3PB Direct

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have been recognised as a leading employment junior and most recently in the Legal 500 Directory – Employment 2018, ‘An excellent practitioner with outstanding advocacy.’

Legal Expertise

I accept instructions on behalf of parents, young persons, schools, academies, local authorities and Universities to advise on all aspects of education law including (but not limited to):

  • SEND
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Negligence within schools, including claims for inadequate educational provision
  • Bullying claims
  • Admissions Appeals
  • Complex Admission Arrangements
  • School Transportation
  • Exclusion Appeals
  • Breach of contract claims against fee-paying schools and Universities (including claims for misrepresentation)
  • Claims for unpaid fees
  • Academic appeals
  • Discrimination.

I also have a specialist discrimination practice and accept instructions in all areas e.g. education, employment and service provision. As a result, I have significant experience of claims brought under the Equality Act 2010 for disability, sex, age, sexual orientation and gender reassignment discrimination, harassment and victimisation. Recently, I’ve accepted instructions on several complex disability discrimination claims involving universities including the Universities of Durham and Manchester.

I act for both defendants, SMEs and claimant and staff at all stages of the litigation process, including providing pre-litigation advice on matters such as:

  • Performance and capability management
  • Disciplinaries and grievances (including collective grievances)
  • TUPE and restructuring exercises
  • Variation and harmonisation of contractual terms
  • Occupational health and disability issues (such as reasonable adjustments or capability issues)
  • Whistleblowing complaints and procedures; reasonable adjustments for disabled employees
  • Enforceability of restrictive covenants such as non-compete or confidentiality clauses and injunctions.

I act on behalf of employers, claimants, employees and staff nationally. I represent and advise a broad range of clients, including government departments, FT500 Companies, the police force, local authorities, the NHS, civil service and educational institutions.

I have acted for an against a wide range of global companies, charities, schools, colleges, care homes, banks, insurers, supermarkets, GP and dental practices.

I have developed a particular specialism in discrimination complaints in respect of all protected characteristics and have developed a discrete specialism in the context of the education sector.

It can be difficult to decide whether you need a barrister. Therefore, I offer a free initial 30 minute telephone call to prospective clients subject to my availability and pre-arrangement with my Practice Director. Please note that the purposes of this call will be to clarify your requirements and will not be for the provision of legal advice.

Every client I represent is provided with a bespoke and adapted approach so as to meet their needs. I understand that often you will need someone to cut through the jargon and complexity of the law. I will personally help you to achieve the best possible outcome.

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