"The biggest provider for the sector," this team remains a giant in the field of education law. It is praised as being "extremely knowledgeable," "caring and highly competent," and the lawyers "help well beyond the call of duty." The team handles a vast number of claims, and has earned a reputation for pushing the boundaries of special education needs (SEN) law. A recent highlight was representing a young boy who was asked to leave the school on his first day of secondary school because of his hairstyle. A High Court ruling found that the school had acted inappropriately and would in future have to change its uniform code to reflect different ethnic or cultural practices.
KEY INDIVIDUALS Angela Jackman receives widespread praise and gets "some of the best work in the field." She maintains a busy practice and recently represented the claimant in the aforementioned hair-braiding High Court case. She is respected by opponents, who say "she is a hard person to have on the other side as she takes all of the best points."
"Parent-friendly" Eleanor Wright has "a brilliant legal mind" and "vast knowledge" of education law. "Able to remember complex details," she is "committed to the firm's mission to help parents on low incomes" and "every parent's case receives the high level of consideration needed."
Oliver Studdert is a "very capable solicitor" who is "very good at what he does." He is praised for his "imaginative and creative" approach to cases, and is "able to see all of the issues."
Elaine Maxwell heads the education department and has been heavily involved in a number of cases dealing with SEN, particularly student placements.
Emily Gent recently returned from sabbatical, and has been involved in a number of cases that have improved the rights of parents when looking at cost considerations.