Imogen Jolley -
Partner, Head of Education and Community Care
T: 0345 357 9850
F: 0345 357 9899
Based in: Lancaster
Education Law including Admissions and Exclusions and Special Educational Needs (SEN)
Imogen obtained an MA from Trinity College, Cambridge and subsequently qualified as a solicitor in 1996 following training at a local law firm in Lancaster. She initially practised in criminal law and was both a Police Station and Court Duty Solicitor. Her work also included dealing with cases involving child protection issues.
Then moving to work for Norfolk County Council Legal Services in the Education and Adult Social Service team, dealing with a wide variety of matters including advising Head teachers and the LEA on all aspects of education law, liaising with social services regarding provision for adults in the service, including mental health matters and immigration and asylum cases. Imogen specialised in Admission procedures, both by clerking cases and by training relevant local authority representatives, Independent Appeal Panel members and other clerks.
Imogen has a particular interest in Exclusion matters, and whilst with Norfolk, advised schools in relation to the process and represented schools at IAP hearings. Additionally when not involved in advising schools, she has clerked hearings and trained Panel members to deal with all aspects of Exclusion cases, not only for Norfolk, but also for Suffolk County Council.
Quoted in Chambers and Partners 2017 as follows: Head of department Imogen Jolley has 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."
Imogen is recommended in the Legal 500 United Kingdom 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."
Other areas of her work involved advising and training all Council departments in relation to Data Protection and Freedom of Information matters and dealing with all disclosure cases for the authority, particularly those relating to sensitive child protection issues being dealt with in the Higher Courts.
Following the birth of 3 more children, she left Norfolk County Council in 2004, although she continued to work for the council on a freelance basis providing admission and exclusion advice, plus training when required.
She moved back to Lancaster in 2008 and began work for Maxwell Gillott in September 2009, across the full range of education law. In July 2012 Imogen was made a Partner and in October 2015 she became Head of Education and Community Care. She particularly advises on Admissions, Exclusions and Special Educational Needs and has already taken a number of successful cases to SENDIST. She enjoys working closely with parents in order to achieve the best possible outcome for their family.
Imogen is a Governor at a local primary school, and has previously been a Governor at a number of other schools, including being asked to assist in governing a High School in special measures.
Imogen enjoys reading, salsa dancing and cooking.