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I qualified as a barrister in 1999 and have over 20 years’ experience. I specialised in criminal law for the first 6 years of my practice and have since specialised in education, regulatory and employment law. I therefore have an excellent understanding both of the regulatory/criminal law that governs regulatory proceedings, and of the persuasive advocacy required to achieve the best possible results. I’m also able to advise clients on associated legal action, e.g. judicial review in respect of publication decisions.

Legal Expertise

I’m passionate about education and enjoy a wide and varied practice covering the full spectrum of education law and related regulatory law. I’m regularly instructed on behalf of parents, young people, students, schools, academies, HE providers, local authorities, universities and Early Years and Child Care providers/practitioners.

My work includes:

  • SEND appeals (including National Trial cases)
  • Discrimination (including disability discrimination) claims in the FTT and County Court
  • Judicial review, including decisions relating to SEN provision under EHC Plans, education otherwise than at school, continuing healthcare assessments, social care assessments, unlawful exclusions
  • Governance issues in academies and free schools
  • School/parent relationships, including parent bans, internal complaints, protection from harassment
  • Admissions (lawfulness of admissions arrangements, compatibility of admissions arrangements with the Equality Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act)
  • Exclusion appeals
  • Legal action in respect of Ofsted and CQC reports (schools, care providers)
  • Appeals against cancellation of registration by Ofsted (Early Years and Child Care providers)
  • Contractual and tortious claims against education providers
  • Safeguarding, DBA (formerly CRB) issues
  • Internal academic appeals and fitness to practice hearings
  • NCTL proceedings
  • Disputes relating to school.

I’m instructed by claimants and respondents across the full spectrum of employment law and I have particular interest in employment cases in the education, health and care contexts.

I regularly advise on the following claims:

  • Unfair dismissal
  • Redundancy
  • Breach of contract/unlawful deductions
  • Working Time Regulations
  • TUPE
  • Discrimination
  • Whistleblowing
  • Equal Pay
  • Breach of Restrictive Covenants.

I’m frequently instructed in complex discrimination/detriment cases, and have extensive experience of cases involving direct/indirect discrimination and/or victimisation and harassment; whistleblowing, equal pay, and detriment to part-time workers. I also have a particular interest in TUPE cases.

I’ve represented clients charged with disciplinary offences before professional regulators and I have a particular insight into the operation of disciplinary panels thanks to my experience as a Legal Assessor for the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

The crossover between my education practice and my employment practice, means that I’m ideally placed to act in employment claims by teachers. I’ve also gained extensive experience of acting on behalf of local authorities, schools and teachers in employment claims.

In addition I’m also available to advise on the drafting and interpretation of contracts of employment.

In terms of public law I accept instructions in respect of all of the professional regulators, including teachers before the NCTL, regulated healthcare practitioners before the HCPC, GMC, GDC, GOC etc, and solicitors before the SDT.

I also act for students pursuing qualifications in the regulated sector, whether they are facing action from the external regulator, or internal disciplinary action from their course provider.

My recent cases include:

  • Representing a student nurse facing internal disciplinary action and removal from their nursing degree
  • Representing a solicitor accused by the SRA of misleading the court
  • Representing a solicitor accused by the SRA of failing to act with integrity and compromising client confidentiality
  • Representing a teacher accused by the NCTL of “grooming” a pupil
  • Representing a registered psychologist before the HCPC.

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