Alice de Coverley

Alice de Coverley

Call 2014

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Education Law

Alice joined Chambers in October 2016 following the successful completion of her pupillage. She has a broad civil practice with a growing focus on Education Law.

Alice has a particular interest and expertise in representing children and young people with mental health requirements and/or Special Educational Needs.

Alice is instructed to act and advise in relation to several aspects of Education Law including:

  • SEND appeals
  • Discrimination (including disability discrimination) claims in the FTT and County Court
  • Admissions Appeals
  • Exclusion Appeals (permanent and fixed term)
  • Breach of contract and negligence claims involving Education providers
  • Truancy

Prior to commencing pupillage, Alice was the Chief Director of The School Exclusion Project. This is an award-winning pro-bono unit dedicated to representing parents of permanently excluded school children.

She is also a volunteer for the charity Inspiring the Future, which connects young people in state schools and colleges with those from the world of work. She has recently been part of the Inspiring Women campaign, working with girls to raise aspirations and break down stereotypes.

Alice is keen to increase her instructions in this area, particularly when coupled with property/commercial law-related matters.

She is also happy to discuss taking education matters on a reduced or pro bono basis for those on limited income.

Academic Qualifications

  • City Law School GDL (Commendation)
  • City Law School BPTC (Very Competent)
  • Durham University BA Hons Theology (2:1)


  • "Just Rights" Human Rights - the Big Voice Mooting Competition Champion, 2013, winning in the final at the Supreme Court.
  • In 2012 the School Exclusion Project won the Bar Pro Bono Award.
  • In 2014 the School Exclusion Project was runner up in the Attorney General LawWorks Pro Bono Awards for ‘Best Contribution by a Team of Students’.

Professional Qualifications and Appointments

  • Editorial Board Member of Counsel Magazine

Professional Bodies

  • Education Law Association (ELAS)