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  1. Education – Leading sets
  2. Education – Leading silks
  3. Education – 2016 silks
  4. Education – 2017 silks
  5. Education – Leading juniors

Education – Leading sets

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Education – Leading silks

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Education – 2016 silks

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Education – 2017 silks

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    • Jonathan Moffett QC - 11KBW β€˜Detailed, analytical, pragmatic and very solid on the law.’
    • Fiona Scolding QC - Landmark Chambers β€˜Incredibly persuasive and a frighteningly good opponent, who is exceptional with difficult clients.’

Education – Leading juniors

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    • Sarah Hannett - Matrix Chambers β€˜One of the best in the field as well as extremely client-friendly and thorough.’
    • Oliver Hyams - Devereux β€˜A highly sought-after junior, who is worth every penny in the most challenging cases.’
    • Clive Rawlings - Doughty Street Chambers β€˜A tough negotiator with second-to-none knowledge, who achieves outstanding results.’
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    • Joanne Clement - 11KBW β€˜An established, reliable and experienced barrister, who provides pragmatic solutions.’
    • Tom Cross - 11KBW β€˜His reliable advice is informed by his excellent knowledge of the law and its practical application.’
    • John Friel - 3PB β€˜An utterly brilliant advocate, who goes above and beyond for his clients.’
    • Holly Stout - 11KBW β€˜Highly responsive, well respected and competent in SEND tribunal proceedings.’
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β€˜Sector leader’ 11KBW contains barristers who β€˜inspire confidence in clients’. For example, Nigel Giffin QC is leading Katherine Eddy against Jonathan Moffett QC in a challenge to the Schools Adjudicator’s decision concerning compliance of a Certificate of Catholic Practice with the admission criteria for faith schools. Moffett is also instructed in McTier v Secretary of State for Education, challenging the limitations of disciplinary restrictions on teachers convicted of misconduct, and is defending University of South Wales against several claims brought by a former student.

The β€˜very impressive’ Matrix Chambers houses some of the most accessible and competent’ practitioners, who are β€˜truly dedicated to problem solving’. Helen Mountfield QC and Sarah Hannett are defending Ofsted’s report in a judicial review challenge filed by a designated faith school under the Equality Act 2010. On the claimant side, David Wolfe QC acted for parents in judicial review proceedings challenging the Religious Studies GCSE specifications issued by the Secretary of State.

Instructions at 39 Essex Chambers range from representing local authorities and claimants in judicial review proceedings to managing disability discrimination claims. Fenella Morris QC advised a PhD student on allegations of plagiarism, while Rory Dunlop represented the Secretary of State for Education (a regular client of his) in an appeal filed by a former teacher concerning the compatibility of new regulatory framework with Article 6 of the ECHR.

Members of Blackstone Chambers are β€˜at the top of their game’, assisting clients with strategic and controversial matters. Catherine Callaghan represented the Schools Adjudicator in Court of Appeal proceedings pertaining to the guidance on over-subscription criteria for faith schools, while Gemma White QC acted for the Department of Business Innovation and Skills in a judicial review challenge to the Secretary of State’s decision on student funding filed by the NUS.

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