Issues and disputes that arise in the Education sector can and often do impact significantly on all involved. Whether it be challenges to a staff member’s performance or behavior, tertiary students being failed a course, bullying, harassment or any number of other disputes that we have seen over many years, it can be very traumatic for those involved and at risk of being excluded from their chosen profession.

We have many years’ experience acting for clients involved in disputes with their employer or education provider and acting for organisations having issues with staff or students. We understand the dynamics at work in these situations and can help you navigate those to get the best possible outcome.

The firm acts for a number of education institutions including the New Zealand School Trustees Association as well as individual schools and tertiary providers in the private and state sectors. Matters handled include advising on the commercial structure of the organisations, privacy, Health & Safety as well as employment and discipline/performance issues and restructuring.

Alan Knowsley is a Past President of the Australia New Zealand Education Law Association (NZ Chapter) and has been on the Australasian organisation’s board as a Director for many years. He has presented at many workshops and conferences on education law topics and is focused on providing practical advice and step by step guidance on how to handle disputes that arise in the sector.

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