Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London
What the team is known for Distinguished education group representing parents and individuals in legal challenges against the decisions of schools, universities and local authorities. Practitioners have strong experience in equality law, SEN tribunal work and human rights-related claims.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They fight for their clients' interests tenaciously and pragmatically and are reasonable lawyers to deal with."
"They got the right experts on board to do the reviews, their written submissions were in depth and well researched and they were extremely approachable."
"They have good personal relationships with their clients and they care a great deal about getting good results."
John Ford predominantly acts for individuals on a legal aid basis. Sources remark that he has "excellent client care skills - he takes a genuine interest in how they are doing."
According to interviewees, Karen May "is very quick, tenacious and committed." She is particularly adept at handling sophisticated judicial review proceedings and SEN issues.
Helen Gill represents claimants in an array of matters, including discrimination and human rights claims and school exclusion cases. Commentators say: "She has excellent writing and research skills and her communication with us was spot-on. She converted tricky legal points into layman's language."
Marian Shaughnessy is well versed in all aspects of community care and education and frequently represents vulnerable and disabled clients. Commentators enthuse: "She is very calm and good at standing back and seeing the bigger picture."