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Education

No5 Barristers’ Chambers is renowned for the provision of expert advice and representation in educational matters. An experienced team of barristers assists parents and pupils, as well as charities, governing bodies of schools, colleges, multi-academy trusts, universities and Local Authorities. The work we do is both in the state-maintained and independent sectors. Our team’s expertise overlaps with our strengths in public law, human rights, employment and misconduct and compliance.

Members of our team have, for example, been involved in the establishment and operation of academies and free schools, reinstatement of excluded pupils, the jurisdiction of the First-tier Tribunal, university exclusions and judicial review challenges the contents of EHCPs and the inclusion into the mainstream of pupils with SEND.

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Our team’s wide-ranging expertise includes:

  • Special Educational Needs and Disability, including:
    • Appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (formerly Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal)
    • Appeals from the FTT to the Upper Tribunal (formerly High Court) and above
    • Judicial review challenges to compel delivery of provision in an EHCP
  • Discrimination cases in both the First-tier Tribunal and the County Court involving allegations of discrimination on grounds of disability, sex, race, sexual identity or religion throughout the education system.
  • Disciplinary matters, including;
    • Exclusions from schools, colleges and universities
    • Judicial review challenges to decisions of governing bodies and Independent Review Panels
  • Admissions, including;
    • Judicial review and discrimination challenges to admissions criteria
    • Challenges to individual decisions of Admissions Appeal Panels
  • School closures and school re-organisations, including in relation to academies and free schools
  • Employment questions that are specific to the education field in both maintained and independent schools
  • Educational negligence and other damages claims
  • Qualifications Bodies, for example, Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual),European Qualifications Framework (EQF), Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS), Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA)
  • Governance and funding.

The team accepts direct access instructions and are also able to provide legal assessors to advise and support independent lay panels dealing with a wide range of educational issues.

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For more information:


Education Barristers

Keri Tayler

Call 1995

Philip Dayle

Call 2012

Avril Rushe

Call 2017

Kawsar Zaman

Call 2018

Serena Sekhon

Call 2021

Tutku Bektas

Call 2018

Mirren Gidda

Call 2023

Crime

Education Clerks

Abdul Hafeez

Practice Director, Immigration & Public Law

Lucas Bennett

Practice Manager, Immigration & Public Law

Jordan Lloyd

Immigration & Public Law Clerk

Emily Johnston

Immigration & Public Law Clerk

Isabella Taylor

Immigration & Public Law Clerk

Hannah Muxlow

Immigration & Public Law Clerk

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Abdul Hafeez

Practice Director, Immigration & Public Law

abdulh@no5.com

07957 403805

Lucas Bennett

Practice Manager, Immigration & Public Law

lucasb@no5.com

Jordan Lloyd

Immigration & Public Law Clerk

jordanl@no5.com

Emily Johnston

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emilyj@no5.com

Isabella Taylor

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isabellat@no5.com

Hannah Muxlow

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