Although Michael specialises in all areas of Education Law, he has built up an enviable reputation dealing with the more contentious aspects of school life including procedural issues, admissions, exclusions, parental complaints, and Equality Act claims.
Michael’s other skills include advising on many academy conversions, from single academy projects to multi academy conversion projects; advising on safeguarding issues, abuse allegations, policy drafting, general governance, best practice and whole school issues.
Michael has acted on many high profile cases, including advising the first independent school to appeal successfully against de-registration by the Secretary of State (Al Huda Girls’ School v Secretary of State  UKFTT 729 (HESC)). Michael’s other notable cases include a Supreme Court case on race discrimination in school admission policies (R (E) v Governing Body of JFS  UKSC 15), supporting a school in the High Court successfully defending its uniform policy in the context of a pupil’s right to wear her veil (X v Y School  EWHC 298 (Admin)).
Outside work Michael is extremely active in the education field acting as a school governor and writing education law editorials for a number of titles within the sector. He also regularly delivers training on educational issues.
“I would like to thank you and your team for all the work you have undertaken to achieve our conversion to academy status at the beginning of this month.”
The Peasedown St John Primary School