Parents are more aware of their rights and are quick to bring formal complaints. Issues that used to be settled via a conversation between students, teachers, parents and principals are now being taken to tribunals and courts.
We have represented the education sector for over 50 years, including many independent, systemic and state schools. Our lawyers provide compassionate support and well-founded advice that finds a sensible and commercial resolution to each problem.
We have been involved in representing schools on many of the major education cases that have been dealt with through the legal system. We have also helped to resolve many more of these without going to court through our expert skills in dispute resolution.
It is not an easy task for educators to keep abreast of changes in the legal environment, with a multitude of legal issues confronting the education sector ranging from negligence claims to discrimination complaints brought by students and teachers to less contentious issues, such as compliance and reporting requirements, complaints management, enrolment issues, third party agreements, property transactions and taxation advice.
Our team is structured to represent the interests of schools and to assist principals and school authorities to traverse the increasingly jagged legal landscape.