Education is both a cornerstone of individual life chances, and a major player in the economy. For over three decades we have secured unsurpassed experience of its demands.
We understand the challenge of relentless change, which appears to be a constant across the sector; whether from government initiative, financial constraint or the demands of the law, particularly that which aims to achieve fairness of access and enhance inclusivity.
Education disputes can be unusually sensitive and potentially newsworthy, with impacts way beyond their financial value. Cases frequently involve highly emotive issues such as the welfare vulnerable youngsters, or the fair treatment of students whose education today demands a greater personal financial stake. At the same time, the market is competitive at all levels and the effects of damaged reputations can be extensive, unpredictable and hard to manage.
This is why our specialist team of education lawyers promotes a sensitive, collaborative approach to establish where possible trust between parties, and works closely with clients to uphold their ethos, protect their reputation and support their working methods.
Our education team has unrivalled experience of defending student related claims involving issues such as discrimination, discipline, fitness to practise, admissions, exclusions, abuse, bullying and harassment, freedom of speech, data protection/freedom of information, failure to educate and contractual and regulatory issues, as well as handling employment and organisational/governance matters.
We have worked with a variety of organisations and their insurers, from well-known schools, colleges and universities, in both the state and private sectors, to teaching hospitals and children’s secure units, together with local education authorities, charities, examination boards and research institutions.
That our client base includes such a comprehensive array of education organisations, and covers such a breadth of expertise, is testament to the knowledge and experience of our team. We understand the structure of the sector, the institutions that operate within it and the challenges they face.
We aim to investigate promptly and sensitively, and litigate where necessary with clarity and integrity, enabling our clients to limit the causes of claims, lessen costs and improve their quality of service.