Education Law Solicitors

The law relating to education is vast and diverse, and necessarily so. But this means it can be challenging to navigate. We offer specialist education law advice to everyone in the education arena, from students to parents, and from nurseries to universities. Experience has shown that good - and early - legal advice can make a real difference. 

Our education law solicitors have decades of experience advising parents, guardians, young people and educational institutions. Call us today on 01245 453847.

They are experts in their fields and advise on areas such as special educational needs, admissions, employment, property, governance, disputes, commercial, construction and exclusions, to name but a few. 

We provide quality legal advice in a timely fashion that demonstrates our understanding of the sector. 

For parents, guardians and carers

We support parents, guardians and young people in matters relating to EHCPs and SENDIST claims, including:

  1. Refusal to assess appeals
  2. Refusal to issue EHCP appeals
  3. Appeals after an annual review
  4. Appeals relating to the contents of an EHCP
  5. Disability discrimination
  6. Appealing a decision to cease to maintain an EHCP.

We also offer a number of fixed fee services to parents, including an EHCP health check.

We can also offer help and advice with:

  1. Admission appeals
  2. Exclusion appeals
  3. OIA appeals/university claims
  4. Discrimination claims
  5. Transport issues
  6. Judicial review.

For education establishments

We support a range of organisations in the education sector. We provide legal advice to universities and further and higher education institutions, as well as colleges, schools and nurseries. We have significant sector expertise and take pride in an exceptional level of client service. Our clients include:

  • University of Essex
  • Writtle University College
  • Colchester Institute
  • South Essex College
  • Colchester Sixth Form College
  • Numerous state and private schools, academies and MATs.

From nurseries through to schools, multi-academy trusts, colleges and universities, Birkett Long will work alongside you to become part of your leadership team. We will always be on hand to provide support at the time you need it. For schools, academies and other educational institutions we offer cost effective fixed fee solutions with our BL education retainer products:

  • BL Education legal retainer
  • BL Education employment law & HR retainer
  • BL Education data protection support retainer
  • BL Education company secretarial retainer

Get in touch

Our education law solicitors have a deep interest in the education sector. Several members of the team, as well as other staff at Birkett Long, are school governors. Our education solicitors will advise and support all key stakeholders:

  • Parents
  • Guardians
  • Young people
  • Nurseries
  • Schools
  • Academies
  • Multi-Academy Trusts
  • Further Education Colleges
  • Higher Education institutions
  • Universities

If you would like to talk to us about how we can help, please contact Thomas Emmett, Head of Education, on 01245 453847 or email

Birkett Long is one of the few firms in Essex with acknowledged expertise and a proven track record of over 30 years’ experience providing advice to educational institutions, parents and students alike.

Staff re-order for education page

  • Thomas Emmett
  • Tracey Dickens
  • Emma Wraight
  • Julie Temple
  • Hannah Maxwell
  • Jonathon Holyhead
  • Emma Jenkins
  • Cheryl Burness