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Gregory Jones QC

Gregory Jones QC

Year of call: 1991 (QC 2011)

Practice areas: Planning, Environment, Compulsory Purchase and Compensation, Major Infrastructure Projects, Local Government, Ecclesiastical Law and Religious Liberty, Rating, Public Law, European Law

Gregory Jones QC, Education

Gregory has a wide education law practice with a particular emphasis on higher and further education including challenges of and representations to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator.   His practice includes judicial review of decisions of colleges and universities as well as actions in contract and negligence.  Gregory has recently been involved in a series of high court actions concerning the withholding of university degrees for non payment of fees or rent.  His recent work has also included advising on the use of Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 in connection with local education authority investigations on parents claiming to reside within school catchment areas.


"..With 'excellent written work' and demonstrating "Impecable 'knowledge of public and education law."" Legal 500

"Solicitors have nothing but good things to say about him reporting that he is really on the ball." Chambers & Partners

Memberships and Appointments

  • Member of the Governing House Council of St Stephen's House, Oxford University (2010 - onwards)
  • Member of the Education Law Association (ELAS)
  • Visiting lecturer, King's College, London (2007- onwards)
  • School Governor Independent School (Colfe's School) (2008-2013), School Governor of Three State Schools  (Leathersellers' Federation of Schools)  (2013 - onwards)
  • Bar Council and Law Society: Joint Academic Stage Board (2004-2009)
  • Course leader and senior lecturer (part-time), South Bank University (1993-97)

Publications and Conference Papers on Education Law Include:

  • Legal Challenges to Institutions of Higher Education: paper deliver to Current Issues in Education Law, FTB Conference held at Southwark Cathedral, 6th November 2006.
  • Jones & Pike: 'Better late than never? The giving of late reasons in public law'; E.P.L.I. 2002, 7(3), 50-52.
  • Editor of the Education Case Reports (1998-2001).

Selected Education Law Cases

Judicial Review

  • R (on the application of Shelley Maxwell) v Office of the Independent Adjudicator (on going). Judicial review concerning the approach of the OIA to claims of disability discrimination.
  • R (on the application of Budd) v Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education [2010] EWHC 1056 (Admin). Scope of exercise of powers of investigation of OIA.
  • R (on the application of Siborurema) v Office of the Independent Adjudicator [2007] EWCA Civ 1365; [2008] E.L.R. 209; (2008) 152(2) S.J.L.B. 31; Times, January 10, 2008. Amenability of the OIA to judicial review, exercise of discretion and fairness.
  • R (on the application of Griffiths) v Lewisham College [2007] EWHC 809 (Admin) [2007] All ER (D); Legal Action 2008, Jan, 26-28; Ed. L.M. 2007, May, 1-3. Fairness to a student subject to disciplinary proceedings and the use of final learning contracts.
  • R (on the application of Gunasinghe) v Henley Management College [2006] EWHC 346 (Admin); Student exclusion and relationship breakdown.
  • R (on the application of Varma (Amit)) v HRH Duke of Kent, Visitor of Cranfield University [2004] EWHC 1705; [2004] EWHC 1705 (Admin); [2004] E.L.R. 616; [2004] A.C.D. 81; Times, July 23, 2004.Powers of visitor, ability to delegate functions and fairness.
  • R (on the application of Nash) v Chelsea College of Art and Design (No.2) [2002] EWCA Civ 69 and [2001] EWHC (Admin) 538; Times, July 25, 2001. Giving of late reasons.
  • R (on the application of Haracoglou) v Department for Education and Skills [2001] EWHC Admin 678; [2002] ELR 177. Meaning of "ordinarily resident".
  • R v Cambridge University ex parte Persaud [2001] EWCA Civ 534; [2000] Ed. C.R. 635; [2001] E.L.R. 64. Fairness and duties of disclosure when considering de-registration of PhD student.
  • R v Chelsea College ex p Nash (No.1) [2000] ELR 686 QBD [2000] Ed. C.R. 571; [2000] E.L.R. 686. Fairness, disclosure of documents and ability of chair to make unilateral decisions.

Contract and Tort

  • Conrad Nyamutata v The University of Lancaster (Claim No: HC09CO4585). Consumer Contract Regulations 1999 giving effect to EC Council Directive 93/13/EEC on Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts whether it is lawful for a university to withhold the award of a student's degree on the basis of alleged monies owing.
  • Maria Lavelle v Winchester University(High Court, Chancery Division). Whether it is lawful for a university to withhold the award of a student's degree on the basis of alleged monies owing to it in its capacity as a landlord of student residential accommodation. Press coverage:
  • Georgaki v Greenwich University (County Court). Student alleging negligent supervision of MSc.
  • Herglie v Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College. Claim for alleged breach of contract/negligence in respect of the quality of teaching provided by the Ealing College on a plumbing course.
  • Samantha Lawal v The London Institute (Claim No 4CL05451). Claim for racial discrimination.

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