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About Education Law Barristers | Education Law Barristers

A summary of our education law work appears below: Education Law Barristers

  • Members of Chambers have acted for numerous pupils and families in their appeals against the decisions taken by schools.
  • Members of Chambers undertake routine and specialist education law cases.
  • Chambers has particular expertise in school exclusions, appeals, and university disciplinary matters.
  • Chambers also defends teachers in regulatory law cases (GTCW / Teaching College) and in certain education law negligence claims.
  • Education Law Barristers welcome enquiries from members of the public and professionals, or can be instructed by a solicitor.

Contact us in confidence without obligation for details of our education law service on 0845 652 0451

Members of the public and professionals may now instruct a barrister directly to obtain legal advice or representation, or alternatively instruct a barrister via a solicitors firm, in relation to all education law matters.


About Education Law Barristers

Education Law BarristersEducation Law Barristers (ELB) offers an independent legal service for parents, students, schools, higher education colleges, teachers and Local Education Authorities (LEAs). ELB can provide advice and representation across a broad spectrum of education law. This ranges from school admissions and exclusions, special educational needs and disability discrimination in education, higher education appeals and complaints to the OIA, to representing teachers in disciplinary proceedings before the Teaching Agency ( formerly the GTC) and education negligence claims. Education Law Barristers provide an independent service that is not affiliated to any educational establishment, LEA or union.

Education Law Barristers are based in London but can offer representation at tribunal, panel or court hearings throughout England and Wales. The team at ELB is led by Paula Clements who has over 27 years’ experience at the Bar with 13 years’ experience practising as a barrister in Special Educational Needs and other areas of education law. The rest of the team Paul Moulder, Matthew Pascall, and our other barristers are also highly trained barristers who are experienced in advising and representing parents and local education authorities before the First Tier Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDT) and in the Upper Tier Tribunal, dealing with school admission and school exclusion appeals, higher education cases and professional disciplinary proceedings.

All of the lawyers at Education Law Barristers have in place professional indemnity insurance for all legal work undertaken and work to high regulatory standards.

Education Law Barristers (ELB) covers many areas of education law and has expertise in the areas set out below. The lawyers at ELB have particular expertise in the areas of Special educational needs and have advised and represented many parents through the appeal process to SENDT. Our lawyers also have good experience in representing local educational authorities (LEAs) at SENDT. All parents experience the school admissions process and many appeal the decision to refuse their child a place at their preferred choice of school. Education Law Barristers are experienced in dealing with school admission appeals and have attended appeal panel hearings all around the country. Our lawyers also advise and represent parents should their child be excluded from school. Members of the team have experience in training the independent panel members who sit on admission and exclusion appeal panels. ELB lawyers also have expertise in advising and representing students in relation to university and higher education issues, including academic appeals, and fitness to practice panels and making a compliant to the Office of Independent Adjudicator (OIA). ELB is used to providing legal services on wider education issues such as school fees, school transport and negligence in education.

Education Law Barristers is an independent commercial legal service.

We also give legal advice and assistance to parents and students who might have a unique legal problem that requires legal research and analysis in order for a remedy to be identified. Our lawyers are trained to undertake primary legal research.

Legal Services for Education Law problems

Education Law Barristers (ELB) provides a number of legal services to a broad range of clients including:

Independent legal advice and expert representation at all stages of the Special Educational Needs (SEN) process: statutory assessment of a child’s special educational needs, the Statement of Special Educational Needs, appeals to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDT), and appeals from SENDT to the Upper Tier Tribunal. Advice to parents on school admissions, and exclusions. Preparation for, and representation at appeals. Advice and assistance to lodge a complaint to the Schools Adjudicator. Independent legal advice and expert representation for teachers at all stages of the Teaching Agency fitness to practice process, or student teachers who are subject to fitness to practice procedures by the institution where they are studying. Practical guidance to schools on specific education law matters such as school bullying, exclusion policy and general contract law problems. Expert advice to higher education students who encounter problems with their course, or who face disciplinary, health or fitness to practice procedures. Representation before a variety of specialist panels and tribunals, and courts.

The areas of law ELB covers includes but is not limited to the following practice areas

  • Special Educational Needs

  • Appeals from SENDT decisions

  • School Admissions

  • Complaints to the School’s Adjudicator

  • School Exclusions

  • School Bullying

  • School Transport

  • School Closures

  • School fees

  • Negligence in education

  • Judicial Reviews of LEA decisions

  • Teaching Agency/ Teaching Council / Teacher College – fitness to practice FTP Legal Defence Services

  • Teacher Registration Applications and Appeals

  • Higher education academic appeals.

  • Higher education fitness to practice procedures.

  • Complaints to the Office of Independent Adjudicator in Higher Education OIA.

  • Civil law advice for higher education students.

  • Other legal advice for parents, students, schools, colleges or LEAs.

  • Malpractice investigations and appeals for higher education colleges and course providers.

Education Law BarristersEducation Law Barristers’ lawyers can offer valuable advice and sometimes find alternative remedies that are cost effective and avoid long protracted litigation. To discuss possible alternatives to litigation or to explore how Education Law Barristers might assist with your case or with a non-contentious project call us on : 0845 652 0451

Solicitors instructions are accepted on our standard terms. Direct Access Clients will be asked to sign a Client Care Letter.