Eva is a senior associate in the children and education team.
Specialising exclusively in education law, Eva advises on special educational needs, Equality Act claims, admissions, exclusions and complaints. She also works collaboratively with other specialist departments in claims involving negligence or breach of contract relating to education settings and governance matters such as revising policy documents.
Eva is noted 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".
It is Eva's first-hand experience of special needs that fuels her passion for this area of legal work and informs her empathetic style of client care. She has a real understanding of what a struggle it can be to navigate this complex area of law. For parents seeking a place for their child at a 'super selective' grammar, a specialist independent or an oversubscribed primary school Eva understands that you know what is best for your child and that the stakes could not be higher. When a child's needs are not being met, they are not appropriately protected from bullying or they are excluded from their education setting, life can become untenable and the antidote to this is action.
She has specialist knowledge in neurodevelopmental conditions and a particular interest in cases involving 'dual exceptionality'. 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 volunteers for national charity IPSEA and forms part of the steering group that runs Richmond ADHD.
- 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
- 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