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Yvonne Spencer

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Education: Schools




Having worked for many years advising schools on child protection, inspection and regulation, SEN and equality, serious disciplinary incidents, complex complaints, reputation management and the media, Yvonne is well placed to assist you and your school when complex and often unforeseen incidents occur.

Yvonne also leads our work with academies and maintained schools and has overseen over 500 academy and MAT conversion projects.

International Expertise

Yvonne Spencer's international experience relates to advising overseas Governments and Local Authorities on legislative reform to introduce or reform national child protection systems.

Yvonne's experience includes technical support to Governments to establish national systems for the accreditation and inspection of children's services. She has also advised Governments on national professional standards for children's social workers and advice on equalities legislation.

Countries where Yvonne has experience: Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Jordan and Japan.

Meeting Your Needs

Yvonne is keen to ensure that you receive cutting edge and contextual advice. Her contributions to the education law arena include Butterworth's Law of Education and Jordan's Education Law Journal.

Yvonne is a regular speaker at national conferences. Recent topics include strategic advice on MAT expansion, child protection, exclusions, admissions and regulatory compliance. In 2012 she spoke alongside Professor Tanya Byron at the TES National Cyber Bullying Conference.

What Others Say

The Legal 500 recognises Yvonne as an education law expert. In Chambers & Partners, Yvonne is recommended as a key individual for education law expertise and noted for being "a standout individual' and an 'outstanding lawyer', who has 'a great deal of presence and expertise' and 'provides sound, strategic level advice with a good understanding of the risks to which the school might be exposed."

Chambers & Partners also states, "The effective and efficient Yvonne Spencer has significant expertise in academy conversions. Interviewees are quick to praise her as being 'very impressive and very able', and 'someone who has done an absolutely fantastic job'. I love her deep understanding of the sector; she is a dyed-in-the-wool expert. She has done a magnificent job, and is very personable."


Yvonne is the first female to be appointed Chairman of the Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates. Yvonne is also a member of the City of Westminster & Holborn Law Society (CoWHLS), and a Director of the Education Law Association (ELAS)

London: Public sector

Education: schools

Within: Education: schools

At VWV, the education practice group has an impressive client roster spanning leading independent schools, academies and colleges. Jointly overseen by Barney Northover and Yvonne Spencer who is recommended for her insight on complex matters such as serious disciplinary cases, the team combines employment and education law expertise to offer a broad service, which includes sector strengths in corporate and commercial, real estate, immigration and litigation matters. Employment lawyer Simon Bevan remains the key name to note. Other team members include Bettina Rigg, Emma-Jane Dalley and Naseem Nabi.

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South East: Public sector


Within: Education

VWV's education team is particularly strong in employment matters, as well as providing commercial, corporate, and property advice. The firm acts for a wide range of further and higher education institutions, alongside its substantial independent schools and academies practices, which provide a full service to clients operating in those sectors. Bettina Rigg and Yvonne Spencer head the national practice, while Bob Fahy is a key figure in the Watford office.

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