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Alex Line specialises in the areas of education, employment and discrimination, court of protection, and public law. He has a busy advisory and advocacy practice, regularly appearing in the Employment Tribunal, County Court and the First-Tier Tribunal. He has High Court, Employment Appeal Tribunal, Upper Tribunal, and Court of Appeal experience. He has been appointed to the Attorney General’s panel of counsel to the Crown (C Panel) and the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s panel of counsel (B Panel).
Alex’s public law work is focused principally on the areas of education, community care, health, and mental capacity. Please refer to Alex’s education and court of protection profiles for further details. He has significant experience of judicial review litigation. Such experience includes:
- Representing a local authority as an interested party in claim brought by a child against a school that had refused to admit her notwithstanding that it was named in her EHC Plan.
- Representing a student in a claim concerning the procedural fairness of internal academic misconduct proceedings within a university. Upon the student obtaining permission to proceed at an oral permission hearing, the university conceded the claim.
- Representing the claimant in the first ever judicial review challenge against an Independent Review Panel decision (R (CR) v Independent Review Panel of London Borough of Lambeth  EWHC 2461 (Admin)).
- Advising a school in respect of a judicial review claim against a local authority in relation to the high number of SEN students being admitted to it through EHC Plans.
- Representing a claimant in a claim under section 19 of the Education Act 1996 and Article 2 of Protocol 1 ECHR, in relation to a local authority’s failure to provide home education.
- Drafting a response to a pre-action protocol letter on behalf of a further education college, in response to which the claimant did not pursue her claims.
- Representing the claimant in a successful challenge to an assessment of needs under the Care Act 2014, and decision to move the claimant to a different care home (R (JF) v London Borough of Merton  EWHC 1519)).
- Representing the claimant in a claim against a grammar school in respect of its admission procedure.
- Representing a student in proceedings against a decision of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education.
- Advising in respect of any unlawful exclusion ‘off-rolling’ judicial review against two schools and a local authority.
Appointments & Memberships
- Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel to the Crown (C Panel)
- Equality and Human Rights Commission Panel of Counsel (B Panel)
- Education Lawyers Association
- Employment Lawyers Association
- Bedingfield Scholarship, Gray’s Inn
- Reid Scholarship, Gray’s Inn
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Areas of Law
- Commercial & Chancery
- Court of Protection
- Disciplinary & Regulatory
- Employment & Discrimination
- Public Law
“He’s very much a go-to for complex cases – very adaptable and really good on his feet.” “He is very sensitive to the client’s needs.” Education, Chambers and Partners 2021
“Very clever with a first-class grasp of the law relating to SEN.” Education, Legal 500 2021
“He is extremely knowledgeable, approachable, bright and effective.” Education, Chambers and Partners 2020
“He’s an incredible researcher and a great listener. You can always be confident in his advice.” Education, Chambers and Partners 2020
“Very clever with a first-class grasp of the law relating to SEN.” Education, Legal 500 2020
“He’s a very solid advocate, a good cross-examiner and always nice to deal with.” Education, Chambers and Partners 2019
“Alex Line is a rising star for education and appeals.” Education, Chambers and Partners 2019
“Alex always provides detailed and thoroughly thought-through advice. He is able to handle difficult clients in all situations and is very good value considering the high level of expertise and the quality of work he brings to his cases.” Education, Chambers and Partners 2018