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Alex Line acts in Robert Sharp, R (on the application of) v The Office of the Schools Adjudicator.

Alex Line in the High Court. What is the OSA’s function when determining complaints about school admissions arrangements?

The High Court has recently handed down judgment in an important case relating to school admissions arrangements, and the Office of the School Adjudicator’s (‘OSA’) functions when considering complaints about them.  Alex Line acted for London Borough of Bromley. Alex Line acted for the second Interested Party, London Borough of Bromley, in a judicial review that was brought against the OSA by Mr Sharpe. Another interested party, the Impact Multi Academy Trust (which was the admissions authority in relation to the schools considered in the case) was also involved. The Secretary of State for Education intervened. The decision can be viewed here: Robert Sharp, R (on the application of) v The Office of the Schools Adjudicator. The case, had it…

News 26 May, 2023

Paul Rogers appointed part time First Tier Tribunal Judge

Paul Rogers appointed as part time First Tier Tribunal Judge

We are delighted to announce that Paul Rogers has been appointed as a Fee Paid Judge of the First Tier Tribunal. He will be assigned to the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber. Appointed after a competitive process, he is now authorised to sit in the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Tribunal. This adds to his recent appointment as an Assistant Coroner. Paul remains in full time practice, and as a specialist in Health & Safety matters both in the Coronial Courts and in Criminal Enforcement action. Paul Rogers’ practice Paul has a proven track record in handling complex investigations, trials and appeals as lead counsel, at both the domestic and international level. He represents company directors and individuals charged…

News 8 Mar, 2023

Alex Line successful in High Court judicial review challenge to school exclusion decision

In A Parent v Governing Body of XYZ School, Alex Line successfully represented the Defendant in a judicial review challenging a school exclusion decision, which has been dismissed by the High Court. The case concerned A Pupil, who had been permanently excluded from a maintained school for sending obscene images of a sexual nature to a younger female pupil from his mobile phone. This was against a background whereby the female pupil had made disclosures alleging serious sexual misconduct towards her by a number of pupils, including A Pupil, which had been referred to the police for investigation. The Head Teacher’s decision to exclude had initially been upheld by the school’s governing body. A Pupil’s parent then exercised her right…

News 16 May, 2022

Alex Line successful in Upper Tribunal appeal about EHC Plans

Alex Line was recently successful in an important Upper Tribunal appeal, JL (by EA as appointed person) v Somerset County Council. This appeal concerned the duration of an Education Health Care Plan and the reasons for the decision have now been published. The Background In JL (by EA as appointed person) v Somerset County Council [2021] UKUT 324 (AAC), Alex successfully represented the appellant. On 25 August 2021, Upper Tribunal Judge Ward gave a decision allowing the appeal and set aside the decision of the First-tier Tribunal. This case is of importance because it contains consideration of the meaning of the term ‘academic year’ and establishes that, in certain situations, an Education Health Care Plan can extend to the day…

News 13 Jan, 2022

Recent developments in the law of unjust enrichment and their relevance to disagreements about funding of special educational provision

Following the case of Surrey CC v NHS Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (2020), Alexander Line and Carin Hunt consider how the claim in restitution is of importance to those advising and representing local authorities. Analysing Surrey CC v Lincolnshire CCG, Alexander and Carin consider the law on unjust enrichment and the four key elements to a claim for unjust enrichment in their most recent article. The authors also consider the Clinical Commissioning Group’s defence of invoking the exclusivity principle laid down in O’Reilly v Mackman [1983] 2 A.C. 237. Considering the decision of the High Court, Alex and Carin contemplate the potential consequences for education law, including the restitution for costs incurred by public bodies and restitution for costs incurred…

Legal Blogs 10 Feb, 2021

Alex Line examines the impact of Coronavirus on examinations

A Level, GCSE and other exam results are currently being published but what effect has the pandemic had on results? Alex Line considers what is known about the recent policy decisions affecting students this summer, and analyses their potential impact from a legal perspective. A Level results were published today, with GCSE results due to be published soon after on 20th August 2020. As has been widely reported, significant changes to the examination process have been implemented at short notice due to the impact of Coronavirus. Alex Line considers what is known about the recent policy decisions affecting students this summer, and analyses their potential impact from a legal perspective. Article The article can be read here. About the Author Alex…

Covid-19 13 Aug, 2020

Barristers offer Zoom Discussion for BPTC students over recent exam problems with BSB and Pearson VUE

An independent group of barristers are providing a forum, chaired by OTC, for BPTC students to discuss and get advice about the difficulties encountered taking their exams this summer. The Bar Standards Board (BSB) exams have not gone well so far this year, first being postponed due to Covid-19, then suffering technical problems during the online exams. Back in May, the BSB announced that the centralised assessments on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and the Bar Transfer test (BTT) would be offered as computer based exams in August after the April exams had to be cancelled. Pearson VUE’s OnVUE secure global online proctoring solution was supposed to enable students and transferring qualified lawyers to sit the exams remotely. However…

Events 13 Aug, 2020

Alexander Line appointed to C Panel

We are delighted to announce that Alexander Line has been appointed to the Attorney General’s C panel. Alex’s appointment starts on 2 September and runs for five years. Government relies on the panels for advice, guidance and representation which means that Alex, ranked by Chambers & Partners for his expertise, will be available to carry out work for the Crown across his main areas of practice of public law and employment law. Alexander is a civil practitioner, whose practice is focused particularly on the areas of education, social welfare, court of protection, public law, employment and discrimination. He regularly appears in employment tribunals, county courts and different chambers of the First-Tier Tribunal. He also has High Court, Employment Appeal Tribunal,…

News 17 Jul, 2019

Lambeth & Southwark Council Tender win

Outer Temple Chambers is pleased to announce that it has been successful in its bid to provide external legal services to Lambeth and Southwark Councils for Employment and Education Law matters. This strengthens our relationship with numerous Boroughs of London and other Councils following further success in tender bids for the London Borough Legal Alliance (LBLA), whose new Framework started earlier in the year. Outer Temple provides high quality Barristers for Employment, Education and Public Law matters.

News 14 Sep, 2016

London Oratory School’s High Court challenge to the Office of the School’s Adjudicator

Fiona Scolding, led by James Goudie QC (11 KBW), has acted for the Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) in the case of the London Oratory’s appeal of the OSA decision against the school. The school decided to go to the High Court to challenge a number of OSA findings that aspects of its arrangements for 2014 and 2015 had breached the schools admissions code. Following a hearing last month, Mr Justice Cobb today gave judgment, choosing to quash the adjudicator’s decision in part. The court’s judgment can be found on the Bailii website.

News 16 Apr, 2015

Old Girls Allowed

On Thursday 23 May, Outer Temple Chambers was the venue for a rather unusual gathering, when Old Girls from Knighton House School – a prep school in Dorset – gathered from around the country to spend an evening ‘in conversation with Josceline Dimbleby’. Jossy Gaskell, as she was known when she attended Knighton in the 1950s, recalled memories of her time at the boarding school in Dorset and regaled the guests with stories of dungarees, bonfire night parties and dormitory fun and games. During her time at Knighton Josceline was a member of the choir and was noted for her singing, which is why the evening was made even more special with a performance by the school’s Chapel Choir who…

Events 3 Jun, 2013

No ordinary art fair

For the second consecutive year Outer Temple Chambers is proud to be a sponsor of the Bloomsbury Art Fair. The fair being held from 5 to 8 July brings together work from established and emerging artists at London House, Mecklenburgh Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 2AB All of the profits from the Bloomsbury Art Fair will be donated to Motivation, the Southern Spinal Injuries Trust and Walking with the Wounded. Walking With The Wounded During the course of military operations, many young men and women suffer horrific injuries. They face a long road to recovery and, for many, their future outside the Armed Forces is unsure. Walking with the Wounded raises funds to finance new qualifications, courses and further education for those…

Events 7 Jun, 2012

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