Education Law BarristerEducation Law Barrister
Called to the Bar 1985

Paula Clements practises in Education Law and Special Educational Needs Law

Barrister Paula Clements is a highly experienced lawyer in education law. Her legal practice includes legal challenges of decisions made by schools and other learning establishments. She leads a team of experienced education law barristers.

Paula Clements education law practice includes dealing with issues concerning education funding, special educational needs, exclusions from educational establishments, improper selection processes by schools, inappropriate and discriminatory conduct by teaching establishments, disciplinary issues, chastisement and punishments, cheating and plagiarism allegations, the regulation and discipline of teachers, and cases brought against parents for the non-attendance of their children at school.

Paula Clements acts in cases concerning publicly funded and privately funded schools, universities and other educational establishments. She acts for children, families, students, schools and other learning establishments.

ADMISSIONS AND EXCLUSIONS: Paula advises parents on issues relating to school admissions and school exclusions and represents them at Independent Appeal Panel hearings and Governors’ Review Meetings. She has advised and trained local authority panel members who sit on the Appeal Panels that adjudicate on admissions and exclusions. Paula has provided in-house training to schools on exclusion issues. She also advises on legal and non-legal approaches to school bullying.

Education law covers an extremely wide range of topics such as school bullying, school transport issues, fee disputes with private schools, educating a child at home and school closure. These are just a few of the areas where Paula has provided legal advice and assistance to parents, schools and local education authorities.

SENDIST: Paula is experienced in advising parents and local education authorities on issues relating to assessment of a pupil for a Statement of Special Educational Needs, and educational provision once a pupil has been statemented. She appears in the SENDIST Tribunal in both Disability Discrimination claims and SEN appeals.Claims handled include: the provision of aural aids for a pupil with SEN, disability discrimination in the refusal of a place on a school trip to a physically disabled pupil, and disability discrimination in examination conditions for an autistic spectrum pupil. She is a contributing author to Special Educational Needs and the Law (2nd edition) with Simon Oliver.

HIGHER EDUCATION: Paula provides advice on disciplinary and examination results disputes and internal appeals. Where permitted by the rules of the educational establishment she can provide assistance and representation at internal hearings and appeals. She also deals with Office of Independent Adjudicator (OIA) Complaints and Appeals.

GTCW (Wales) / NCTL (England): In tandem with her experience in professional regulatory work, legal help and representation can be provided to teachers who have been referred to the National College for Teaching and Leadership for Misconduct, and General Teaching Council of Wales (GTCW). Read More

Writing on Education Law: Paula is a contributor to the current Education volume of Atkins Court Forms. Paula Clements advises, writes and lectures on all aspects of education law.

Paula Clements is author of a leading book on educational law published by Jordans (2007) Special Educational Needs and the Law, along with co-author Simon Oliver.

Lead Barrister: Paula Clements is Head of Education Law at Education Law Barristers – a division of Alexander Barristers Chambers.

To contact Paula Clements, to discuss any aspect of Education Law, please call: 0845 652 0451