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UK Bar London (Bar) Education

Barristers in this section advise pupils and their parents on matters such as special educational needs (SEN), admissions and exclusions, disability discrimination claims, judicial review cases, disputes with private schools, and transport to school issues. Others advise institutions on the full range of school-related law, including pupil-related litigation and child protection issues, debt recovery, governance matters, school reorganisations, employment law, exclusions, policy and procedure reviews, and the establishment of academies.

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Band 1
  1. 11KBW
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 1 | 19 Years Ranked
    11KBW retains its reputation as a leading set for education matters, and houses a deep bench of barristers experienced in the handling of the full range of disputes. Particular areas of strength for the team include cases concerning SEN, discrimination claims and examination disputes, and members are regularly called upon to act for universities, schools and local authorities, as well as teachers, parents and students. The set's barristers also field expertise in school reorganisations, admissions and exclusions, and employment disputes arising in the education sector. 11KBW successfully defended a High Court challenge to a local authority's discharge of its duties under Section 19 of the Education Act 1996. Members also defended a disability discrimination case in the County Court against London Metropolitan University. "11KBW have really good in-depth knowledge of the education sector," said one interviewee.
  2. Matrix Chambers
    Matrix Chambers
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 1 | 19 Years Ranked
    Matrix Chambers houses a deep bench of experienced barristers who are noted for their extensive expertise in education law matters. The set's enviable client base includes several local authorities, the Department of Education and Ofsted, as well as schools, colleges, universities and individual students and parents. Members are regularly called upon to act for and advise on education judicial review challenges and disputes concerning SEN, discrimination, safeguarding, exclusions and school closures. Matrix Chambers represented 38 respondents in Dr Heal v Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Oxford and Others, in which the claimant challenged the university's admissions criteria. Barristers at Matrix also successfully defended an application for judicial review regarding the reorganisation of Somerset County Council's school system. An interviewee remarks: "They are an extremely capable set, very able to handle complex and sophisticated matters." Another adds: "They have great counsel with terrific expertise."
Band 2
  1. 2
    39 Essex Chambers
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 2 | 9 Years Ranked
    39 Essex Chambers offers extensive expertise covering a wide range of education matters. The set's barristers are particularly well regarded for their handling of cases concerning the higher education sector, including challenges to grant decisions and admissions, and claims involving allegations of discrimination and procedural unfairness. Members have additional expertise in claims for judicial reviews concerning SEN funding and employment claims within the education sector. The team acts on behalf of a enviable roster of clients, including the Secretary of State for Education, higher education institutions, local authorities, schools and parents. 39 Essex acted on both sides of L v Devon County Council, involving a question of construction of the SEND Regulations 2014, concerning whether there is a fixed time limit for local authorities to complete annual reviews of education, health and care plans. The set also provided counsel for the Secretary of State for Education in defending a judicial review regarding the lawfulness of the Government's policy of making full-time child care for 3 and 4-year-olds free for working parents. "39 Essex Chambers are extremely competent and they are able to handle complex legal matters to a very high standard," notes one interviewee.
Band 3
  1. 3
    3PB Barristers
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 4 Years Ranked
    3PB Barristers is a well-regarded set with an impressive offering in the education sector. Members are experienced in the handling of a broad range of matters, including school admissions and exclusions, special educational needs and discrimination claims. The team also offers expertise in disciplinary matters arising in the higher education sector. The set's varied client base encompasses several education institutions, such as schools, universities and academies, as well as pupils, governing bodies and NGOs, and its barristers regularly appear before the First-tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal. 3PB acted for the claimant in Raquel Rosario Sanchez v Bristol University in which negligence and discrimination claims were brought against the university for failure to protect against bullying. One interviewee remarked that "the set exhibits very strong knowledge and experience in education work."
  2. Landmark Chambers
    Landmark Chambers
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 3 Years Ranked
    The barristers at Landmark Chambers are regularly called upon to act for and advise on a wide range of education matters. Areas of strength for the team include discrimination claims, school closures and safeguarding issues. Members are also well regarded for their expertise in advisory work concerning children with special educational needs, and have significant experience of appearing in SEN hearings. The set's client base includes several further education institutions, academies and universities, as well as local authorities, government organisations and individual parents. Members at Landmark acted for the Secretary of State in defending a challenge to the decision to refuse student finance to two students who had pending indefinite leave to remain applications at the time at which applications were assessed. An interviewee remarked: "Barristers at Landmark are clear and concise. They are also knowledgeable and personable."