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Paul Watkins, Solicitor

Education

Direct Dial: +44 1242 216 173
Mobile: +44 7872 871 293

A bit about me

Whether you manage a school or an academy, it’s vital to have a trusted education law specialist to turn to when needed. I provide all kinds of schools with advice and offer support when they’re faced with challenging and complex complaints or issues, including data protection and GDPR, freedom of information, compliance, inspection and regulation, special educational needs, and equality. I work closely with Kristine Scott, Head of Education.

Before joining Harrison Clark Rickerbys, I was part of the in-house legal team for UCAS, where I gained a deep understanding of the legal challenges faced by schools and universities. I use this knowledge to quickly establish the issues that need to be resolved, and to determine the most cost-effective way of doing so. I’m committed to seeing clients achieve a successful outcome, and provide advice that’s tailored to each school and their unique culture.

My passion for education extends well beyond the workplace, and I enjoy learning new languages and discovering other cultures. I’m also a keen runner, and completed the Manchester Marathon in 2017.

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Expert training to keep schools up to date

The up to date information and expert advice on offer at our annual Schools HR Day is...

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KCSIE 2018 and GDPR: how they can work together

Schools will no doubt be aware that KCSIE 2018, statutory guidance for schools on safeguarding,…

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International data transfers in schools –

The ICO has recently updated its guidance on international data transfers, but how does it…

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Child sex abuse inquiry fined £200k by the ICO –

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has been fined £200,000 by the Information…

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Guidance on use of automated biometric recognition systems updated

The Department for Education (DfE) has issued updated advice for schools on the use of…

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GDPR day: the beginning of a journey

GDPR day (25 May) has come and gone and, much like the Y2K Millennium Bug,…

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