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Whether you manage a school or an academy, you need a trusted education law specialist to help you to handle the many complex and challenging issues you face, from parental complaints to exclusions, from safeguarding to compliance.

Data protection is also a key issue for schools, as well as for charities and a range of businesses. I can advise both strategically and practically when you face regulatory scrutiny on matters such as subject access requests, personal data breaches and freedom of information requests because I have considerable experience of dealing with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

My previous experience as part of the in-house legal team for UCAS and UCAS Media Limited means that I have a deep understanding of the legal and data challenges faced by a range of data rich organisations, so I’m well-placed to advise on successful resolutions.

My passion for education extends well beyond the workplace – I enjoy learning new languages and discovering other cultures.

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New regulations on providing remote education information to parents

We have received a number of queries from schools on the Education (Coronavirus, Remote Education…

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GDPR, H&M and excessive monitoring of employees

During the pandemic, schools are likely to be collecting more personal data on employees than…

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Repetitive Subject Access Requests: a recent ruling

Schools are as entitled as any other organisation to refuse to respond to a subject…

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Backing talent from trainee to partner promotions

Two new partners lead the promotions round at Harrison Clark Rickerbys, with a range of…

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Reopening of schools in England: INSET days and face coverings

English schools have now welcomed their pupils back and are tackling the challenges of a…

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Reopening of schools in England: INSET days and face coverings

At this time English schools will be working hard to welcome back all their pupils…

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Reopening sports facilities in schools for private hire

Many schools will have sports facilities that are, in normal circumstances, open to members of…

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Latest news from the ICO

The regulator for data protection – the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) - continues to publish…

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New guidance on re-opening secondary and senior schools from 15 June

On 25 May 2020 the DfE issued new guidance for secondary schools (including senior schools)…

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Webinar for schools: How to manage a phased re-opening during Covid-19

Watch Kristine Scott, Head of Education at Harrison Clark Rickerbys, with Rachel Parkin and…

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Should schools record live online lessons?

The DfE is due to publish separate guidance on providing education remotely which may address…

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Data protection: how to protect your business with increases in recorded data

Many employees are now working from home and technology is playing a huge role in…

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Latest news from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)

Over recent weeks there have been a number of developments at the ICO which will…

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Your employee wants their personal information – do you know what to do?

Most employers know that employees have a legal right to access ‘personal information’ about themselves.…

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ICO update on timescales for responding to a subject access request

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has recently announced an update to their guidance on timescales…

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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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