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I head the firm’s independent schools and charities practice and I specialise in education and employment law. I advise on a range of employment and pastoral issues, in particular when the reputation of a school (or other non-school charity) is at stake.
An area of particular interest for me is safeguarding and I have spoken widely on this subject at a number of national conferences and I have also written widely on this and other issues affecting schools and charities.
A major part of our practice is in relation to the management of allegations against staff as well as child-on-child abuse, including guidance on making appropriate referrals. I also advise on issues relating to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme. My approach is to take a strategic overview with the client and to provide practical and straightforward advice that will enable the client to reach its objectives and to minimise any risks.
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Joanna is a brilliant expert who is helpful at all times. She makes dealing with a lawyer a real pleasure.
Chambers and Partners, 2024
Joanna Lada-Walicki offers excellent advice in a sympathetic manner – understanding that managing legal issues within a charity can be complicated. She not only advises on the law but also supports us in how we involve trustees, manage stakeholders, and handle the issues more broadly.
Legal 500, 2024
Joanna Lada-Walicki offers wisdom and attention to detail. Her advice is always very thorough, perceptive and reliable. She listens and analyses the history before carefully considering the different options and their potential outcomes. These are well-explained to the client and help is provided to enable the best path to be followed.’
Legal 500, 2024
She has excellent knowledge and is able to absorb information quickly in order to clearly set out the options and risks.
Chambers and Partners, 2023
She understands both safeguarding and employment law and is therefore able to advise on the interaction between them. She is personable, approachable and prompt in giving advice, which is always legally accurate and pragmatic.