Education Law

Our expertise

Chen Palmer has a team of public lawyers specialising in education policy, funding and legal frameworks ranging from universities to kohanga reo.

  • Tertiary Education Organisations  -   We have acted for all types of tertiary education organisations including private training establishments, industry training organisations, wananga, universities,  institutes of technology  and polytechnics.                                                       
  • Working with New Zealand Qualifications Authority – Some of the NZQA processes that Chen Palmer can assist clients with include External Evaluation and Review processes and the Targeted Review of Qualification.
  • Working with the Tertiary Education Commission – Chen Palmer has experience in providing clients with assistance on many aspects of TEC’s work, including Investment Plans, mergers, and education performance indicators.
  • Working with Maori and Pasifika – Chen Palmer has worked for many Maori education organisations including wananga, kohanga reo and kura kaupapa.  We also specialise in providing advice on Pasifika education issues.
  • Working with other education sectors – Chen Palmer can assist  clients across the education spectrum including matters relating to secondary-tertiary transitions, Youth Guarantee; National Standards, Export Education and Immigration New Zealand; governance appointments on Tertiary Education Institution boards; boards of trustees, and the early childhood education curriculum, Te Whariki. 
  • Discipline in schools - Chen Palmer can assist private clients, schools and boards of trustees in respect of learner suspensions, expulsions and fair processes; the implications of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; and the implications of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990. 

Previous work

Some of the previous work of the Chen Palmer Education Team includes:

  • Successfully bringing a judicial review  in the High Court on behalf of Salisbury School regarding the decision of the Minister of Education to merge the school.
  • Successfully appearing for te Kohanga Reo in Waitangi Tribunal proceedings regarding the Crown's inequitable treatment of kohanga reo.
  • Advising tertiary education organisations on mergers including Auckland Insitute of Technology becoming AUT University; Wellington Polytechnic merging with Massey University; and Dunedin College of Education merging with the University of Otago.
  • Representing successful claimants in Waitangi Tribunal proceedings concerning the Crown's intervention at Te Wananga o Aotearoa.
  • Appearing for Unitec in the High Court and Court of Appeal regarding their bid to become a university.
  • Advising on the Office of the Auditor-General inquiry into Te Wananga o Aotearoa.

Chen Palmer is a member of the Australia New Zealand Education Law Association.

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