Disputes against Independent Schools
Our specialist team has extensive experience in dealing with disputes on behalf of parents against independent schools. Anita Chopra is recognised as one of the only experts advising in this area. Anita and her team are dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcome for her clients through negotiation and, if necessary, litigation.
We have assisted a number of parents with the following disputes (this list is not exhaustive):
- Parents who withdraw pupils without giving a term’s notice leading to non-payment of school fees
- Expulsion/suspension or requests for removal of pupils
- Complaint hearings
- Discrimination issues
- Breach of contract/negligence claims
Given that the legal relationship between a parent and a school in the independent sector is one of contract, parents will necessarily demand a high level of service in return for fees paid. Often parents will find that the level of education being provided to pupils is not of a sufficiently high standard. Parents often feel vulnerable in disputes with independent schools as these schools do not need to conform to the Education Acts or Guidance issued by the Department for Education the way state schools do. This does not however mean that they are above the law. Independent schools must still apply the rules of natural justice and public law principles in addition to having regard to Independent School Regulations.
Our experts assist clients by focusing on preventing lengthy litigation and the associated risk of costs by primarily bringing matters to an amicable resolution for both parties as quickly as possible and, most importantly, in the best interests of the client.
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“ Nicole was compassionate and understanding and really organised and professional. I do not believe I would have had a positive outcome without her. ”
“ I would be very willing to recommend Match Solicitors to anyone else needing a specialist education solicitor. They were thorough, knowledgeable, worked in a timely manner and were generally a pleasure to work with. ”
“ The service was first class and I was encouraged by the Solicitors sound knowledge of education law. Having a child with special needs is a challenge to any parent and the whole process of going to an educational tribunal can be quite daunting. Match Solicitors was able to get the job done professionally and to the highest standard and yet still retaining a very caring and human side which was very reassuring. ”