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For many years, we have been a leading set of chambers in the education sector.   Our specialist team is  highly ranked in both The Legal 500 and Chambers UK, and individuals within have acted in many of the most important cases in this sector in recent years.

The team is involved in the major issues and cases in the following areas:

This is an area of law where a personal rapport with the barrister is essential.  Our members put the client at the heart of their service, and are praised for their “practical and accessible advice”.

Who we act for

We act for local authorities, schools, colleges, universities and individuals.

Our areas of work include:

  • Contract disputes in particular involving independent schools and further and higher education corporations.
  • Disability discrimination, including the integration of disability law into SEN provision.
  • Employment in education and the specific rules relating to teachers, lecturers and support staff including professional disciplinary work and cases before the GTC.
  • Public law claims involving education provision, such as admissions, exclusions, attendance and transport.
  • Special educational needs, including appeals to the First-Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal.The organisation of education provision, including academy conversion, local authority governance and powers and the regulation of the education sector.
  • Ombudsman systems, including the Local Government Ombudsman and the OIA.

Members of the team also have extensive experience of the relationship between education provision and Children’s Services.

Contact us

If you need any assistance in any of these areas, please contact our Practice Management Team for the Public Law Division on +44 (0)20 7242 2523 or e-mail enquiries@hardwicke.co.uk.