Chris joined Stone King in April 2017 as a Chartered Legal Executive 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  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.