11KBW's education law practice has an outstanding reputation. We are the sole top tier set in the Chambers & Partners legal directory.

We act for a wide variety of clients, across the complete range of education disputes, from nursery to university.

As part of our well-established public and employment law groups, 11KBW members have advised and represented schools, local authorities, academies, colleges, universities, and examination boards, as well as pupils, students and their families, unions, and teachers. Our expertise means that we regularly act on behalf of appeal panels, government departments and other public bodies such as OFSTED. The full panoply of public, private and third sector clients rely on our specialist experience in the education sector.

We appear in all courts, tribunals and domestic panels in which education law issues arise. 11KBW barristers have played a leading role in some of the most high-profile education cases of recent years, including the Building Schools for the Future litigation and the GCSE English legal challenge. Members of 11KBW edit and write the leading education law blog, providing regular updates about developments in education law. If you wish to be sent the latest issue or to subscribe to the update then please email


  • Admissions and exclusions
  • Discrimination, human rights, and equalities claims – including disability, sex, religion, race, and the public sector equality duty
  • Special educational needs disputes
  • School organisation
  • Academies
  • School governance and finance
  • All school staffing and employment issues
  • Claims in the private and higher education sector
  • School inspection, registration, LA intervention
  • Examination disputes
  • Other education-related disputes including negligence claims, school transport, education outside school, attendance
Recent Cases
  • Red light for term time holidays

    The Supreme Court has decided that a parent commits a criminal offence on any occasion where his or her child does not attend the school at which s/he is ...

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  • High Court grants interim injunction to prevent publication of OFSTED report

    R (IEB of X School) v OFSTED In this case the High Court has granted an injunction to prevent OFSTED publishing an inspection report pending hearing of the claima...

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  • James Goudie QC succeeds in home to college transportation case

    James Goudie QC, instructed by Guy Darvill of Staffordshire County Council, acted for the County Council in its successful appeal to the Upper Tribunal Administrative Appeals Chamber from a Fir...

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  • Local Authority Conference 2016 'Education Law update'

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  • Welsh Local Authority Conference - Education Law

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  • Education case law update by Tom Cross

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