Jennifer Blair - Education
Jennifer accepts instructions in education law matters, with a particular focus on school admission and exclusion appeals, including clerking school exclusion appeals.
Jennifer is able to provide specialist advice on the impact on education entitlements and funding due to an individual’s immigration status.
Jennifer has volunteered with both the National Autistic Society’s education work (with the family rights project helping to mentor and train parents) and the Matrix/City University School Exclusions Project (as a legal representative) and she has acted in a complex SENDIST case raising issues of capacity to litigate within the Tribunal system. Jennifer’s past practice in criminal law means she can provide detailed and practical advice on best practice for school investigations in potential exclusion cases.
In December 2014 Jennifer spent time working on South Africa’s first class action, which was on education law and teacher provision, while she was volunteering with the Legal Resources Centre in South Africa. She is experienced in applying international human rights standards in domestic law.
Jennifer has previously delivered training nationally for the No Recourse to Public Funds Network and the Women’s Resource Centre. She has worked as an MP’s caseworker and she is a founder of the Big Voice London youth legal project. She is prepared to take on pro bono work in appropriate cases. Jennifer previously undertook a contract of work at Coram Children’s Legal Centre’s Migrant Children Project funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation as a barrister/outreach adviser, which involved regular outreach work in school and locally-run children’s centres. Jennifer is currently working closely with charity Migrants Organise, providing legal advice and support to members of their mentoring programme, including their youth group. Jennifer has a particular interest in the rights of relevant and former relevant children, including asylum seeking children, as well as equalities issues.
EDUCATION AND AWARDS
Jennifer has a Masters degree in International Human Rights Law where she focused on international children’s rights, institutional sexism in detention and social justice in post-apartheid South Africa; she received a full scholarship from Birkbeck Law School. Jennifer received a distinction for the BPTC at City University, where she was awarded the City University Sibel Dedezade Pro Bono Award and an Alumni Award; she also received a Middle Temple Scholarship and exhibition. Her first degree was in Classics at the University of Cambridge.
Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association
Association of Lawyers for Animal Welfare
Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers