Jean advises a wide range of charities, social enterprises and educational institutions on a variety of commercial, charity law, education law and regulatory issues. She has also advised on a wide range of public and regulatory law, including judicial review, disciplinary proceedings, safeguarding law and confidentiality issues. Jean is a trustee of a national educational charity and regularly gives pro bono advice to charities.

Relevant experience

  • Establishing new charities and social enterprises
  • Charity incorporations, restructuring, mergers and joint ventures/collaborations
  • Company and charity law advice to charities, social enterprises, and other not-for-profit organisations including grant-making and finance
  • Advising trustees on regulatory and governance matters including Charity Commission investigations
  • Advising on all aspects of education law, including advising on numerous academy conversions, free school establishments, school mergers, demergers and governance reviews
  • Advising professional membership bodies in respect of complaints and disciplinary rules, processes and cases
  • Advising on confidentiality issues, including drafting and reviewing policies and successfully representing a charity to have set aside a police witness summons, requiring disclosure of highly sensitive and confidential information
  • Advising on various child and vulnerable adult protection issues, including DBS checks, drafting and reviewing policies, Ofsted and local authority safeguarding investigations, the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

Examples of recent work

  • Advising on four separate further education college mergers
  • Advising on all aspects of the establishment of a multi-academy trust to take on two converting primary schools and establish a free school
  • Advising on mergers of multi-academy trusts
  • Advising an independent Islamic school on reconstituting as a charitable company
  • Advising on the acquisition of a group of independent schools
  • Advising on a multimillion pound Digital R&D Fund for Arts and Culture
  • Representing a teacher in an investigation by the Disclosure and Barring Service
  • Acting for a primary school facing a judicial review on its decision to convert to an academy
  • Advising a charity which faced substantial funding cuts, and successfully reversing those cuts
  • Advising on an academy transfer from one multi-academy trust to another
  • Advising several different charities on constitutional reviews
  • Advising on a merger of two independent schools
  • Advising a national charity on the safeguarding aspects of working with ex-offenders
  • Advising a US charity on setting up a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO)
  • Advising an international professional membership body on an agreement with a university to provide a Masters programme
  • Advising a maintained special school on establishing a post-19 specialist college
  • Advising a group of maintained schools on establishing a charitable school company to run teaching school activities
  • Drafting a learning agreement between an international charity and its students, and reviewing all related student policies

Qualifications and Career

  • University College London, LLB (Hons) Law with French Law, 2002
  • University of Paris II (Panthéon-Assas), Higher Diploma in French Law and Comparative Law, 2001
  • Two-year sponsorship by the Lord Chancellor’s Department (now Ministry of Justice) onto the Windsor Fellowship Leadership Programme, 1999, working on implementation of the Human Rights Act 1998
  • Sakado Senior High School, Japan - English language and foreign affairs teacher, 2002 - 2004
  • Embassy of Afghanistan, Tokyo - public affairs chief officer, 2005
  • BPP Law School, Legal Practice Course, 2006
  • Trained and qualified at Bates Wells Braithwaite, 2008
  • Secondment to Nesta, 2012

Pro Bono, Memberships and Appointments

  • School governor of a central London maintained primary school
  • Trustee of Montessori St. Nicholas Charity
  • Pro bono advice to various charities including via LawWorks
  • Former trustee of the Karen Woo Foundation (2010-2015)
  • Former tribunal representative for IPSEA (Independent Panel for Special Education Advice) - representing parents in the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal
  • Member, Charity Law Association
  • Member, Education Law Association