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Representation support at independent review panel hearings

We regularly support schools at independent review panel (IRP) hearings by providing expert legal representation.

During an IRP the governing board’s decision to uphold a permanent exclusion is scrutinised. We recognise that this can often be a daunting and uncomfortable experience without the support from a legal representative. This is even more so when the circumstances surrounding the exclusion are complex and sensitive e.g. if special educational needs/disability is involved and if the parents have engaged legal representation.


Our charges for this work would reflect the time spent at our hourly rates (available upon request), plus VAT and disbursements. In our experience, costs tend to range between £2,500 to £3,000 plus VAT, depending on the complexity and volume of papers, as well as the length of the hearing. We will be able to provide you with a more accurate estimate on receipt of the papers and we will of course let you know if for any reason it becomes necessary to revise this estimate.

What is included

We will review the documents relating to the exclusion, advise on the general law and procedure relating to exclusions, attend the IRP hearing, prepare the school’s statement (if required — depending on the papers) and represent the school and governing board on the day of the hearing.

Next steps

If you would like to instruct Browne Jacobson to assist you with an IRP hearing, please give us a call and we would be happy to discuss your specific needs. We will then ask you to please send the papers either electronically to the email addresses below or marked for our attention to Browne Jacobson LLP, Victoria Square House, Victoria Square, Birmingham B2 4BU and advise when the IRP hearing is scheduled for.

Please do not hesitate to call us if you would like to talk through the circumstances surrounding the exclusion.

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