Education Law
New Zealand

“Advising and acting for parents, schools, ECEs, tertiary institutions and other educational organisations on all aspects of education law.”

We advise

Tertiary education organisations on regulatory issues and investigations in relation to the TEC and NZQA, including funding issues. We act for tertiary organisations and students (including international students) in relation to student complaints.

Principal, school boards and/or parents in the compulsory schooling sector,(including state integrated, private schools and kura kaupapa Maori) on all schooling issues including parental complaints, investigations, governance and managements disputes, exclusions and expulsions, dealing with custody disputes and Family Court orders, and student health and safety. We have particular experience in bullying prevention and complaints, and special education issues. We act for parents who have unresolved complaints.

Early Childhood Centres (ECEs), home based care organisations and kindergartens on compliance and funding requirements and advocate and negotiate with the Ministry of Education and the Education Review Office to resolve a range of issues.

Education sector organisations and entities including NGOs and trusts.

We also provide public law advice to public entities, and to individuals and organisations dealing with public entities.

Carol Anderson

Barrister & Solicitor

MA(Hons) LLB(Hons) Dip Tching

Carol Anderson combines skills from a background in education and law which make her particularly qualified to assist clients with educational issues and disputes.

Carol’s work in education has included heading a high school languages department, teaching English in Japan and training teachers in the Sudan. She worked for the Education Review Office reviewing schools in Auckland and Northland and was contracted to do a national legal and educational research project. She has conducted independent investigations, reporting and providing advice to boards and principals dealing with conflict situations or unresolved complaints. She also provides advice for improving board processes and effectiveness and regularly does health and safety reviews and staff and student well-being reviews. She has worked as a Limited Statutory Manager and as a Specialist Advisor to schools. Carol is a trained mediator, was a school trustee for a number of years and was involved with the Kohanga Reo movement.

After qualifying as a barrister and solicitor, she worked with Lee Salmon Long in Auckland as a commercial litigator, as a Barrister Sole, and as a civil litigator with Neilsons Lawyers. She was a senior associate at Chen Palmer Public and Employment Law in Wellington and more recently at the Auckland office where she specialised in Education Law. She has acted for parents, tertiary students, school boards (both state and private), Early Childhood Education organisations, tertiary institutions and other educational organisations in the public sector.

If you have any questions,
Please feel free to call us or send us a message