Eva Akins > Russell-Cooke LLP > Kingston upon Thames, England > Lawyer Profile

Russell-Cooke LLP
BISHOP'S PALACE HOUSE
KINGSTON BRIDGE
KINGSTON UPON THAMES
KT1 1QN
England
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Work Department

Education

Position

Eva is Head of Education Law at Russell-Cooke LLP. Her work includes: special educational needs; Equality Act claims; admissions; exclusions; complaints; governance; negligence, child protection and breach of contract occurring in education settings from early years to higher education.

Eva specialises in championing the rights of disabled children including securing special educational provision and placements and robustly challenging disability discrimination by both maintained and independent schools. Eva secures placements at leading specialist independent schools as well as securing the naming of ordinary independent schools in Education Health and Care Plans. Eva adopts a robust approach to challenging unlawful acts and omissions by local authorities by way of complaint, judicial review and Local Government Ombudsman.

Eva secures admission to ‘super selective’ grammar schools, oversubscribed infant classes and secondary schools at conventional entry points and also in-year by way of admission appeal. She also overturns permanent exclusions by way of representations and appeal.

Eva is regularly called upon by the media to provide expert advice on education law aspects of current affairs including appearing on BBC television and radio to highlight the challenges faced by parents of children with special needs and disabilities as well as wider ranging topical issues.

Eva’s extensive litigation experience, having broad cross departmental specialism to draw upon and her firms Top 100 status provides ‘equality of arms’ for her clients who are often individuals in conflict with large institutions or well-resourced independent schools.

Education

Read Law at The University of Westminster graduating with First Class Honours and completed her legal studies at the College of Law London.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Public sector > Education: individuals

Eva Akins heads the education team at Russell-Cooke LLP, which has experience acting for children with SEN and disabilities, as well as for transgender and non-binary pupils who face marginalisation and difficulty accessing school facilities. Associate Georgina Downard assists clients with securing education provision and with appeals. Specialist children law solicitors Samantha Little and Sarah Richardson are also key practitioners in the team; they also handle complex cases involving vulnerable adults.