Who We Are
We are outcome-focused lawyers. We do not allow time and money to be wasted taking academic or hopeless points. The education professionals we work with are intelligent, dedicated people capable of reflecting upon their own situation; our expertise is in helping them through their difficulties.
Our joint expertise is recognised by the four main teaching unions in England, two of whom frequently instruct us to represent their members in complex and high profile cases. We also work directly with many teachers who require a bespoke legal service.
Andrew understands the landscape of teacher regulation inside out. Following a career as a criminal barrister, Andrew worked as an in-house prosecutor for the General Teaching Council for England from 2005-10. He knows the personalities and philosophies that continue to shape the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) and the Department of Education’s approach to teacher misconduct.
Since 2010 Andrew has used his skills to help regulated professionals, building an unrivaled reputation in this field as a pragmatic defender of teachers and headteachers facing allegations of misconduct or other difficulties at work.
Colin is a tenacious litigator who has honed his case preparation skills over two decades of managing cases at every level from Tribunals to the Supreme Court. He has supported thousands of clients whilst working in the non-profit sector and in private practice across the fields of education, employment, property and public law.
He brings a sympathetic but rigorous approach to his cases. He has many years of advocacy experience before courts and tribunals and has represented teachers before the TRA since 2016.
Both of us are committed to providing personal support in professional crises whilst achieving the best possible results. All professionals, including lawyers and teachers, should reflect on their practice continuously and their regulators expect this. We set up our regulatory defence law firm, The Reflective Practice, based on this principle in 2015 and have been helping teachers and other professionals ever since.
Our notable cases include the High Court appeal which clarified there is a public interest in retaining good teachers in the profession despite their misconduct. The Reflective Practice site gives more information on our approach to legal practice.
We combine the expertise of a solicitor conducting litigation and a barrister concentrating on advocacy. More information on our firm’s regulation by the Bar Standards Board is available from them here.