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Yvonne Spencer - Partner at VWV


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How Can Yvonne Help you?

Having worked for many years advising schools on child protection, inspection and regulation, SEN and equality, serious disciplinary incidents, complex complaints, reputation management and the media, Yvonne is well placed to assist you and your school when complex and often unforeseen incidents occur.

Yvonne also leads our work with academies and maintained schools and has overseen over 500 academy and MAT conversion projects.

International Expertise

Yvonne Spencer's international experience relates to advising overseas Governments and Local Authorities on legislative reform to introduce or reform national child protection systems.

Yvonne's experience includes technical support to Governments to establish national systems for the accreditation and inspection of children's services. She has also advised Governments on national professional standards for children's social workers and advice on equalities legislation.

Countries where Yvonne has experience: Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Jordan and Japan.

Meeting Your Needs

Yvonne is keen to ensure that you receive cutting edge and contextual advice. Her contributions to the education law arena include Butterworth's Law of Education and Jordan's Education Law Journal.

Yvonne is a regular speaker at national conferences. Recent topics include strategic advice on MAT expansion, child protection, exclusions, admissions and regulatory compliance. In 2012 she spoke alongside Professor Tanya Byron at the TES National Cyber Bullying Conference.

What Others Say

CP Ranked Yvonne Spencer 2016UK recommended lawyer 2016 96 pixels for Linkedin The Legal 500 recognises Yvonne as an education law expert. In Chambers & Partners, Yvonne is recommended as a key individual for education law expertise and noted for being 'a standout individual' and an 'outstanding lawyer', who has 'a great deal of presence and expertise' and 'provides sound, strategic level advice with a good understanding of the risks to which the school might be exposed.'

Chambers & Partners also states, 'The effective and efficient Yvonne Spencer has significant expertise in academy conversions. Interviewees are quick to praise her as being 'very impressive and very able', and 'someone who has done an absolutely fantastic job'.'

'I love her deep understanding of the sector; she is a dyed-in-the-wool expert. She has done a magnificent job, and is very personable.' - Chambers & partners client quote

What You Might Like to Know

Yvonne is the first female to be appointed Chairman of the Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates.

She acted in the first 'right to education' case of Begum v Denbigh High School [2006] UKHL 15.

She is an appointed expert to J.K. Rowling's international children's charity 'Lumos' and has advised governments in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Japan on child protection, legislative reform and inspection of children's services.

Yvonne plays golf, loves cooking, has an ambition to appear on Strictly Come Dancing and is a half marathon runner.