Our 3PB education law team represents parents, pupils, schools and their governing bodies (both from the maintained and the independent sectors), academies, universities and colleges, NGOs including charities, students, teaching and academic staff and local authorities in education law. Barristers also specialise in other complementary areas of law, notably public law, personal injury, human rights, employment and discrimination and misconduct and compliance.
In relation to schools and academies, the team has particular expertise in Appeals to the first-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) (‘SEND Tribunal’) concerning statements of special education needs and education-related disability discrimination claims at all levels, including but not limited to SEND Tribunal proceedings and Independent Review Panel proceedings within the context of school exclusions. The team also handles Upper Tribunal Appeals arising from decisions of the SEND Tribunal.
The team routinely handles claims against schools and academies for all other forms of discrimination - for example in county court, employment tribunal proceedings and before specialist regulatory tribunals - and frequently advises and represents on school admissions and exclusion/reinstatement appeals before independent panels. The team has an outstanding record in judicial review proceedings arising from decisions of local authorities or independent panels.
Our casework increasingly covers advisory work and disputes arising from school complaints procedures, attendance issues, school closures and re-organisations as well as issues of governance and funding. Our barristers act on breach of contract claims concerning independent schools and education negligence claims and other damages claims arising at schools and academies.
We routinely accept direct access instructions from higher education and further education institutions, individuals and schools, academies and colleges/universities and are also able to provide legal assessors to advise and support independent lay panels dealing with a wide range of educational issues.
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John Friel Call: 1974
Lachlan Wilson Call: 1996
Charlotte Hadfield Call: 1999
Katherine Anderson Call: 2005
Caroline Stone Call: 2005
Sarah Bowen Call: 2006
Aimee Fox Call: 2007
Jennifer Agyekum Call: 2009
Emma Waldron Call: 2011
Matthew Wyard Call: 2014
Alice de Coverley Call: 2014
Naomi Webber Call: 2017
Faizul Azman Call: 2018
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Legal 500 2020
3PB has a 'strong education practice', where it 'offers a good choice of counsel'. Its members are 'efficient, friendly, and expert in their field'. Charlotte Hadfield acted for an interested party in an application for judicial review of a refusal to carry out an assessment of an individual's education needs. Aimee Fox successfully represented a local authority in a major judicial review on the application of section 19(1) of the Education Act 1996.
"The combined clerks’ room across the set’s six offices is a ‘well-oiled machine’."
Chambers UK 2020 - Band 3
3PB Barristers is noted for its expert handling of a wide range of education disputes. Its members act for a varied client list which includes governing bodies, schools, pupils, local authorities and parents. The team is called upon to act for and advise on matters arising across all levels of the education system, and offers expertise in special education needs, school exclusions and both pupil discipline and professional discipline matters.
The set's tenants are also regularly instructed in complex discrimination claims, and have experience appearing before the Court of Appeal, as well as the Upper Tribunal and the Administrative Court.
Client service: "The clerks are very efficient, helpful and quick to respond to queries." "The clerks offer a very good service. They're so responsive and ensure that instructions and papers get to counsel without delay." Chris Mitchell directs practice management at the set and is ably assisted by Tom Cox and Gemma Faulkner for Education work.
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