Need help with an education law problem?
Leo Donnelly, ONZM, Barrister specialises in providing practical legal advice, advocacy and support across New Zealand on all aspects of Education Law, including Information and Privacy Law advice to ensure you are treated fairly and can access the information you need.
Leo Donnelly, ONZM
Education Law and Information Law specialist
Leo Donnelly, ONZM is a former Ombudsman of New Zealand and is one of New Zealand’s leading experts in his specialist areas of Education Law, Information Law, Privacy Law and Public Law.Learn more
We had the privilege of working with Leo during a challenging time when our family faced a distressing situation involving our son's experience of abuse at his afterschool care program operating on school grounds. We approached the school who mishandled our complaint resulting in the situation quickly spiraling out of control. Leo's dedication and commitment to helping our family was truly remarkable. He went above and beyond to assist us in navigating the complex and often confusing school system. His knowledge of education law and his ability to clearly explain the steps and options available to us were invaluable. What sets Leo apart is not only his expertise but also his genuine empathy and understanding of the emotional toll that such situations can take on a family. He listened to our concerns, answered our questions patiently, and provided unwavering support throughout the process. Thanks to Leo's diligent efforts, we were able to find a resolution with the school and bring about much-needed change to ensure the safety and well-being of our child and others. His professionalism, expertise, and compassion made a world of difference in our lives during a difficult time. We cannot express enough gratitude for Leo. If you find yourself in a similar situation requiring legal assistance in education matters, we wholeheartedly recommend Leo for his exceptional service and dedication to his clients. He truly made a positive impact on our family's life, and we are immensely thankful for his help.
Parents of Primary School student
Thanks again for all your help with this matter, you’ve been extremely helpful for us.
Parents of College student
Just wanted to thank you again on behalf of my father and myself for your help in the case with AUT as your advocacy made a big difference. It was an ongoing struggle for us but felt quickly resolved with your assistance, which was empathetic and professional. I was able to complete my first placement with no problems and am grateful to be able to continue my studies with the appropriate support in place as a result.