Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) Lawyers

Our lawyers provide specialist representation to teachers facing disciplinary proceedings before the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA). Our professional discipline team act for clients at all stages of proceedings, from initial referral and investigation to hearings before the TRA's professional conduct panel. For immediate advice from one of our specialist lawyers call 0203 816 9274.

In April 2018 the TRA took over the responsibility for the regulation and discipline of teachers from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). The TRA’s role is to support employers, schools and head teachers with safeguarding responsibilities by taking action on receipt of allegations of serious teacher misconduct. The TRA’s professional conduct panel will be responsible for hearing allegations of misconduct against teachers and where appropriate recommending that teachers are made the subject of a 'prohibition order'. This is effectively a lifetime ban from teaching, however in many cases orders will include provision for them to be reviewed after a set period. A referral to the TRA can therefore have serious implications to your career and it is vital that you seek advice from specialist lawyers with genuine experience of dealing with previous cases.

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Disciplinary proceedings before the TRA

Our professional discipline team have experience of advising and defending teachers in relation to disciplinary proceedings before NCTL. We take a pro-active approach to defending cases and we pride ourselves on achieving the best possible results for our clients. We have experience of defending teachers facing serious allegations including dishonesty and sexually motivated misconduct. We also have experience of assisting teachers with associated matters such as referral to the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) and advising on issues of privacy and adverse media attention.

Our firm is recommended by the Legal 500 for professional disciplinary work. We have a network of offices, including London and Manchester, allowing us to act for clients nationwide. We take a pro-active approach to defending cases and we pride ourselves on achieving the best possible results for our clients. We appreciate that regulators often impose tight deadlines on and we regularly prepare cases at very short notice.

Our lawyers can assist you with the following matters:

  • Preparing written responses and evidence during the formal investigation stage
  • Preparing defence evidence where consideration is being given to imposing an interim prohibition order (IPO)
  • Responding to a notice of referral
  • Responding to a notice of proceedings
  • Representation at hearings before the professional conduct committee
  • Advising on appeals against decisions
  • Applications for prohibition orders to be set aside

For a confidential, no-obligation discussion regarding your case, contact one of our specialist lawyers on 0203 816 9274. Alternatively please complete our enquiry form and a member of the professional discipline team will contact you as a matter of urgency.

We're widely accredited for our work - regulatory & criminal justice

  • Legal 500

It is our business to deliver legal services that work for our clients, you can trust our specialists to take care of things on your behalf. Over the years our regulatory and criminal justice team has been recognised by industry awards and accredited for their excellence.

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