Providing effective legal solutions to the education sector

  • Emergency Services
  • Public Authorities
  • Public Law Partnership
  • Charities
  • Healthcare

Emergency Services

We work with all the emergency services.

Public Authorities

We work with all public bodies, large and small

Public Law Partnership

Providing legal services across the Eastern region.


We offer specialist knowledge and support to the charities sector


Expertise working with the health sector. 


Providing effective legal solutions to the education sector

Legal guidance for schools

Our highly committed education team, with over 70 years' experience, comprises 65 lawyers who are uniquely placed to work with primary schools, secondary schools and further and higher education.

  • In addition to the scale of our team, we are experts in all aspects of education law and can support you whatever the challenge may be.
  • We started life as the in-house legal function of one of the UK’s largest local authorities and many of our clients are in the public sector.
  • We can draw on our heritage and current experience to help you achieve your aims and to provide you with solutions
  • Working with the public sector means we understand the importance of value for money. As well as being highly competitive, we adopt a ‘no surprises later’ approach to fees.

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 schools, colleges and universities.

Click to explore all our Sectors


Legal Advice Helpline Application Form

Please fill in this form if you would like to know more about the ELS legal advice helpline.


Legal Advice Helpline

The advice line allows  schools to speak with legally trained experts. It’s there when you need it! Or just when you want to check something.  



Education Brochure

Our brochure outlines the service we provide to the education sector.



speak to our specialist

Amy Lapite

Amy Lapite

Children and Education - Legal Services Manager

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 ...

Joanna Gent

Joanna Gent

Property - Legal Services Manager

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

Emma Thomas

Dispute Resolution and Employment - Legal Services Manager

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 ...

Please accept marketing-cookies to watch this video.

Providing effective legal solutions to the education sector.

Our highly committed education team, with over 70 years' experience, comprising 65 lawyers who are uniquely placed to work with primary schools, secondary schools and further education.

ELS Newsletter
Keep up to date with the latest legal developments and news from ELS

I would like to thank the Employment Team personally for all they have done.  The speed in which communications were coming in over the past few days was phenomenal and a quick resolution.

A School in Essex

We had a rather complicated case and the response, guidance and support received was exemplary, even taking calls late at night. The case had further complications due to the member of staff’s position in the community. The support we received from the civil litigation team was impeccable.


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

Contact Us

To find out how we can help you and your organisation, please get in touch by phone or email.

Our legal helpline (available to subscribers only) operates between 9.00am and 5.15pm. Contact us on: 0333 013 9993. Or if you want to subscribe please call: 0333 013 2305.

ELS, Seax House, Victoria Road South, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1QH
Open in maps