11KBW remains the 'gold standard when it comes to education', with 'nonpareil' 'depth and breadth in educational work' and experience across the area, particularly when it comes to work for educational institutions. Jonathan Auburn QC recently acted in R (AD) v London Borough of Hackney, successfully defending the council in a major special educational needs funding test case in the High Court and Court of Appeal. Tom Cross successfully defended R (Colchester and others) v Secretary of State for Education, a judicial review of a claim brought by parents opposed to secondary legislation and government guidance providing sex and relationships education.
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‘Fantastic chambers for education, public law and general commercial litigation.’
’11KBW are the gold standard when it comes to education. Strength in depth and availability are key factors.‘
‘The strength in depth at 11KBW for education matters is nonpareil; from QC to junior, you know you are in safe hands when you instruct them.’
’11 KBW is one of the few sets with real expertise in the area, and for me has the stand out members of the Bar.’
‘The clerks have always been very helpful and timely with responses.’
‘Excellent and responsive’
Matrix Chambers is well-known for the 'strength and breadth of its barristers in respect of public law and education sector work', housing a number of 'extremely knowledgeable barristers'. David Wolfe QC represented the Independent Schools Inspectorate in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. In another recent instruction, Sarah Hannett QC successfully defended R (Shaw) v Secretary of State for Education, in which the claimant sought judicial review of the easing of the statutory duties for children with special educational needs put in place citing the coronavirus pandemic.
‘Extremely well respected set for all areas of human rights and public law.’
‘In my view education law counsel at Matrix are some of the very best.’
‘Matrix are an efficient set of Chambers. The individual barristers I’ve worked with there are all really knowledgeable and approachable.’
‘Very helpful, responsive and efficient.’
‘Efficient and timely service.’
39 Essex Chambers are 'responsive', 'progressive' and 'outstanding' when it comes to education work. Rory Dunlop QC successfully acted for the claimant in R (AW) v St George’s University of London, resulting in the termination of the claimant's registration for failure to attend an occupational health appointment being quashed on grounds of unfairness. Steve Broach represented the claimant in R (Shaw and another) v Secretary of State for Education, a challenge to a number of statutory instruments issued by the Secretary of State for Education downgrading duties owed to children and young people with special education needs and disabilities, citing the coronavirus pandemic.
’39 Essex are one of my ‘go to’ chambers for education work. They have a range of specialists in education.’
‘All of the clerks I have spoken to are friendly and very helpful and they will always do their best to assist you. They ensure the transition between counsel and clerk is seamless, saving time.’
‘I mainly deal with Peter Campbell and Jamie Tucker, both of whom are really approachable and really helpful. They are quick to respond to enquiries and will find the ideal barrister to assist with a particular job.’
3PB is highly regarded for its members' 'wealth of expertise in special educational needs and disability appeals' and are 'an excellent source of specialist education law barristers'. Among recent instructions, Alice de Coverley represented Ofsted in several strands of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse. Charlotte Hadfield represented the claimant in D v Hampshire County Council, a judicial review against the council for failing to provide alternative school provision after a consultant psychiatrist had signed the child off as unfit to attend school due to his anxiety.
‘3PB are an excellent source of specialist education law barristers, whose expertise also crosses over into relevant and often complimentary areas such as public law, community care and mental health. They are one of my go-to sets.’
‘Lots of education experience which we really appreciate. They always manage to find an expert who can provide top quality advocacy in education law.’
‘3PB is an excellent set of chambers with a wealth of expertise in SEND appeals.’
‘The clerking is of an exceptionally high standard and responses to emails are prompt and very helpful.’
‘Gemma Faulkner is excellent within her role. Attentive and very fast to respond to any queries and will often go above and beyond her duties to address any problems.’