Head 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 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 2017 as having “a strong track record handling admissions and exclusions appeals on behalf of parents. She is described by commentators as "very accessible, knowledgeable and easy to work with”."
Chambers and Partners 2018 reports, “Imogen Jolley is a leading practitioner in admissions cases, with a strong track record of successful appeals. She has a wealth of experience in tribunals, as both advocate and adviser.
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 recommended in the Legal 500 UK 2017 edition for her work in the education sector. "Imogen Jolley heads the education and community care team. She has an excellent reputation for her work in negotiating settlements for clients who have Type 1 diabetes and for ensuring that children who have this condition are suitably provided for. In addition she is known for her experience in advising on admissions law and has been successful in appealing a number of infant class size cases."
Interests outside of work
Testing out speciality gin and taxiing around her four children, not in that order!
Modern Law Awards 2017/18