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.
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:
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:
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:
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