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Edulaw Chambers

    Edulaw Chambers provides specialist advice, advocacy and training in education law. We regularly act for local authorities, schools/academies, as well as parents and young people. We are particularly successful in advising clients as to how to resolve their disputes positively without resorting to costly litigation.

    We provide advice, representation, advocacy and dispute resolution. Areas include school admissions and exclusions, independent appeal panels and review panels, judicial review and public law, special educational needs and disability, Equality Act issues, educational policies and procedures.

    Areas of Practise

    We provide specialist education law advice on a range of policy and procedural issues. Always practical and outcome focused. Topics include:

    • -    school admissions and exclusions
    • -    advice regarding decisions of independent appeal panels or independent review panels
    •  -   representation in all education related judicial reviews
    •  -  practical advice on the Equality Act for schools and academies, for example how to plan for school trips to ensure there is no disability discrimination
    •  -   how to ensure good policies and procedures are in place so as to avoid legal challenges
    •  -  advice on bullying and school discipline
    •  -   all areas of special educational needs and disability, including disputes over the contents of the statement of special educational needs
    •  -  representation in front of the First – Tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) and appeals to the Upper Tribunal – both as regards special educational needs or disability discrimination claims
    •  -   negligence claims against local authorities relating to school trips, failure to diagnose or provide for special educational needs
    •  -  Human Rights Act challenges regarding education
    •  -   issues relating to school uniform and freedom of religion

    Tanya is able to undertake work on a public access basis; in other words directly for a school, individual or organisation, without the need for a solicitor also to be instructed.

    She also accepts instructions via solicitors or in-house legal departments.


    Through Edulaw Training, Tanya Callman provides bespoke education law training to local authorities, individual organisations and conference organisers. Training days are fast-paced and informative, providing value for money and relevant updates on law, practice and procedure.

    Training is provided on a bespoke basis, often in-house. Tanya is happy to train small groups or address large audiences. Topics include school admissions and exclusions, the Equality Act for schools and academies, special educational needs, disability and the Human Rights Act.

    In particular, Tanya provides training to meet the mandatory training requirements for independent appeal panel members and clerks regarding school admissions. School exclusions training covers mandatory training requirements for the independent review panel member and clerks, or for SEN experts.

    Tanya additionally regularly chairs events such as the Education Law Association’s annual conferences. Tanya is very happy to discuss your individual training requirements and plan a day that best meets your needs.

    Contact us for either Bar work or Training

    We are an approachable set of Chambers specialising in education law. Contact us whether you have a dispute involving litigation,  require training, or just want common sense legal advice. We pride ourselves on being approachable and offering a personal and cost effective service.


    Tanya Callman3Tanya Callman

    MA Cantab, Exhibitioner at Peterhouse, Cambridge

    Tanya was called to the Bar in 1993 and practised as a barrister at the Chambers of Lord Campbell of Alloway QC, 2 Kings Bench Walk, Temple. In 2007, she set up Edulaw Training, a bespoke lecturing business providing training on education law.

    In 2012, Tanya founded Edulaw Chambers, alongside Senior Clerk Sally Collyer. Tanya practises as a sole practitioner at the Bar. She also accepts public access instructions. Tanya has appeared regularly before all types of Courts and Tribunals advising local authorities on a wide range of education law and policy issues. She has also acted for parents and children as well as for many independent schools and academies.

    Tanya has been recognised as a leading practitioner in education law by both of the main legal directories, “Chambers & Partners” and   “Legal 500”. She represented the City of Westminster in the first case of an appeal from the decision of the (then) Special Educational Needs Tribunal (S v Special Educational Needs Tribunal and the City of Westminster) – taking the case ultimately to the Court of Appeal.

    Tanya is Consultant Editor of Education, Public Law and the Individual, the journal which she founded. She is a member of the Practical Law Company Public Sector Consultation Board.

    A founder member of the Advisory Group for the National Autistic Society ’s Advocacy for Education Service, Tanya has also been involved with a range of educational and special educational needs charities. She was co-Chair of an access advisory group on disability issues. She regularly Chairs the Education Law Association  ’s annual conferences.

    Tanya has appeared on Legal Network Television, presented a paper at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, written for Judicial Review and contributed course material for the Open University.


    Contact details:

    EduLaw Chambers
    Central Court
    25 Southampton Buildings

    Tel: Clerk 07749 330475


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