Our education team are recognised specialists in discrimination law with specific expertise in disability discrimination claims. No child or young person should be discriminated against because of their disability, race or gender by their school.

Many schools do not know or understand that their actions can even be considered as unlawful discrimination, others sadly act in wilful ignorance of their duties. Our specialist team can help stop the discrimination, hold those responsible to account and ensure your child is able to complete their education free from adverse and degrading treatment.

A parent can bring a disability discrimination claim against their school to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal. A successful claim will result in a finding that a school has discriminated against a child, a letter of apology and other practical solutions such as training for staff. A finding of disability discrimination can also lead to further legal action in the civil courts, teacher disciplinary proceedings as well as adverse publicity for those responsible. In race or gender discrimination cases, claims can be brought in the County Court and successful claims will result in damages being awarded.

Geldards offers a free telephone consultation to all parents, which means you will have the opportunity to discuss your child’s case with an expert lawyer before deciding on what action to take. We will always provide honest and impartial advice regarding the strength of your case and whether you should pursue it. Contact us now and arrange a free telephone consultation with one of our expert lawyers who will discuss your child’s case with you, in plain English without any legal jargon. Our lawyers will consider your child’s case and help you understand the best steps forward to stop discrimination and hold those responsible to account.

Services we provide:

  • Advising on whether a child has been discriminated against because of their disability, race or gender by their school

  • Advising on whether any discrimination by a school - due to a student’s disability, race or gender - can be resolved internally through a school’s complaints process without any further legal action

  • Advising and conducting disability discrimination claims against a school in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal

  • Advising on discrimination claims to the County Court

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Adam Friel


Partner, London

+44 (0)20 7489 6448


Kevin McManamon


Senior Associate, London

020 7489 6446