Eva is a senior associate and head of education law in the children and education team.
As a result of Eva's advice and representation, children and young people receive education provision and placements that enable them to thrive and reach their potential. With her support parents are empowered to overcome challenges they face navigating the education system through her solution focused and where necessary robust approach to problem solving.
Eva advises on special educational needs, Equality Act claims, admissions, exclusions, complaints, transport, exam malpractice and school governance. She also supports our specialist teams in claims involving negligence or breach of contract, occurring in education settings and forms part of a cross-departmental team of lawyers advising schools on all aspects of governance with a view to ensuring best practice and compliance with statutory obligation.
Eva is ranked in Chambers UK (2019), in which one source notes: "She can identify the key issues in a case, unpack the legal complexities and explain it in a way the client can fully understand," adding: "She has a thorough, strategic grasp of her cases".
Eva is also noted in The Legal 500 (2019) as having "excellent knowledge and great empathy".
Eva is regularly called upon by the media including BBC News and Radio for expert opinion on topical education issues.
It is Eva's personal experience of special needs, disability and exclusion that fuels her passion for this area of legal work and prompted her transition from a successful career in criminal litigation and extradition. She has a real understanding of what a struggle it can be to navigate this complex area of law and it is this that informs her empathetic style of client care.
Eva has specialist knowledge in neurodevelopmental conditions including those involving 'dual exceptionality' and has a particular interest in cases involving gender variance. She firmly believes that the problem with trying to fit a square peg into a round hole is not that the hammering is hard work; rather that you're destroying the peg!
Eva remains concerned by inequality of opportunity and access to justice in education. She volunteers for national charity IPSEA and supports Richmond, Southwark and Lambeth ADHD and the National Organisation for Foetal Alcohol Syndrome through the provision of free education law information and advice seminars.
- Treloar’s – independent specialist school named by way of settlement following appeal to Tribunal for child with Joubert’s Syndrome
- Successful admissions appeal for 'super selective' Tiffin Grammar School for child living outside the recently introduced priority catchment area
- Ingfield Manor - independent residential special school offering continuous Conductive Education named. This followed an appeal to First Tier Tribunal against Bexley Councils placement for child with Cerebral Palsy, Dystonic Quadriplegia and profound hearing loss
- Reinstatement of child with ASD, apology to parents and staff training following Equality Act claim against Surrey independent school
- New College Worcester specialist non-maintained school for visually impaired children named for child with severe sight impairment
- Kingswood House - mainstream independent school named for child with ADHD and Asperger’s, ODD, PDA and Sensory Processing Disorder. This followed successful appeal to First Tier Tribunal against SEN statement issued by Richmond-upon-Thames
- West Heath School named for child with PDA, Anxiety Disorder and other complex needs
- Education Health and Care Plan naming ASD specialist unit at ‘outstanding’ Oakington Manor School in Brent secured for 4 year old with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder and Speech and Language delay
- successful challenge to Hertfordshire County Council Admissions Departments regarding "qualifying home address" for infant class admission
- removal of exclusion, staff training and apology for disability discrimination: failure to make reasonable adjustments following Equality Act claim against ASD unit attached to mainstream secondary school
- successful infant class size appeal to Brent Council based on incorrect calculation of ‘shortest walking distance’
- successful appeal against Lambeth Council's refusal to assess child with multiple complex needs including Asperger’s, Developmental Coordination Delay, Sensory processing issues
- apology, re-training and revision of policies by maintained primary school following complaint to the Governors for failures in their handling of a child protection matter
- successful settlement of appeal for child of 'dual exceptionality' at selective independent school
- First choice school places secured for children from overseas residing in the UK following challenge to discriminatory admission criteria
- Apology and additional welfare and safeguarding support implemented following complaint about handling of bullying against a Kent Academy School
- Successful admission to Kingsdale Secondary School following notice of appeal conceded without a hearing
- school non-attendance prosecution by Richmond Council dropped following comprehensive representations
- Pupil allowed to sit his GCSE’s following exclusion from independent school for possession of prohibited substances following negotiation
- Site ban imposed by federation academy against parent lifted following representations
- EHCP secured for Brighton & Hove based boy with no diagnosed condition
- Mainstream school place secured for child with complex neurodevelopmental needs following parental objection to local authority preferred specialist placement
- Southwark LA agree to assess child with brittle bone disease, ADHD and dyslexia following appeal against initial refusal to assess
- Identified as a notable practitioner in Chambers UK (2018). Sources say "Eva has an excellent understanding of the law in this area. She is meticulously organised and it is obvious she really cares about her clients".
- Described in The Legal 500 (2017) as "compassionate and understanding" and "passionately devoted to the area of work and really goes the extra mile to get results for her clients"
- The Legal 500 (2015) "highly recommend" Eva, she has won praise for her "client care, attention to detail and expertise"
- Recognised by Thomson Reuters (2015) as a 'Super Lawyer’
- Read Law at The University of Westminster graduating with First Class Honours and completed her legal studies at the College of Law London