Director of Public Law
From my very first phone call with SM's Head of Public Law Imogen Jolley, the game changed for me — emotionally and strategically — with regard to the sleepless nights (literally) I had been experiencing for months as we faced the County Council to secure funding for our son. The ease that I fell back into after a brief chat with her is something I will always remember. A feeling of despair and overwhelm was replaced with a sense of competence and empowerment. With Imogen's coaching, we were able to secure the support our son needed with minimal hassle. (Warning to all parents entering the EHCP process: manage your expectations. It is never a hassle-free process.) Imogen knew the law inside and out, which meant we felt secure in the protections afforded by the law. I only wish all parents with special needs children could access such outstanding legal counsel. Two years later, our son is thriving. I will always be grateful to Imogen and her team.Anne
Imogen Jolley is an excellent partner – a master of her subject area and an asset to any case and a joy to work with.
Imogen joined Simpson Millar in 2009 when they merged with Maxwell Gillott. She has 15 years’ experience in Education Law matters, including school admission procedures and exclusion cases.
Imogen gained an MA from Trinity College, Cambridge and qualified as a Solicitor in 1996, after undertaking training at a law firm in Lancaster.
Imogen is highly experienced in the Education Law field and advocates regularly in the Special Needs Tribunal for families and young people, with particular expertise in School Admissions and Exclusions.
Imogen is a Governor at a local primary school, and has previously fulfilled this role at a number of other schools, including being asked to assist in governing a High School in special measures.
She is quoted in Chambers and Partners 2022 as focusing her education practice on the representation of children and their families in SEND Tribunal proceedings. She is particularly adept at handling appeals against Education, Health and Care plans and is noted for her work on admissions and exclusion cases. They added
"She is very knowledgeable in the area of school admissions."
Clients say, "She maintains very good relationships with her clients. Imogen has excellent knowledge of education legislation and is very organised, knowledgeable and thorough at tribunals."
Imogen is noted in the Legal 500 UK 2022 edition. They said "Public law group head Imogen Jolley has significant expertise in school admissions and exclusions cases, as well as diabetes SEND cases".
"We found them to be highly efficient. Imogen is very knowledgeable and experienced about the process. She was calm and took her time to respond to queries from us or other professionals."
"Imogen was outstanding – not only she has authored the most comprehensive guide available on school admissions on the internet, she actually thinks out-of-the-box to achieve the best possible outcome for her clients at minimum costs!"
Interests outside of work
Testing out speciality gin and taxiing around her four children, not in that order!
Modern Law Awards 2017/18