Lenka Wall is an associate solicitor in the children and education team.
Lenka advises parents and young people on all aspects of education law including special educational needs, admissions, exclusions, school transport and provision for children unable to attend school. Lenka's litigation expertise includes appeals to the First-tier and the Upper Tribunal, as well as judicial reviews. Lenka has dealt with cases of particular complexity including Tribunal appeals concerning children subject to a care order, unaccompanied children looked after by local authorities, and children with gender dysphoria, as well as appeals containing difficult litigation capacity issues. Lenka represents her clients in hearings before the First-tier Tribunal and in exclusion hearings.
Alongside education law, Lenka's previous practice included community care law and wider public law. Lenka's experience therefore includes obtaining support from social services for children and young people with additional needs. Lenka uses this expertise to conduct Tribunal appeals which include social care aspects of education, health and care plans.
Lenka ensures that children and young are provided with all the help and support that they are entitled to in order to achieve the best possible outcomes.
Lenka qualified as a solicitor in 2015 and joined Russell-Cooke in 2020.
- R (on the application of HA) v Hampstead School Governors  EWHC 278 (Admin) – advised parent of a pupil transferred by his school to a college for the purposes of improving his behaviour
- Successful judicial review challenge to a secondary school's refusal to admit a pupil contrary to a Fair Access Panel decision and subsequent direction of the pupil to a pupil referral unit in order to improve his behaviour; pupil permitted to continue his studies at the school following settlement of proceedings
- Local authority compelled to secure occupational therapy provision specified in a young person's Education, Health and Care Plan following settlement of judicial review proceedings
- Decision of governing board to uphold exclusion of a pupil from Wymondham College immediately prior to GCSEs quashed by independent review panel
- Successful Upper Tribunal challenge to a First-tier Tribunal's refusal to order speech and language therapy to be delivered to a child during summer holidays
- Local authority ordered by Tribunal to secure an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment for a young person with refugee status and history of very poor progress at college; the same local authority subsequently ordered by Tribunal to secure a robust package of special educational provision for the young person
- Placement at the Orpheus Centre, independent special college specialising in performing and visual arts, secured by settlement of Tribunal appeal for a young person with a sight impairment and learning difficulties
- Level 3 course place at Queen Alexandra College, independent special college, named by Tribunal for a young person with autism and speech and language disorder
- Placement at Foxes Academy, independent special post-16 institution, secured by settlement of Tribunal appeal for a young person with moderate learning difficulties
- Placement at Moor House School & College, non-maintained special school, secured for a child with specific language impairment following settlement of Tribunal appeal
- Placement at Aurora Hedgeway School, independent special school, named by Tribunal for a child with high functioning autism and a speech and language disorder
- Following settlement of a Tribunal appeal, extension of placement at Orchard Hill College secured until the end of the academic year for a young person who had reached the age of 25
- Placement at Centre Academy, independent special school, named by Tribunal for a child with high functioning autism
- Placement at the Moat School, independent special school, named by Tribunal for a child with severe dyslexia and history of non-engagement at school
- Placement at a small independent mainstream school secured for a child with a rare congenital disorder following settlement of Tribunal appeal
- Placement at Priory Lodge School, independent special school, secured for a child with autism, challenging behaviour a complex health needs following settlement of Tribunal appeal
- Placement at a special school with a hydrotherapy pool secured for a child with complex mobility needs following settlement of Tribunal appeal
- Placement at a very small independent special school secured following settlement of Tribunal appeal for a child with severe dyslexia and a history of failed placements and school refusal
- Substantial special educational provision ordered by Tribunal for two brothers with severe dyslexia and associated difficulties
- Local authority ordered by Tribunal to issue an Education, Health and Care Plan for a child with autism and depression
- Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment secured by way of settlement of Tribunal appeal for an asylum seeking young person with a history of poor progress at college
- Successful admission appeal for a place at a secondary academy with enhanced science provision
- Successful admission appeal for a faith-based primary school
Lenka gained her Master's degree in Law from the Law Faculty of Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Lenka subsequently completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at London Metropolitan University.