Ofsted lawyers - Ofsted compliance & regulation

Stephensons has a team of specialist regulatory lawyers who provide advice and representation to registered early years, childcare, education and social care providers in relation to compliance, inspections, enforcement action and appeals to the first-tier tribunal (Health, Education and Social Care Chamber).

Our specialist Ofsted lawyers understand the intense pressure on providers to comply with the vast and complex regulations governing regulated settings whilst ensuring that children are suitably protected and safeguarded. We appreciate how a negative inspection report or any potential enforcement action can impact significantly on your business and in many cases, unfairly so.

It is important to protect your business and reputation with advice from a specialist before you take any action. Defending you and your business is our primary concern. For a confidential, no obligation discussion regarding your case, please contact our specialist lawyers now on  0203 816 9274.

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Why choose Stephensons?

Our firm has developed an excellent reputation in this field and we pride ourselves on achieving the best possible results for our clients. We have successfully defended and represented numerous providers across a variety of sectors, assisting them in retaining their registration, challenging an unfair rating and avoiding a criminal prosecution.

We also have a network of offices, including London and Manchester, and we act for clients nationwide. We appreciate that Ofsted often impose tight deadlines and we regularly prepare cases at very short notice. We also understand the needs and anxieties of our professional clients at risk of losing their registration and in some cases, their business and reputation.

We recognise that enforcement action, and even inspections, can be a stressful and frustrating time and our experience allows us to provide clear and strategic advice at all stages.

Our experience

Our specialist team of lawyers have experience of advising registered providers in the early years, childcare, education and social care sectors. We represent nurseries; childcare providers; children’s homes; adoption and fostering agencies; and education providers such as schools and colleges.

Our Ofsted lawyers regularly act for providers nationwide in relation to the following:

  • Notices of intention/decision to:
    • Cancel registration
    • Suspend registration
    • Vary, impose or remove a condition of registration
    • Refuse registration
  • Appeals to the first-tier tribunal (Health, Education and Social Care Chamber)
  • Emergency applications to the Magistrates Courts
  • Welfare Requirement Notices / Compliance Notices
  • Notices restricting accommodation
  • Complaints against inspection reports and/or inspectors
  • Interviews under caution
  • Simple cautions
  • Prosecutions

Use the following link for more information about examples of our previous work: Ofsted case studies

If you require Ofsted advice or support in relation to any of the above, you should seek specialist legal advice as soon as possible in order to protect your interests. For a confidential discussion with a member of our team, please contact us on 0203 816 9274 or complete our online enquiry form.

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    "It is really important that providers get the complaint right. It can be the difference between having a positive or a negative outcome. So it's really important that if you are considering making a complaint, that you do seek legal advice. From the outset, we can prepare that complaint on your behalf. We can liaise with Ofsted on your behalf and we can take some of that pressure off you and make sure that the process is handled correctly." - Francesca Snape

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