Education Barristers

Education

What our barristers offer

39 Essex Chambers is one of the leading education law sets. Our barristers have a practical understanding of the operational needs and political demands to which local authorities and schools are subject.

We are also one of the few sets able to offer a range of barristers experienced in education, health and social care, which is increasingly useful in a changing political environment in which services are being integrated.

Who our barristers act for

We advise and represent:

  • Colleges
  • Individuals
  • Local authorities
  • Schools
  • Academies
  • Universities

The barristers in the education team appear on behalf of parents, schools and local authorities in the First Tier Tribunal (SENDIST), Upper Tribunal and higher courts.

Which areas of education we cover:

Primary & secondary education

  • admissions and exclusions
  • school staffing and employment issues
  • claims in the private and higher education sector
  • discrimination, human rights, and equalities claims, including disability, sex, religion, race and the public sector
  • equality
  • examination disputes
  • negligence claims
  • school transport
  • education outside school and attendance
  • planning and property
  • school governance and finance
  • school inspection, registration and local authority intervention
  • school organisation
  • special educational needs’ disputes

Further & higher education

  • construction
  • contract, negligence claims and judicial review
  • challenges to disciplinary decisions (particularly plagiarism)
  • challenges to admission and grant decisions and appeals to the independent adjudicator for higher education (Office of the Independent Adjudicator)
  • data protection and freedom of information
  • defamation
  • discrimination and disciplinary issues
  • professional discipline and regulation
  • planning, property and procurement
  • research misconduct
  • staff employment
  • student immigration issues (including Tier 4 disputes)

Additional education sector knowledge

  • We arrange regular education law seminars to keep our clients abreast of the constantly changing legal framework
  • A number of 39 Essex Chambers’ education barristers have been appointed as governors to schools and to university committees
  • One of our barristers has been instrumental in establishing a free school.

Who to contact

Sheraton Doyle

Sheraton Doyle is the Senior Practice Manager for the Education team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.


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Call: +44 (0)20 7832 1144


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Alison Foster QC

Alison Foster QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2002

Susan Rodway QC

Susan Rodway QC

Call: 1981 Silk: 2002

Steven Kovats QC

Steven Kovats QC

Call: 1989 Silk: 2010

Jenni Richards QC

Jenni Richards QC

Call: 1991 Silk: 2011

Fenella Morris QC

Fenella Morris QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2012

Emily Formby

Emily Formby

Call: 1993

Neil Allen

Neil Allen

Call: 1999

Katharine Scott

Katharine Scott

Call: 2000

Rory Dunlop

Rory Dunlop

Call: 2002

Robert Lazarus

Robert Lazarus

Call: 2004

Anna Bicarregui

Anna Bicarregui

Call: 2004

Mungo Wenban-Smith
Caroline Allen

Caroline Allen

Call: 2005

Alexis Hearnden

Alexis Hearnden

Call: 2005

Peter Mant

Peter Mant

Call: 2006

Michelle Pratley

Michelle Pratley

Call: 2006

Jack Anderson

Jack Anderson

Call: 2006

Thomas Amraoui

Thomas Amraoui

Call: 2007

Jennifer Thelen

Jennifer Thelen

Call: 2007

Philippa Jackson

Philippa Jackson

Call: 2008

Catherine Dobson

Catherine Dobson

Call: 2009

Benjamin Tankel

Benjamin Tankel

Call: 2009

Patrick Hennessey
Annabel Lee

Annabel Lee

Call: 2010

Stephen Kosmin

Stephen Kosmin

Call: 2011

Tom Tabori

Tom Tabori

Call: 2011

Jonathan Darby

Jonathan Darby

Call: 2012

Nicola Kohn

Nicola Kohn

Call: 2012

Call +44 (0)20 7832 1111 for more information

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