Our children and education law specialists work together to ensure that the schools and local authorities we advise receive a rounded, comprehensive service.

Legal guidance for schools

Our education law advice provides schools and universities, headteacher and governors with valuable, up-to-date guidance, support and advice on issues such as pecial Educational Needs, disability discrimination, employment contracts and governance.


The education sector is evolving at a time of opportunity, innovation and change. Our team are sector experts and can help to clarify legislation and put in place procedures that support and protect the school or academic institution and its pupils. Our extensive knowledge of the public sector directly benefits clients by providing solutions and expertise.

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Amy Lapite, Head of Children and Education

Amy Lapite

Head of Children and Education

Amy specialises in childcare and education matters (SENT and SEN tribunals) and has Higher Rights of Audience for civil matters.  She has served as a legal adviser to the Adoption Agency since 2004. Amy joined ELS in 1998 from Manchester City Council. Amy is a member of Essex Family Justice Council. Amy has over 17 years of ...

Julie Roberts, Head of Property

Julie Roberts

Head of Property

Julie Roberts is Head of the Property Team.  Julie joined Essex County Council in 2001 and has worked in local government since 1989. She specialises in all matters of commercial property law including; freehold disposals incorporating option agreements and overage provisions, freehold purchases, conditional contracts, ...

Joanna Gent, Head of Property

Joanna Gent

Head of Property

Joanna joined ELS from private practice where she was the Head of the Property Department and a partner in a busy private practice. Joanna has over 12 years of experience in dealing with commercial property matters both in the public sector and private practice. Joanna specialises in all commercial property matters to include ...

Emma Thomas, Head of Employment

Emma Thomas

Head of Employment

Emma deals with both contentious and non-contentious employment law matters and provides practical advice on a wide range of issues including all aspects of discrimination law;  bullying and harassment;  redundancies and restructures; equal pay; part time workers; the performance management of employees; managing sickness ...

From the beginning of the process you were able to put my mind at ease with regard to the requirements and procedures involved in such matters, ones that I am not usually faced by, with clear concise communication both through email and orally.

The Bromfords School and Sixth Form College

I can not praise you highly enough for getting to the root of the problem so quickly, the speed of your response and your professionalism

The Ongar Academy

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