Our team can assist in resolving the full range of Education and Employment Law related issues, including:
- Allegations of misconduct
- Allegations of discrimination
- Board of Governor disputes
- Dismissals and suspensions
- Disputes over term-time or zero-hour contracts or supply teaching contracts
- Educational references
- Recruitment related issues in the education sector
- Safeguarding related issues
- Teacher regulatory tribunals
- Breach of Contract
We have a wealth of experience acting on behalf of schools, colleges, universities and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and teaching professionals over a wide range of Education Law areas. We understand the importance of speedy but sensitively delivered legal advice.
Our Education Law Solicitors and Barristers advise employers and employees on the lawfulness of suspensions and dismissals including the objective justification of suspensions and the appropriate length.
It is important that legal advice is taken before the decision to suspend or dismiss is communicated as, in some cases, school governing bodies or Local Education Authorities may have made the incorrect decision on the process or justification for suspension or dismissal.
Concerns of employees regarding their suspension should be raised as quickly as possible, as the sooner you receive legal advice, the faster we will be able to take robust action on your behalf.
We always try and resolve issues outside of the court and tribunal system, however, where necessary, we advise and represent claimants and respondents in Employment Tribunal proceedings.
Whether you are a teacher, lecturer or employer, our Education Law Solicitors and Barristers can support you throughout Court and Tribunal proceedings with strong representation to protect your interests.
Our team of Education Law Solicitors provide guidance and support on all aspects of safeguarding in schools and HEIs.
We can help you draft and update your safeguarding policies, prepare for inspections and safeguarding training, as well as providing urgent legal advice to educational institutions and individuals if child protection and safeguarding issues are raised.
Education Related Employment Law and Contracts
Due to the complex nature of the education sector and rapidly developing guidance on what is acceptable practice within the field of education, it is vitally important that Employment Law aspects are carefully considered and policies, procedures and Employment Contracts are kept up to date.
Our Education Law team, working with our specialist Employment Law Solicitors and Barristers, can assist with:
- Data protection and confidentiality issues with a focus on issues specific to the education sector
- Disciplinary issues involving teaching and non-teaching staff, including sector specific concerns such as the use of social media or teacher and pupil relations
- Flexible working rights and return from maternity leave
- Governor disputes
- Health and safety issues with particular reference to the education sector, such as health and safety breaches in lessons or the supervisory element of school outings
- Issues of performance and leadership and the management of teaching staff and the interplay with Ofsted reporting
- Sick leave entitlement with particular reference to stress at work and potential employment claims
- Term-time only contracts
- Zero-hours contracts
- Settlement Agreements
- Policies and Handbook reviews
Whether you are a Local Education Authority, school, college or university or an individual headteacher, teacher, teaching assistant, lecturer, school governor or other member of staff, our Education Law team has the expertise to help you.
Where possible we will offer a fixed fee, so you will know what the costs are from the start. For more complex or uncertain projects, we will provide you with an estimate of the likely fees involved and keep you updated throughout the matter.
How to get in contact
Our offices are based in Basingstoke and we assist clients across the country.
We aim to keep legal jargon to a minimum and guide you through the process in a manner that is easy to understand.
Our highly-skilled solicitors offer tailored, strategic solutions to even the most complex matters, ensuring you receive the guidance and support you need.
We will be by your side throughout every stage of the process and will provide you with regular updates and advice along the way.
We communicate thoroughly with you from the outset to ensure that we fully understand your individual needs. This allows us to accurately quote for your matter leaving you without any unexpected surprises and fees further down the line.
We provide our clients with a concise and transparent breakdown of costs from the outset of the matter and throughout any subsequent stages. This enables you to build faith and trust in us early on to form a lasting relationship.
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