5 Essex Court

Mark Thomas

Call 2006

Education

Mark has a longstanding interest and expertise in education law. He has been retained by a large Local Authority as in-house counsel advising schools in relation to all aspects of education law and is particularly experienced at providing advice directly to headteachers and governors.

Mark has advised and represented Local Authorities, individual schools, NHS Clinical Commissioners and parents. Examples of his education law practice include:

  • Advising and representing Local Authorities in relation to challenges to the delivery of provision in a Statement of Special Education Needs;
  • Advising in relation to professional disciplinary matters;
  • Advising in relation to exclusions
  • Advising schools in relation to educational appeals and clerking appeal hearings;
  • Representing schools at Employment Tribunals;
  • Advising in relation to governance and funding;
  • Providing tactical advice in commercial disputes relating to education providers;
  • Bringing and defending personal injury claims arising in an educational setting; and
  • Providing emergency advice in relation to safeguarding issues;
  • Advising the Welsh Government in relation to statutory provisions concerning training schemes;
  • Providing information law advice to alumni organisations.

Mark has spent almost 10 years as a trustee to several charities and trusts in the educational field and has advised extensively in relation to alumni development, marketing, governance and charity law.