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Match Solicitors is headed by Ms Anita Chopra and Ms Salima Mawji (the directors), both of whom are considered leaders in the field. Both appear in the Legal Experts directory. Anita is a specialist in education law for the child, and Salima specialises in further and higher education. Both directors are renowned experts in education law.
The firm: Match Solicitors specialises in education law, with the directors undertaking work in all aspects of the field, primarily from the child and student perspective, although the firm has occasionally represented schools and universities. The firm’s reputation in this area continues to go from strength to strength and it entered The Legal 500 as a recommended law firm for education less than two years after its inception. Four years after inception the firm entered tier one of The Legal 500. This achievement reflects the directors’ strength in this area, as well as the passion and vigour with which they drive the firm. Now in its 11th year, the success rate achieved for its clients continues to grow. The vast majority of cases do not end in court as the key objective is to settle matters favourably for the client. The firm, as a ‘boutique’ practice, continues to hold a highly regarded reputation within the field of education law and has enjoyed a continued steady flow of private clients, assisting the firm’s growth as a whole. The firm is a true contender among its competitors as it continues its uniqueness of offering advice on the entire spectrum of education law (one of very few if not the only one), distinguishing it from any other practice. Indeed this is shown by the referrals the firm receives from its competitors and other practices. Further, the firm’s higher education department was one of the first of its kind to provide an excellent service to students in recognition of a growing trend of complaints against universities.
The directors and lawyers within the firm have a reputation as being ‘bright’ lawyers delivering an outstanding service alongside excellent results. As an objective example of this, the directors have been identified by the national media as the voice for education lawyers, acting for children, parents and students in the further and higher education sector. Over the years they have appeared on BBC Breakfast, BBC Solent, Sunrise TV, Teachers TV, ITV London Tonight, BBC Tees, Radio 5 Live, LBC, BBC Asian Network and BBC Panorama and have been quoted in almost all national newspapers, including The Times, The Telegraph and The Guardian, on live education issues. They have written a weekly column in The Times Educational Supplement regarding key education issues and contribute regularly to The Solicitors Journal. Anita has been asked to present at a number of conferences and Salima has presented at the annual NUS conference. Salima also worked closely with Hardcash Productions on the Exposure programme, uncovering rogue colleges.
The team continues to work passionately and tirelessly to maintain a high-quality service for its clients and achieve outstanding results. The firm continues to enjoy a thriving practice and has achieved a great deal in a short space of time. Over the years, it has helped thousands of parents and students achieve the best possible outcome more often than not, without recourse to the courts. 10% of the firm’s annual turnover is dedicated to pro bono work.
The firm continues to execute its strategic plan for growth and expansion with the opening of a branch office in Birmingham, as well as the addition of highly experienced education lawyers joining the team. It has built an excellent reputation for service to its clients and continues to develop the key areas on which it currently focuses. The directors are ambitious and continue to create a thriving education practice with a resounding reputation for quality of work, service to the client and uncompromising excellence.
Types of work undertaken: The firm’s work spans the spectrum of education-related issues, including exclusions, admissions, special educational needs, discrimination, bullying, complaints, appeals and applications to the High Court, assisting teachers with employment-related issues in challenging applications to the NCTL, all university and college-related issues, complaints to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator, breach of contract, negligence and general civil litigation claims.
Other offices: Birmingham
Breakdown of work %Education 75
Civil litigation 10
Public law 10
Number of UK directors 2
Number of other UK fee-earners 6 (1 as trainee)
Above material supplied by Match Solicitors.