Universities, colleges, independent schools and academies are just some of the organisations in the education sector who regularly choose to instruct Old Square Chambers. Our well-established practice area also makes us a first-choice for educational insurers, private solicitors and major teachers’ unions.

Our focus in education law

Core work is around employment and disciplinary claims, and our members are skilled in facing all audiences from internal disciplinary tribunals to high appellate courts. 

Clients can call upon the complete range of legal advice within education litigation including;

  • Discrimination (incl. equal pay)
  • Whistleblowing
  • SEN and SENDIST appeals
  • Contract Claims
  • Educational negligence
  • Human rights
  • Admissions
  • Exclusions and other performance and disciplinary issues


Local authority clients (or quasi bodies such as The Learning Trust) in employment disputes with teachers will be interested in our barristers with know-how in this area.

Our recent work in education law

  • Successfully defended a disabled PhD student from strike out and/or summary judgment of her county court claim for disability discrimination and breach of contract against her university;
  • Represented in IAP proceedings the mother of a 6-year-old boy with SEN who had been permanently excluded from his mainstream primary school. The school retracted the permanent exclusion after receiving counsel’s written submissions on behalf of the mother;
  • Advice and representation of a disabled medical student in county court proceedings and internal appeal proceedings against his university;
  • Successfully represented the parents of a child with SEN in ET proceedings brought against them by their former nanny. The tribunal found that the parents’ dismissal of the nanny had been substantively fair by reason of a breakdown in trust and confidence caused partly by a disagreement as to suitable parenting strategies for a young child with SEN;
  • Advising a local authority on the employment law implications of legislation relating to voluntary aided, foundation, maintained and other schools;
  • Acting on behalf of the University of Kent in a £750,000 age discrimination claim being brought by a 60-year-old lecturer. The case is ongoing.
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