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Tees Law

Work 01763 242257

Polly Kerr

Work 01763 295854
Tees Incorporating Wortley Byers

Work Department

Education Law and Litigation


Senior Associate


I joined Tees in 2007 as a trainee and I qualified as a solicitor in 2009 into the litigation department. I was made a Senior Associate in 2016. I have extensive litigation experience, advising in both commercial and civil disputes and, over the years, I have become an ardent education lawyer, assisting parents and schools in a multitude of education-related matters; both contentious and non-contentious.Being the only lawyer from a family of teachers, the highly specialist field of education law was a natural career progression for me. Examples of the kind of educational legal work I undertake includes Special Education Needs advice, including EHCP Appeals to the tribunal, discrimination (both bringing and defending claims), school admission appeals, school exclusion appeals, reputational and risk management (including defamation and harassment), changes to status of school, allegations of professional misconduct, policy drafting and public consultation, complaints to local authorities and OFSTED; safeguarding.

As a result of my experience in the practice of education law, I have been an associate member of the governing body of a lower school since 2010 and I have recently taken up the post of a Governor at a special school in Hertfordshire.

I am a regular contributor of articles to an education-centric publication in Essex and have previously had an article published in the Education Law Association's circular, following a case in which I successfully acted for a school in defending an application by local residents to register a playing field as a New Town or Village Green. I have delivered training to schools, local authorities and parents in relation to Special Educational Needs and the law in practice.




I am a member of the Education Law Association


LLB Law - De Montfort University (2002-2005); LPC College of Law, London (2005-2007)


My leisure activities largely centre around the differing needs of my 2 year old and 16 year old sons and their various sporting activities. When I do get some 'down time' I enjoy playing the piano and am currently learning to play the alto-saxophone (albeit it rather slowly!) I am also an avid baker and have recently learned about baking cakes using unlikely replacement ingredients to address my youngest son's various allergies.

South East: Public sector


Within: Education

Tees Law is 'a highly professional and competent outfit, with a justifiably growing reputation in the market for education work'. The practice's clients span a variety of player within the sector, including local authority maintained schools, voluntary aided schools, academies, and further and higher education institutions. It also acts for individuals on issues concerning access to education, particularly where special educational needs are involved. Senior associate and practice head Polly Kerr is 'a very creative lawyer who has an excellent knowledge of education law, a sharp eye for detail, and a noticeable commitment to her clients that goes above and beyond what is normally seen.'

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