Education and Public Sector

DRG members are well known for their sensitive education work. They understand the context in which such claims are litigated, and give practical advice on discrete areas of law and policy which reflects the diversity of interests, emotions and policy considerations in this area.

Our practitioners act for private and public sector clients including students, teachers, LEAs, Schools, Universities, Examination Bodies and Boards of Governors. They appear in all levels of internal disciplinary tribunals and courts, including the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Littleton members have acted as legal advisor to the General Teaching Council’s disciplinary panels and appeared before SENDIST panels. A number have experience as School Governors.

Key cases include:

  • R(G) v X School and Y City Council [2012] 1 AC 167:  Supreme Court lead case on the engagement of Article 6 ECHR rights in the internal employment disciplinary context.
  • Everett v University of East London [2009] EWCA Civ 402: Court of Appeal case involving a University Vice-Chancellor attempting to obtain an injunction to restrain his dismissal from office. Littleton provided lead and junior counsel to both parties in the case.
  • South Tyneside MBC v Anderson [2007] EWCA Civ 654: Court of Appeal judgment concerning equal pay claims against community schools. John Bowers QC was instructed for the Appellant.
  • Ahmed v Oxford University [2003] 1 WLR 995: Leading authority on the role of assessors in discrimination claims heard in the courts.
  • K v Newham London Borough Council [2002] EWHC 405 (Admin): Pupil’s challenge to refusal to admit her to a secondary school, alleging a breach of Article 2 of Protocol 1 ECHR.
  • R v Richmond LBC Appeal Committee, ex p JC [2001] ELR 21: Lead Court of Appeal case on school admissions.  

Members of the DRG act for public sector clients including Government Departments, Non Departmental Public Bodies, Local Government, NHS Trusts, Police, Fire Services, Ambulance Service, Schools and LEAS.

Our barristers have extensive experience of appearing in disciplinary cases in this sphere, and provided counsel to the Metropolitan Police in the Morris Inquiry into Professional Standards in the Metropolitan Police Service (2004).

Key cases include:

Re Chief Constable of North Yorkshire (2011): the first gross misconduct charge against a serving Chief Constable in 30 years.

Publications include John Bowers QC and Niran de Silva’s Police Conduct, Complaints and Efficiency (OUP).