I specialise in advising independent schools and other charities on wide ranging areas of education law, with particular focus on reputation issues, pastoral, safeguarding, historic abuse allegations, exclusions, parent/pupil complaints, data protection, parent contracts, admissions and contentious and non-contentious employment/HR matters.
I have written and spoken widely on these areas, providing comment in The Times, The Guardian, The Lawyer and Law Society’s Gazette and at BSA, ISBA and AGBIS training events.
I am a member of the Institute of Directors (serving as the Surrey Branch Legal Ambassador), the Employment Lawyers’ Association and the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship.
I live with my wife and three children in West Sussex where I serve as a school governor and a trustee of our local Parochial Church Council.
Clients say, "Ben is outstanding - he is always calm, very helpful and able to respond to enquiries in a timely manner."
The 'outstanding' Ben Collingwood, who is 'attentive, trustworthy and prompt', has 'a second-to-none knowledge of the sector and the challenges faced by his schools; his advice is well-balanced, well-researched and practical.'
Legal 500, 2017