has working closely with Ofsted. He was instructed to work on the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) and was involved with four of the Inquiry’s investigations. Following the conclusion of the Public Inquiry, Faizul continues to work with Ofsted. Please see Faizul’s public law profile.
Faizul also has experience in dealing with Disability Discrimination claims under the Equality Act 2010 having represented both claimants and respondents on multi-day trials in the Employment Tribunal and County Court. Please see Faizul’s employment law profile. He applies his knowledge and experience of discrimination disputes within education law matters.
- Advising on the merits of a breach of contract against an independent school following the government’s closure of schools due to Covid-19 and force majeure
- Drafting a response to an appeal regarding the refusal to issue an EHC Plan
- Represented a local authority at the First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) in a B and F Appeal, and successfully resisted 1:1 support being implemented into an EHC Plan
- Clerking in school admission appeals
- Represented parents at a school governors meeting following a complaint made against the headteacher and successfully challenged the school’s anti-bullying policy
Faizul has a growing reputation and has attracted repeat work from every solicitor and public organisation that has instructed him during his burgeoning career at the Bar.
Gassa & Anor, R (on the application of) v Richmond Independent Appeals Service & Anor  EWHC 957 (Admin) (22 April 2020)12th May 2020
“… I must say that he was excellent, and the help he provided assisted greatly in a positive result. His notes were excellent and his involvement during the hearing cross checking etc. under considerable pressure was well beyond that which you would expect from his level of qualification”
Partner, Regional Solicitors (Regulatory – disciplinary proceedings)
“A great result”
Solicitor (Employment – remedies hearing)
“Thank you for your counsel yesterday, [the client] is pleased with the outcome of the hearing”
Solicitor (Employment – final hearing)
“Notwithstanding the result, my clients were very impressed with Mr Azman”
“… Overall my experience of instructing Faizul has been very positive and I did seek to instruct him again, though he was unavailable on this occasion… I look forward to instructing him again”
Solicitor, Local Authority (Education – SEN Appeal)
“I wanted to let you know what a good job Faizul did Clerking the School appeals for us. He was always on time (no mean feat given the distance he travelled), prepared and ready for action… All in all the service he provided was excellent and I would have no qualms about using Faizul again, or recommending his services”
Local Authority (Education – School Admission Appeals)
- LLB (Hons) Law Accelerated Route – 2:1
- BPTC (The University of Law, London) – Very Competent
- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Scholarship, Major Award, Middle Temple
- Constitutional and Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)
- Employment Lawyers Association (ELA)
- Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA)
- Education Law Association (ELA)