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  1. Education - Leading sets
  2. Education – Leading silks
  3. Education – 2017 silks
  4. Education – 2018 silks
  5. Education – Leading juniors

Education - Leading sets

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Education – Leading silks

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Education – 2017 silks

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    • Jonathan Moffett QC - 11KBW β€˜Combines the perfect blend of razor-sharp intellect, strategic oversight and excellent client skills.’
    • Fiona Scolding QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜She is brilliant – incredibly persuasive, a scarily good (but incredibly nice) opponent.’

Education – 2018 silks

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Education – Leading juniors

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    • Jonathan Auburn - 11KBW β€˜An excellent lawyer with lots of local authority experience.’
    • John Friel - 3PB β€˜Handles a huge range of special educational needs cases.’
    • Paul Greatorex - 11KBW β€˜One of his strengths is that he is able to read the court, and tailor his submissions accordingly.’
    • David Lawson - Serjeants' Inn Chambers β€˜He is very thorough and examines every angle of a case; his client care skills are excellent.’
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    • Joanne Clement - 11KBW β€˜Her knowledge of court practice enables her to provide pragmatic and practical advice.’
    • Tom Cross - 11KBW β€˜He is very easy to work with and personable, clients love him.’
    • Aileen McColgan - 11KBW β€˜She is calm, dependable and sensible and is wonderful on women's rights.’
    • Holly Stout - 11KBW β€˜She has the ability to dissect complex legal arguments and explain them in layman terms.’
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11KBW is β€˜the go-to set for education and public law’. Members represent clients from schools, universities and pupils to local authorities, examination boards and teachers. Clive Sheldon QC acted for the respondent in the Supreme Court case of Isle of Wight v John Platt, which considered whether it is lawful to penalise parents for taking children out of school during term time. Members have also advised universities on various commercial and building projects.

Matrix Chambers is β€˜a leader in the field of education law and offers real strength in depth’. Members act for parents, pupils, schools, universities, local authorities and statutory bodies. Helen Mountfield QC and Sarah Hannett acted for the regulator in R v Ofsted in a successful appeal which established that gender segregation in schools without express statutory authority constitutes direct sex discrimination. Sarah Hannett also acted for parents in R (AA) v Governing Body of St Olave’s Grammar where children were excluded from school because they were not on track to get three grade Bs in their A levels. The case settled and led to the Secretary of State for Education issuing a statement making it clear the practice was unlawful.

Blackstone Chambers β€˜has amazing strength in depth in public law’. It acts for a wide range of schools and other educational institutions, as well as the Secretary of State on varied matters, such as in R v Secretary of State for Education where Catherine Callaghan QC successfully resisted a threatened judicial review challenge to a decision approving the expansion of Weald of Kent Grammar School; the claimant group had argued the expansion onto a satellite site in Sevenoaks was in fact the creation of a new grammar school.

When it comes to education law, 39 Essex Chambers β€˜is a great set’ that β€˜is able to offer counsel with a variety of specialties and experience’. It handles judicial reviews, negligence, discrimination and contractual matters on behalf of students, their families and teachers, as well as local authorities. Members have expertise in cases of academic exclusion, discrimination or alleged misconduct. In Wallace v Secretary of State for Education Rory Dunlop acted for the Secretary of State in a successful appeal by a former β€˜super head’ who was prohibited from teaching for life due to awarding high-value contracts to his ex-partner’s company without disclosing this to the governors.

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