Partner - Schools & Charities
I head the firm’s School & Charities practice and specialise in Education and Employment law. I act mainly for independent schools country-wide. I advise on a range of employment and pastoral issues, in particular when the reputation of the school is at stake. An area of particular interest for me is safeguarding and I have spoken widely on this subject at various schools’ conferences. We have been advising more and more schools on historic abuse claims and associated reputation issues for the school.
My time is also spent advising on general areas such as maternity leave, flexible working, holiday pay and working time questions. I also specialise in Teachers’ Pensions issues.
My approach is to understand the ethos of the school and what the school is trying to achieve, I can then work effectively to help the school achieve its objectives.
I speak at national conferences and at our own events, including our annual education conference as well as a large number of training events and workshops.
Joanna Lada-Walicki has an active education practice covering disputes relating to staff members and highly sensitive safeguarding and abuse matters. Sources say: "Her experience is very evident. I am always amazed at how quickly she gets back to me - she is highly efficient."
Joanna Lada-Walicki is praised by clients as a "well-informed, highly professional and insightful" practitioner."
"Joanna has been excellent in the advice that she has offered, and has a clear understanding of the sort of issues that we have had to deal with."