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Education Law

A child only has one chance to obtain the education they deserve. Rarely does one gain a second chance. Therefore it is vital to obtain specialist legal advice.

Watkins and Gunn can provide expert legal service putting the child's needs first.


Placing a child in the best school for their needs is vital. We can provide expert advice on how to ensure this and how to appeal should a child be refused their preferred school.


Exclusions – fixed or permanent – can have a devastating impact on a child's education. We can provide advice on how to challenge such exclusions.

Special Educational Needs

We can advise on the failure of schools and Local Authorities to provide appropriate education, to deal appropriately with a child’s disability, how to obtain or to appeal a statement of special judicial needs, disability discrimination etc.

School transport

We have acted for parents in several groundbreaking cases involving a pupil or student's right to free school transport.

School Closure and Reorganisation

We have been involved in some of the highest profile fights against school closures in recent years, launching Judicial Review actions on behalf of parents and schools threatened.

Higher Education for Disabled Students

Disabled young people aged 18 to 25 have a great battle to obtain further education with proper support and provision. This is a very specialised area of advice which we can provide unique expertise.


Our Michael Imperato is recognised as one of the leading lawyers in the country acting for parents and pupils fighting for the educational rights. He is a member of Education Lawyers Association, a former member of the Welsh Government National Independent Advocates Board, he has given expert advice on education law to both the Welsh and the Northern Ireland National Assemblies, he is a contributor to the Education Law Yearbook and has written and lectured extensively on the subject.


Reported Cases Include

R (on the application of Lloyd v Pembrokeshire County Council [2004] EWHC 2312 ( Hermon School Closure case) – High Court

Ceredigion CC v Jones & Others [2007] UKHL 24 – House of Lords

Re Roberts v Welsh Ministers (2011) EWHC 3416 Administrative Court 

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