Landmark undertakes education law as a key part of its extensive public law practice. In recent years, it has continued to develop its expertise and has both strength and depth in the provision of advice and representation in all aspects of this specialist area.
Led by Fiona Scolding QC, a specialist education practitioner with over 15 years’ worth of recommendations in the legal directories, the team has advised and represents a wide range of organisations who provide education or who are involved in its organisation. The team also advise and represent parents, children, students and staff within the education system.
Landmark’s barristers have expertise in the areas of admissions, exclusions, administration and governance of nurseries, schools and academies; of the provision of education and services to those with disabilities and special educational needs, to admissions, expulsions and service provision whilst at universities. We also advise on governance, structure and administration issues arising at education facilities and for educational institutions.
Education law is hugely diverse and members of the team have been involved in recent high-profile cases concerning:
- Ofsted inspections;
- The right of schools to select on the grounds of religious observance and its impact upon socio-economic diversity;
- Who is considered to be a disabled student;
- The transport policy of a local authority;
- The interface between health, education and social care for those with disabilities;
- The legality of OIA complaints procedure;
- The exclusion of a child from an Academy, and;
- How funding is provided to Academy schools.
The strength of the team lies in setting individual pieces of advice within a wide knowledge of the challenges in the education world. We have a hard earnt and well-deserved reputation for approachability and our desire to work in a team with those which instruct them.
Landmark counsel always seek to provide practical solutions to difficult legal problems. They recognise that litigation has to be seen as one way forward, but it is not the only tool. They have extensive litigation experience from the Supreme Court to the First Tier Tribunal and regularly advise central government, local government, charities, independent schools, Academies and maintained schools, quangos, individuals and pressure groups across the board.