Director Solicitor-Advocate (LLB (Hons), Dip.L.G)
Mark qualified as a solicitor in September 2005 and has experience of both the private and public sector having represented parents, schools and local authorities in a range of disputes. Mark became a Senior Manager in a highly regarded in-house legal practice before moving on to Legal4Schools. He advises on all areas of education, litigation, public law and employment law and regularly handles a range of matters including:
- Applications for judicial review against schools and local authorities
- Disputes concerning Special Educational Needs (SEN) and disability discrimination (SEND)
- Whole school issues such as exclusions from school, admissions disputes and complaints
- Governance issues including school expansions and Academy start up
- Litigation in the County Court, claims in the Employment Tribunal and the Appeals Tribunal
In 2008 and 2010 Mark Small was nominated for the Solicitors in Local Government Young Solicitor of the Year Award for his work with schools. He has also successfully completed the Law Society’s Diploma in Local Government Law and Practice and has achieved the Level 5 Diploma in Management from the Institute of Leadership and Management.
In August 2011, Mark obtained the Higher Rights Qualification entitling him to practise as a Solicitor-Advocate. Mark is able to represent his clients in all Courts across England and Wales thereby reducing the need for external counsel in the majority of cases.
Mark has considerable experience of the Special Educational Needs and Disability system representing parents, schools and local authorities in a range of proceedings before the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal. Mark has provided training to schools, local authorities and professional experts on a variety of SEN related areas and believes that proactive support and advice can minimise the risk of claims being pursued. Mark's approach is to seek resolution and discussion with parents and to ensure that where formal proceedings are necessary that they are pursued from a solid legal basis. Mark also has experience of advising local authority SEN Departments on a range of matters including managing ABA programmes, responding to parental complaints, and providing advice on a range of SEN placement disputes.
Mark believes that legal services should be accessible and cost effective. Legal4Schools is a product of those beliefs, tailored to meet the challenges that schools and academies face today.