The Education Law Team is a niche aspect of the 3PB Public and Regulatory Group. Members of the team represent parents, pupils, schools, academies, institutes of further and higher education, students, teaching and academic staff and local authorities in a variety of education law matters. Members of the Team also specialise in other complementary areas of law, in particular personal injury, employment and discrimination.
The Team is led by Lachlan Wilson, who is recognised by Legal 500 Directory 2013/14 as being an expert in the field. Instructions can be received by some members of the Team on a direct access basis. For more information please follow this link.
Members of the team are available to provide training and workshops on new developments in education law, and have done so in the past for local authority and solicitor clients.
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.
- Education related disability discrimination claims at all levels, including but not limited to SEND Tribunal proceedings and Independent Review Panel proceedings (‘IRP’) within the context of school exclusions.
- Upper Tribunal appeals arising from decisions of the SEND Tribunal.
- Claims concerning all other forms of discrimination, for example in county court and employment tribunal proceedings.
- Representation at school admissions and exclusion appeals before independent panels.
- Advice and representation regarding judicial review proceedings, for example arising from decisions of local authorities or independent panels.
- Human rights.
- School complaints procedures.
- School attendance.
- School transport.
- Breach of contract claims concerning independent schools.
- Negligence claims arising within an education context.
- Representing and advising schools and teaching staff in employment tribunal proceedings.
Members of the Team also have expertise in the areas of further and higher education, for example:
- Representing students and universities in judicial review proceedings.
- Providing advisory and drafting services for students in relation to appeals to the Office for the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (‘OIA’).
- Providing advice and representation for students in internal university academic appeal hearings.
- Breach of contract claims concerning universities.
- All forms of discrimination and equality issues.
- Representing both academic institutions and academic staff in employment tribunal proceedings.
All enquiries should be made to Tom Cox, our education law team's Practice Manager.