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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In our experience, busy education professionals often need legal support or guidance in aspects of their working life to cope with the many small but nonetheless demanding challenges that the school environment brings.


Providing effective legal solutions to the education sector

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.


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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 ...

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.


You understood immediately the urgency of our responses to Ofsted and you were speedy throughout the process. We had every confidence that you were doing everything you could on our behalf. We would always make your our first choice in the future you offer an excellent service.    

Waltham Holy Cross Primary School, Headteacher

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

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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.

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