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Keri Tayler

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Telephone 020 7831 0222
Email keri.tayler@42br.com

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Introduction

The focus of Keri’s practice is the interface between individuals and the state, in the fields of community care, health care, mental health, education and general public law.

She is frequently instructed by the Official Solicitor, local authorities, family members and other interested parties in the Court of Protection including capacity disputes, challenges to DOLS authorisations and welfare matters. Cases of note include capacity to consent to marriage and sexual relations and forced marriage, hoarding, diagnostic issues involving alcohol consumption and cases with an international element where the Court had to consider repatriation.

She has appeared on behalf of and advised local authorities and individuals in the Administrative Court and in the First Tier Tribunal in matters involving children and adults.

Inquests are also an area of particular interest, especially where there is an overlap with other areas of her practice. A notable inquest involved the issue of whether the deceased had capacity to refuse treatment in circumstances where the lack of treatment of a chronic illness had hastened the death.

Keri’s background at a senior level in a local authority legal department enables her to bring to her work a substantial knowledge of local authority duties and powers, as well as a practical understanding of how they work and the pressures they face.

Inquests

Keri Tayler has advised various public bodies as to their role and function within inquests, including local authorities, Local Safeguarding Children Boards, and probation. The latter included 7 public bodies who had been involved with a prisoner released on licence who went on to commit murder. She is keen to develop her practice in this area.

Professional memberships

  • Inner Temple

Education

  • University of Southampton
  • Universite de Rouen
  • Inns of Court School of Law

Other information

  • Fluent French

Education

Having joined Chambers from Hampshire County Council, where she advised on education matters for 13 years, Keri is ideally placed to advise on the full range of legal issues that arise in the education sector. She has experience of advising schools, academies, Independent Appeal Panels, elected members and Chief Officers, and Local Safeguarding Children Boards.

Areas of law in which she has specific expertise include:

  • Special educational needs including appeals to the First Tier and Upper Tribunals and Court of Appeal (including the first case to be heard by the UT
  • Admission to and exclusion from school
  • School governance, finance and complaints procedures
  • Relationship between schools and local authorities including funding issues
  • Safeguarding duties of schools and other educational institutions, and its interrelationship with the Local Authority.
  • Inspections regime (both Ofsted and Independent Schools Inspectorate)
  • Duty to consult and adequacy thereof.
  • Discrimination, human rights, and equalities claims, including the public sector equality duty
  • Role of the Charity Commission
  • Examination disputes
  • Negligence claims
  • School transport
  • School attendance and home education
  • School organisation including the expansion of a secondary school to become an all-through 4-16 school.
  • Powers of the Secretary of State to intervene in schools and local authorities

News & events

News & events

Keri Tayler joins from Hampshire CC

Keri has joined Chambers from Hampshire County Council, where she spent 13 years advising on all aspects of Local Government law, specialising in the fields of education, child and adult social care.

10th September 2015 Read more