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Hayley O’Sullivan

Hayley O’Sullivan

Hayley O’Sullivan

Senior Associate

About Hayley

Hayley is a valued member of the education team with over ten years' experience in supporting schools and trusts.

Hayley advises on a broad range of education law issues with particular expertise in exclusions and equality issues. She also frequently advises on pastoral issues including admissions, SEND, policies, complex parental complaints, safeguarding and the challenges social media poses for schools, as well as governance and projects work.

Noted as a ‘rising star’ in the West Midlands, Hayley has been credited as a key member of the education team in Legal Directory Chambers and Partners and is well known amongst our client base. Clients value her proactive approach, speed of support and her pragmatic and sensible advice. Her strategic outlook and ability to advise on degrees of risk in different scenarios has attracted a growing number of clients who view her as their go to trusted advisor.

In addition to her advisory work, Hayley is experienced at providing training to senior leaders and governing boards on an array of topics. Her approachable, straight-talking style and the way in which she brings topics to life through case studies and her own experiences has led to numerous testimonials from clients who value her insights into various topics.

Hayley has featured in the education press having written articles for publications such as Schools Week, National Governors Association and Leader magazine (The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) publication). Hayley has also drafted briefing notes and FAQs for the NAHT and Optimus, as well as Browne Jacobson’s own newsletters and website.

Hayley is an accomplished and engaging speaker having presented at a number of conferences on a wide variety of topics including transgender issues in schools and best practice in exclusions. She has also run webinars on re-brokerage, safeguarding and Prevent and the anticipated changes to the exclusions framework following the Timpson Review.

She also developed two schemes to encourage students from all backgrounds to consider a career in law, namely ‘MoreLaw’ and ‘TalkLaw’. Designed to raise aspirations at primary and secondary level Hayley is passionate about encouraging young people to fulfil their potential and aim high.

She was also nominated for the coveted Birmingham Young Professional of the Year in 2013.

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