Ian is a barrister with over 20 years’ experience.  Ian has attended hundreds of admission appeal hearings on behalf of parents, schools and as legal advisor (clerk) to the appeal panel.  Ian provides training on the appeals process to panel members, school governors and legal advisors.
Ian also undertakes exclusion reviews, special needs tribunals and other education work relating to pupil discipline, governors, school staff & employment, NQT appeals, school finance & property, free schools, SEN  & disability, academies/free schools, & Ombudsman complaints.
Ian appears regularly on BBC TV & radio and in the national press to comment on school appeals & admissions. Follow Ian on his school appeal blog & via Twitter.
Ian also undertakes a wide range of other direct access work (usually for a fixed fee), as well as accepting instructions from solicitors.  This includes providing advice, drafting documents and attending hearings at all levels of courts, tribunals and appeal panels.
Unlike many appeal service providers, Ian can provide fully-qualified legal advice, backed by experience, at a time that suits your needs - Ian can be contacted outside of normal office hours, at evenings and weekends. See what Ian’s satisfied customers have said about this service.

FIXED FEE school appeals -



identify best arguments & draw up written appeal grounds

APPEAL HEARING - £1000 + travel

present your arguments at the hearing and disputing the school’s arguments of prejudice (includes conference immediately before the hearing)

FULL SUPPORT - £1500 + travel

combined package, includes analysis of your strongest arguments, writing grounds of appeal, conference immediately before hearing and full presentation of your case to the appeals panel

ADVICE LINE - expert advice by phone/email also available

For more complex appeals, a higher fee may be agreed in advance


QUOTATIONS FOR OTHER WORK AVAILABLE ON REQUEST - contact legal@school-appeal.org.uk


For advice or representation at your hearing

Contact Ian Jones (email preferred):


Tel:  07771 961 962    Fax:  0116 312 0180

Advice can be provided urgently if required, but please note that Ian Jones does not provide a free legal advice service and will require a signed contract and payment before undertaking any work.  Payment accepted by bank transfer, credit/debit card via Paypal, or by cheque.



Ian Jones attends hearings throughout England & Wales

School appeal s: Bath, Bedford, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Brighton, Bristol, Bury St. Edmunds, Cambridge, Cardiff, Coventry, Derby, Exeter, Gloucester, Guildford, Hereford, Ipswich, Leeds, Leicester, Lincoln, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Reading, St. Albans, Sheffield, Shrewsbury, Southampton, Stratford, Taunton, Warwick, Watford, Worcester, York

Main local appeal venues:

Ian Jones attends appeal hearings across England & Wales, including:

Within the London area, appeal venues include:
Harrow, Uxbridge, Hounslow, Staines, Slough, Windsor, Wembley, Ealing, Richmond, Kingston upon Thames, Hammersmith, Barnet, Hatfield, Finchley, Muswell Hill, Islington, Westminster, Sutton, Croydon, Bromley, Camden, Hackney, Greenwich, Lewisham, Woolwich, Dartford, Barking, Romford, Hertford, Harlow, Luton, Stevenage

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If your child has been refused a place at the school of your choice, you have the right to appeal.  If you need help to prepare your appeal, someone to present your case to the appeal panel, or just some sound advice, Ian Jones can provide a range of school appeal services to suit your needs and budget.



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