Katherine’s practice in education law encompasses advisory work and advocacy in the following areas:
- The regulatory framework and judicial review
- Special Educational Needs including SEN appeals
- School admissions including admission appeals
- School exclusions including exclusion appeals
- Contractual and employment matters concerning nurseries, schools, including independent schools, and universities
- School attendance.
Katherine acts for parents and local authorities on the full range of education issues.
She is experienced in relation to Special Educational Needs, school admissions and exclusions appeals having acted as an advisor and advocate and having clerked for independent appeals panels.
She has been instructed in relation to judicial review proceedings against local authorities, for example in relation to SEN provision.
She has also been instructed in relation to judicial review/breach of contract claims against universities and higher education and training establishments, for example in relation to complaints alleging inadequate tuition and in one instance a university place withdrawn on the grounds of alleged misrepresentation.
She has acted in relation to contract matters concerning independent schools, for example complaints alleging inadequate tuition.
She has also, together with other members of the 3PB Education Law team, delivered training to appeals panel members, Local Authority employees and Local Authority clerks.
In her employment practice she has a particular interest in the education sector and has acted in employment cases concerning staff at nurseries, schools and universities, including in sensitive cases involving allegations of sexual abuse.