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Education Professionals

Disputes come in all shapes and sizes, and often when you least expect them, however Blacks Solicitors’ expert Education team can assist you with any legal challenges you might face.

The application of employment law in schools and educational institutions is slightly different to other professions (specifically in relation to the academic year and holiday entitlement, safeguarding, notice periods, and references). However the education sector sadly resembles wider industry with individual employment rights not always fully respected, and HR practices not always following the letter of the law (or best practice).

Blacks’ Education team specialise in helping employees of schools and educational institutions who have experienced employment issues at work, and use their experience and skills to provide clear and practical advice, at reasonable costs.

Our team can advise on matters such as Protected Conversations that have perhaps lost their protected status (and associated Settlement Agreements), disciplinary processes which are/or have been carried out without full regard to the relevant ACAS Code of Practice, discrimination on the grounds of protected characteristics, and harassment, victimisation, and whistleblowing.

We work to achieve the best results possible for our clients, and will avoid the need to go to Court by using Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) including Mediation where possible. However, where we are unable to avoid Court proceedings we are experienced at representing clients in the Employment Tribunal.

In addition, our Education team draw on a broad range of skills and experience from across the Firm, so we can always find the right person to advise you with your legal needs. Some of the other ways in which we are able to assist you are listed below:


For more information about Blacks’ services, or for a free no obligation discussion, please email or call our Education team today on 0113 207 0000.

What our clients say

  • I had the misfortune of going through an unfair dismissal. The advice and professional way Euan Lawrence handled my case was exceptional. Thanks to Euan and Blacks I won my case!

  • Our main contact, Paul Kelly, is very approachable and can be relied upon for fast and accurate advice. We have worked with him for a number of years and he has an excellent understanding of our organisation and requirements. He is pro-active in his approach and works with us to find pragmatic solutions to employment related problems.

  • David Ward was my designated solicitor and he was like a breath of fresh air. His charisma and his dedication and commitment to my case was outstanding and everything he said and did was in the true Yorkshire fashion- no ifs, buts or maybes, just sound straightforward advice that was very easy to take in and understand. Win or lose his attitude was spot on from day one and I couldn’t have wished for anyone better to represent me.

  • This firm has a second-to-none team of lawyers in all areas of law. It is our first port of call for all our business especially employment issues. The employment team are outstanding and offer regular updates on all points of law both via email posts and in-house seminars. l would recommend them to  any company or individual.

  • The team makes every effort to develop a good understanding of the business and respond in a way that shows consideration and pragmatism.

  • The unique quality for me is their client care which is consistently outstanding. Due to their genuine client care, they instil loyalty which leads to recommendations. I am a champion for Blacks because I have been involved over many years with various aspects of their employment services and they excel in their legal advice, honest delivery and time management of service delivery. Having previously worked with other firms, Blacks are the cream of the crop in my opinion.

  • Excellent on every level especially Tom Moyes who is not only an experienced lawyer but also has unrivalled customer attitude – always responding quickly to my questions and making himself available whenever there is an urgent issue to discuss. Working with him has contributed to my wellbeing and sanity during some of the most difficult times in my career.

  • Richard Parr is an all-round employment law guru who gives commercial, practical advice. I can’t rate him highly enough.

  • Tom Moyes is nothing other than proficient and professional. Tom always takes the time to fully understand the issue within the context of our business understanding all aspects before providing informed and educated information.

  • Both Chris Allen and Paul Kelly are genuinely interested in their clients – too many firms are simply focused on money and billing and the whole Blacks attitude is refreshing in a highly competitive Leeds market.

  • Very practical and down to earth. Their key mission is to find you a solution to your problem without putting unnecessary barriers in the way. They have always been brilliant when I have referred them to my clients and contacts.

  • Paul Kelly provides an incredibly professional service; he is responsive, pragmatic and commercially astute with a depth of experience to draw on.

  • Paul Kelly is exceptionally intellectual, personable, caring, acts with impeccable integrity, always provides ‘to the point’ advice, works tirelessly, supports and encourages clients beyond his paid work to develop them in their line of business.

  • Paul Kelly genuinely leads not manages his team. They are all encouraged to think for themselves but to do the right thing for the client.

  • Richard provided us with advice in the early stages of setting up our business and he was a great support, providing plenty of reassurance and practical, commercial advice along the way. We found Richard to be extremely responsive and excellent to deal with. We wouldn’t hesitate in recommending him to any business or individual looking for employment law advice.

  • I write my review with very emotional feelings. David and his colleagues have been my rock, confidant and counsellor at some point for the past 9 months. Without their help and support I would not be where I am today… There was nothing I needed to do. They took ALL the stress and worry away from me so that I could concentrate on my recovery. I am happy to say that because of the support that I received from them, my husband has a wife back and children have their mother.

  • The usual professional service I have become accustomed to from Blacks Solicitors.

  • Blacks was recommended to me by three people, all of whom said you were the best! Many thanks to all the team who looked after this difficult situation for me.

  • Couldn’t fault it, efficient at every step. Felt like it was a big enough firm to have the required ‘clout’ and reputation but small enough to feel like a personal service.

  • Very honest, with a personal touch showing they want to give you the best advice. They’re truthful on the reality and strength of your case, given the facts. They manage expectations well.

  • David Ward was extremely professional throughout but he was also very personable and took all of my concerns and individual issues on board, right from the very beginning. He worked tirelessly and was always available to help when I had any questions or when things got difficult. 
Without David I really would have been lost but with him on my side it was pretty plain sailing actually. He worked with me to document my story and the evidence I had access to, in a very clear and concise format. He ultimately helped translate my thoughts and experiences to the other party and got me the outcome I feel I deserved. I hope I never need a lawyer like David again but he would be the only person I would want, should that ever happen.

  • I contacted Blacks for advice with employment issues and within twenty minutes David Ward called me. I felt completely reassured after speaking to David that I would be represented by a first rate solicitor. The service David provided was highly professional and efficient. I would recommend David Ward from Blacks Solicitors to anyone facing employment related issues.

  • David Ward expertly handled a dispute I had with my employer after I had become dissatisfied with my union’s handling of it. Professional and positive from the outset and throughout, David transmitted his confidence to me, and it was not misplaced. In securing an outcome I was happy with, David was as efficient as he was personable at all times, responding to emails decisively and promptly, and often out-of-hours. I would not hesitate to recommend him or, by extension, Blacks. An impressive, excellent service from beginning to end.

  • Superb support and service. They were professional, responsive, efficient, understanding & sympathetic to my situation. Thank you Blacks, but mainly thank you to David Ward, who was excellent to deal with and whose approach and person-ability made it obvious that my choice of Blacks was going to be the right one; the service that he provided was immensely appreciated and effective with the eventually (and efficiently) reached settlement being something I was more than satisfied with. Highly recommended.

  • I was very pleased with the advice, assistance, performance and outcome of my settlement negotiations. David Ward and the team were in contact within 24hrs of my initial request for assistance and available at any point through the negotiation process. David was pleasant, reliable and thoroughly efficient. The outcome was a success and David’s ability allowed for peace of mind. I would recommend to anyone who needs employment advice or settlement assistance.

  • I was in urgent need of employment law advice and was contacted by David Ward at Blacks within 24 hours. David handled my case from start to finish in a personable, timely and professional manner. He was extremely knowledgeable and always on hand to explain things when further clarification was needed. Most importantly for me David was often able to put my mind to rest when the processes became stressful.

  • I was referred to Blacks Solicitors late one night and quickly received a phone call from David Ward who agreed to assist, and would phone me again the next morning, after he had looked over my documents. True to his word David phoned the next morning and explained with clarity the contents of the documents. David resolved my issue swiftly and in a professional manner. I would highly recommend Blacks Solicitors.

  • In need of a solicitor’s advice, I came across Blacks via an online search and was immediately put in contact with David Ward. David was very professional and efficient and I received very confident advice that enabled me to achieve the right result. I found his advice to be precise and consistent and his speedy response via email and telephone made life so easy for me. Thank you for your persistency and support in resolving the matter. I will definitely recommend David and Blacks to colleagues and friends alike.

  • David Ward very much surpassed my expectations in terms of the great service he provided and his commitment to resolving the tricky issues in my settlement agreement case. David is very knowledgeable in this area and was willing to explain things to me quite a few times (without any of the stuffiness I have experienced from solicitors in the past). I am confident that I received expert advice throughout on how to proceed. I am more than happy with how my case was handled and would definitely recommend him to anyone.

  • I came across Blacks Solicitors through a google search. David Ward was my contact and couldn’t have been more helpful if he tried. From start to finish he was only interested in making my life as easy as possible, through speed of process and how we dealt with matters. This was my first experience using a solicitor and I can definitely say that I will be going to Blacks in the future should I ever find the need to do so. I have already recommended David and the company to a few colleagues.

  • From the first phone call with Blacks I felt in good hands. David Ward handled my case. He was knowledgeable, reassuring, informative, approachable and professional. He also resolved the matter quickly. I would highly recommend and will certainly be using him for all my employment law.

  • Thank you David Ward for your very efficient and effective service. You made something that looked quite complicated and daunting very easy and understandable. Very impressed with the speed that the whole process took, much appreciated.

  • David Ward has been fantastic. 
His knowledge and professional expertise got me through a very difficult time… Before he acted for me I felt confused, intimidated and totally out of my depth. Once David was involved he took all the stress away from me, kept me informed every step of the way, listened to me, calmed me when I got upset and emotional and with his extensive knowledge of employment laws, he tied my employer up in legal knots and secured me a settlement three times what I was offered, a decent reference and got my legal fees paid too!

  • My husband and I both used Blacks this year for employment issues. David Ward was excellent, very professional and helpful. He always returned our phone calls and emails promptly. He was very informative and kept us up to date all the time. We would definitely use Blacks again.

  • I was in contact with David Ward who is very responsive and efficient. He always answered very quickly to any requests per emails or phone which was very helpful in a situation requiring quick feedback. Thank you for your professionalism! I would highly recommend his service!

  • David Ward was a highly skilled and knowledgeable solicitor. He responded quickly and efficiently to my questions, calls and emails, and provided me with accurate and concise information. I would recommend his services to anyone.

  • David proved to be supportive, knowledgeable and professional, whilst at the same time being very personable. David demonstrated his expertise and tenacity in identifying solutions and delivering a positive outcome. I would certainly work with David in the future and would readily recommend him.

  • David Ward responded very quickly to every contact I made. He was exceptionally adept at sifting through the mass of information I gave him to get to the root of the case and analysing it very succinctly and accurately. Most impressive.

  • Ian Jenkins was a warm and welcoming person to deal with.

  • Iain was a great pillar of support and expertise during my settlement agreement. His professionalism was of the highest standards and he responded and acted swiftly at all times. My outcome was greatly enhanced by his contribution. Thank you.

  • A professional, slick and supportive organisation. They did an amazing job helping me at a very difficult time with a positive outcome. They came via a recommendation and I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone else.

  • Words cannot explain fully the appreciation we have for the support and expert advice provided by Euan Lawrence of Blacks Solicitors. His assured calmness and foresight when dealing with a very distressing employment matter was exemplary and without which we would not have attained a satisfactory outcome. He has our unreserved recommendation.

  • I was referred to Blacks by a dear friend… Euan was attentive, very personable & genuinely caring. At my point of contact I had spoken to several solicitors in relation to the same issue & he was the only one who after hearing a brief description of the situation at hand, explained three options, providing me immediate relief as I was unable to have that one question answered. I would definitely contact Blacks again should the need arise and will refer them to family and friends.

  • Euan Lawrence provided a comprehensive accurate summary succinctly in a professional manner. Was very helpful throughout and would have no hesitation in recommending Blacks Solicitors LLP.

  • Exceptional service from Blacks Solicitors. Thank you Euan Lawrence for the urgent Employment Law advice! I was supporting a member of the family with imminent unfair redundancy proceedings – Euan gave me call within two hours of contact. His advice was concise and considered – it was clear, professionally delivered and if or when explanation or clarification was needed he was able to provide this without hesitation. I would highly recommend Euan Lawrence at Blacks Solicitors for employment related legal advice.

  • The legal team and in particular, Euan Lawrence from the Employment Law department, was extremely proficient in the way they handled all aspects of my case. Euan was contactable via phone, email and text. This meant that quick questions could be answered and the flow of information was easy to manage. Whilst he was constantly available and very quick to respond, he was also kind enough to remind me of time/cost implications.

  • I was delighted with the level of service received recently from Blacks Solicitors… Euan Lawrence, whilst extremely knowledgeable on the employment law side, was also very supportive and empathetic throughout the process and stood firm when he needed to. I always felt he had my best interests at heart. If you ever require an excellent employment law solicitor I would strongly recommend his services.

  • My instructions were carried out to the letter. The advice I was given certainly helped me to get everything I wanted. Euan was always approachable with clear answers.

  • The service I received from Euan was excellent. After my initial free consultation I was able to see things a lot more clearly and did not feel so overwhelmed by the issues I had. The guidance given to me was second to none and the work carried out put me in a strong position and gave me the confidence to take my case further.

  • Excellent service from Euan. Attention to detail and simple explanations of complex legal jargon were first class – very impressed and will come back to use you again when and if the need arises.

  • Euan is a credit to the organisation. Professional, knowledgeable and able to come up with innovative and creative solutions.

  • Clear unambiguous advice – Euan responded to communications promptly and discussed the issue in plain English not “legal speak”.

  • Great service. Friendly and straightforward to deal with. Very experienced and reassured me throughout the process. I would definitely recommend. I dealt with Tom Moyes and he was excellent with my unfair dismissal / sexual discrimination case.

  • Can’t thank Tom enough for his help, he was friendly and professional as well as super efficient at getting things quickly resolved. It could have been protracted and stressful but it wasn’t. I would definitely recommend based on my experience!

  • I recently used Blacks Tom Moyes for some employment advice. I used them because I had in the past, and they were very helpful then.
It’s nice to know some things don’t change. Very efficient, friendly service. I would highly recommend using Tom and Blacks for any employment law related matters, and would happily use their services again.

  • I recently engaged the services of Tom Moyes on the recommendation of a friend to advise and guide me through a difficult employment issue. Not only was Tom extremely helpful, efficient and professional, he is very approachable, shows compassion and dealt with my situation in a sensitive manner. I would not hesitate to recommend him.

  • My wife recently needed the urgent services of an employment law specialist, and partner Tom Moyes was highly recommended by trusted friends. He was excellent, providing confident, competent advice and reassurance, and achieving a very good outcome within only a few days. Totally satisfied, we would have no hesitation in using Blacks and especially Tom again. Recommended without any reservations.

  • I would highly recommend Blacks Solicitors. Tom Moyes was highly professional, very knowledgeable and gave excellent guidance and advice during what was a difficult and stressful time. Always quick to reply to any queries – no matter how large or small. An excellent firm of solicitors.

  • Tom Moyes arranged my redundancy package… Since then I have had to return to him more than once with a problem on an annual part of the deal I still receive. Tom has listened and advised me well in a difficult and stressful situation, helping correspond with my ex-employer to resolve the problem with success. I would highly recommend Tom to anyone having either work or redundancy issues. I feel he went well above and beyond to help me achieve the result.

  • Tom Moyes is an extremely talented, diligent, honest and empathetic person, who not only is a joy to have been a client of, is also a great man, who must be a very active member of any team he works with and a pleasure to be acquainted to.

  • I was in a difficult situation regarding my employer Tom made things extremely clear and straightforward. This made a potentially stressful situation into a much more relaxed experience with a swift and effective outcome.

  • Tom Moyes was always available to take my calls and answered my emails promptly. This was a very stressful time for me and his professional approach and complete understanding of the situation helped to keep my stress levels down and made me confident of a positive result which was attained.

  • I’ve enjoyed extremely dedicated, professional help from Tom over the years. He is a knowledgeable, articulate, hardworking, pro-active, enthusiastic advocate of your company to the point where, I personally recommend him to all those I come across, who could benefit from your company’s expertise and knowledge.

  • Tom, you really did make it far less stressful than it could have been and I really appreciate that. Hopefully no one I know will go through the same as I have but should they do, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you.

  • Richard Parr was brilliant and directed me effortlessly through what for me looked like a daunting and complex process… I would have absolutely no hesitation in pointing anyone I know, and many I don’t, towards Richard.

  • Richard Parr’s professionalism and expertise is second to none and it was always comforting to know that he was merely a phone call away – nothing was ever too much trouble and any issue would be resolved with his usual alacrity. I would have no hesitation in recommending Richard Parr or indeed Blacks to family and friends.

  • Richard, thank you so much for your assistance and support in concluding my settlement agreement. After contacting you, I felt relieved and much more confident of my position. The time you took in explaining the process, reviewing the offer and conditions meant that ultimately the outcome was significantly better than I had expected.

  • Richard provided expert advice to me on an employment law matter. He was knowledgeable and very easy to talk to, but most of all he was utterly reliable in all his dealings with me. I was able to contact him when I needed to and he was always very quick to respond. Although I am sure he was dealing with a number of cases at the same time as mine, it felt like I was his only client.

  • Fabulous firm…really well and thoroughly explained by Paul Kelly. Felt much better after speaking with him.

  • Outstanding experience with Blacks Solicitors. They replied to my questions in such a timely manner & their response and support has been nothing but outstanding. Paul my solicitor even responded to me whilst we were both on holiday. Great experience… I would recommend Blacks to everyone.

  • Paul Kelly is very professional and knowledgeable but adds a “human touch” to interaction with clients. This made a difficult situation much easier to deal with in my case. The outcome he achieved for me was excellent.

  • Paul Kelly was empathetic, frank, honest and clear. He responded promptly, communicated well and clearly and explained where there were questions.

  • I was made to feel at ease during the meeting and had everything explained in a clear manner that I could understand, I wasn’t rushed when making any decision. I would definitely recommend them to anyone.

  • I cannot recommend Paul highly enough. His expertise is second to none and he took the time and trouble to explain everything to me in clear, simple English. Paul was always courteous and always returned my calls promptly. He took ownership of my case and gave sage, pragmatic advice… Paul went well above and beyond for me, and he always placed my interests first.

  • Paul Kelly was excellent, applying balanced and reasoned thinking at a time of high emotion, taking great care to understand the details behind my case and encouraging me to take time to let each turn of the page sink in. He was personally likeable which enabled a full and frank dialogue.

  • Paul was highly recommended to me by a colleague and I soon realised why. I needed accurate, expert, specialist advice, quickly, which is exactly what I received. He’s trustworthy, professional, smart and knowledgeable, as well as kind, helpful and supportive. He transformed a potentially complex and difficult situation into something straightforward and simple.

  • Chris Allen is an amazing solicitor. I would recommend Blacks Solicitors to anyone. When I was unfairly treated after putting a grievance in to my employer, I contacted him and he took on my case when others wouldn’t. His knowledge and expertise was absolutely unquestionable. He was proactive throughout and honest.
He is good at keeping you informed every step of the way and always waited on my instructions before taking action. He was patient and explained anything I was unsure of so well. I would never have achieved the outcome that I did without him.
Please if you have any employment issues use these solicitors, they will get you the right result you deserve.

  • Wonderful experience. Very professional, informative and an excellent result for us too. Chris Allen could not have been more helpful.

  • I recently used Chris Allen for an employment related issue. He was great to work with, very efficient and kept me up to date with regular emails. Would definitely use again or recommend to friends and family.

  • Many companies and individuals can provide HR advice and guidance but I have found Blacks Solicitors, in particular Chris Allen, to be exceptional. They are friendly, knowledgeable, supportive and above all get the right result. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them.

  • Chris Allen advised me on a personal employment issue. His advice was clear, understandable and always in my best interest. 
He never sought to escalate, but simply ensure I had the best outcome for my situation and he and Blacks did an amazing job.
 I have used Blacks before and they have never let me down on any issue – top firm, top people – who give real world and practical advice. 
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them for any individual or business looking for quality legal support!

  • I used Chris Allen at Blacks for employment law advice during the transition between leaving my employer and setting up my business. I found Chris to be knowledgeable and supportive during a potentially challenging situation. More importantly for me, his availability and response rate was excellent when I had often required a quick answer in response to correspondence from my employer. I will continue to use him for legal support and would recommend him to my network, just as he was recommended to me.

  • I found Blacks Solicitors on a Google search after having some difficult issues with my employer. They were quick to deal with my enquiry and… offered me a free face to face consultation. I met with Chris Allen, who was really approachable. He gave me some down to earth, but excellent advice and I felt more positive about my future after speaking to him. Many thanks for providing a first class personal service.

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