Education in Regional Bar

St John's Buildings

St John's Buildings has a 'growing expertise' in the education sector, according to clients. 'Superb advocate' Jamie Jenkins has expanded his specialism in employment law into now being a go-to for a variety of education-related instructions. He now predominantly represents schools and local authorities in the full spectrum of education cases, including in the Employment Tribunal, County Court, and First Tier Tribunal. Recent cases of note include Lancashire County Council v (1) A & B (2) D, a case involving two sets of parents acquitted in the Magistrates Court of offences under section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996, namely failing to secure the attendance of a child of compulsory school age. Jenkins successfully appealed the acquittal for the local authority. The case dealt with the issue of what is meant by 'unavoidable cause', the defence both sets of parents relied on. Other recent instructions include representing a local authority in appeals against a pupil's Education and Health Care Plan, acting for an Academy Trust in a constructive dismissal claim brought by a teacher, and representing a private school facing a claim of disability discrimination brought by a pupil.