Chris is an Associate in the Education Team advising Trustees and Senior Teachers in Academy Trusts on a wide range of education law issues that impact on the operation of schools. He is an experienced trainer and regularly delivers seminars on complaints, exclusions and admissions.
Chris also volunteers his time to mentor students on BPP Law School’s “Access to Practice” scheme to enable students who do not come from legal backgrounds gain an insight in to legal practice.
Prior to joining the firm, Chris worked for the in-house legal team of a large Local Authority where he acted as clerk for admission appeal and exclusion review panels. He also appeared in the Magistrates’ Court to prosecute school non-attendance offences.
Chris advises Academies on the operational aspects of education law including:
As well as representing schools in the First tier Tribunal, Chris also works with schools in responding to judicial review claims in relation to the decisions it has taken.
Chris complements his education law experience with a sound knowledge of information law. This is invaluable when schools receive Subject Access Requests and/ or Freedom of Information requests as part of other legal challenges or matters it is dealing with.
Chris read Politics and American Studies at the Universities of Keele and Maryland. He obtained a Masters degree in International Law from the University of Hull before becoming a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX).
Chris is one of the firm’s Wellbeing Champions where he is involved in practical initiatives to boost the physical and mental wellbeing of our staff. He writes regularly for the “Feelgood Friday” section on the firm’s intranet sharing tips and ideas to boost wellbeing.
"Thank you very much for your help...I feel a lot better about how we’re going to respond. The wording looks great, also much appreciated."
"Thank you for your excellent support and advice throughout the tribunal case and process. We felt very well prepared and I know we had good, clear advice throughout a very difficult time for the school."
Siobhan Campbell, Hackney New Primary School
"Your advice is always thorough, comprehensive and clear. Very valuable."
Sabin Qureshi, Folio Education Trust
"This is very helpful and will give me something to work from. Thank you so much for taking the time – and so quickly."
Olivia Cole, The Petchey Academy
"Many thanks for your swift response, much appreciated and very helpful."
Sam Strickland, The Duston School
"Thank you Chris for...your advice. We appreciate your wisdom as this helps us understand the wider situation."
Caroline Pryer, Ponteland Community Middle School
"Thank you for your support and advice earlier, most helpful. It’s very reassuring to have such sound advice"
Fiona Hims, Keresley Newland Primary Academy, Coventry