Chris BarnettAssociate Solicitor
Chris joined Match Solicitors as an Associate Solicitor in May 2015. He has over 10 years’ experience working in Education Law, and was previously head of a specialist Education, Disability & Public Law Department at Levenes Solicitors for over 7 years.
Chris deals with all forms of appeals and claims that are heard by the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal, and regularly represents parents in hearings at the Tribunal. In addition, Chris has acted in a number of appeals to the Upper Tribunal as well as being frequently instructed on Judicial Review proceedings in the High Court and appeals to the Court of Appeal.
He regularly acts for parents in both admissions and exclusion appeals before Admissions Appeals Panels (AAPs) and Independent Review Panels (IRPs). Additionally, Chris acts and advises on claims against Colleges and Universities, with a particular focus on disability discrimination matters.
He has written and co-written articles published in the Education Law Review, Education Law Association journal Education, Public Law and the Individual, as well as the Education Law Update. Chris has spoken at national conferences and provided training to local authorities and schools on special educational needs and disability discrimination law. Chris also speaks French.
Chris is also an Honorary Legal Adviser to national SEN advice charity, IPSEA (Independent Parental Special Education Advice). He has edited a number of their advice factsheets, which are available through IPSEA’s website.
Some of Chris’ most significant reported cases include:
- Essex County Council v Williams  EWCA Civ 1315, Court of Appeal
- R (N) v North Tyneside Borough Council (IPSEA Intervening)  ELR 312, Court of Appeal
- Bedfordshire County Council v Dixon-Wilkinson  EWCA Civ 678, Court of Appeal
- MS v London Borough of Brent  UKUT 50 (AAC), Upper Tribunal
- Potter v Canterbury Christ Church University (13 March 2007, Canterbury County Court)
“ I wouldn’t hesitate to use your firm again in the future, and will also happily recommend you to others requiring help. ”
“ Whilst the SENDIST appeal process requires patience and clarity, we found Match Solicitors provided a faultless service. Diligent whilst being understanding. Our son is now in the school we required and is thriving due to the support of Match Solicitors throughout the process. ”
“ I am totally delighted by the services provided to me. The crucial time when I was emotionally and physically drowned by an academic accusation, Match Solicitor gave an enlightenment to my case and my academic career,I won my case and I am now doing degree in Adult Nursing. Very friendly, co-operative and efficient staff ”