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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Have you paid your data protection fee?

Last year the regulator for data protection, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), began taking action…

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Update on design standard code for apps and websites accessed by children

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has recently closed its consultation on a draft code of…

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Review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015

An independent review into modern slavery legislation is gathering momentum and it could lead to…

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Updated GDPR Guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) sets out a number of requirements concerning personal data.…

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Six months in prison for employee accessing customer records

A motor industry employee has recently been sentenced to six months in prison for accessing…

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Design standard code planned for apps and websites used by children

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is one step closer to introducing design standards which providers…

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Controlling access to school premises

Whether it is a pupil that has been excluded or a parent behaving unacceptably at…

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Former headteacher fined for breach of data protection legislation

A former headteacher has been fined £700 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for unlawfully…

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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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