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Chris Barnett

Associate Solicitor , Match Solicitors

Chris joined Match Solicitors as an Associate Solicitor in May 2015. He has over 10 years’ experience working in Education Law, and was previously head of a specialist Education, Disability and Public Law Department at Levenes Solicitors for over 7 years.

Chris deals with all forms of appeals and claims that are heard by the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal, and regularly represents parents in hearings at the Tribunal. In addition, Chris has acted in a number of appeals to the Upper Tribunal as well as being frequently instructed on Judicial Review proceedings in the High Court and appeals to the Court of Appeal.

He regularly acts for parents in both admissions and exclusion appeals before Admissions Appeals Panels (AAPs) and Independent Review Panels (IRPs). Additionally, Chris acts and advises on claims against Colleges and Universities, with a particular focus on disability discrimination matters. He has written and co-written articles published in the Education Law Review, Education Law Association Journal, Education, Public Law and the Individual, as well as the Education Law Update. Chris has spoken at national conferences and provided training to local authorities and schools on special educational needs and disability discrimination law.

Chris is recognised both within the 2017 Legal 500 and as a Star Associate within the Chambers UK 2018 legal rankings.