Christopher Jones

Associate
Education Team

Chris is an associate in the Education Team.

Chris has come from LGSS Law (formerly Cambridgeshire County Council’s legal department) where he worked with a number of local authority and academy clients.

He is experienced in admissions and exclusions gained from acting as Clerk to Independent Appeal Panels and Independent Review Panels, and in responding to any Local Government Ombudsman and ESFA referrals and judicial review applications that arose. He has also appeared in the Magistrates’ Court to prosecute parents for school non-attendance offences and now advises Academies on all aspects of behaviour, exclusions, admissions and attendance.

Chris often acts for Responsible Bodies in the SEND tribunal and acted for the Responsible Body in X Endowed Primary School Governing Body v Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal [2009] IRLR 1007. He continues to advise schools on all aspects of SEN and discrimination.

Since joining Stone King, Chris has developed his practice in resolving parental complaints, particularly where the issues are complex (often involving associated data protection and freedom of information requests or equality issues) and have become protracted. Chris is an experienced trainer and has recently delivered seminars on complaints, exclusions and admissions.

As well as being a qualified CILEx lawyer he has a Masters degree in international law and has recently passed the BCS Foundation Certificate in Data Protection (2018). Although he now specialises in education law Chris has experience in civil litigation, regulatory prosecutions and adult social care.

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    "I have found Chris to be absolutely outstanding in everything he has been involved in and for us and nothing is ever too much trouble for him. , I find him to be an absolutely great bloke; easy to talk to, always energised and who you can enjoy that all-important ‘good laugh’ with too."

    C A Wakefield - Maldon's Community Academy

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    "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."

    Emma Bell

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    "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

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    "Your advice is always thorough, comprehensive and clear.  Very valuable."

    Sabin Qureshi, Folio Education Trust

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    "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
     

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    "Many thanks for your swift response, much appreciated and very helpful."

    Sam Strickland, The Duston School

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    "Thank you Chris for...your advice. We appreciate your wisdom as this helps us understand the wider situation."

    Caroline Pryer, Ponteland Community Middle School

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    "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

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