Ian Jones

Education Barrister

About Ian Jones


Ian is a barrister with 25 years' experience, and specialises in Education Law

and Licensing.


Ian also works as a governance professional and as a Data Protection Officer.


Ian is self-employed and works from his office at Holbrook Chambers, Leicester. He was previously head of a local authority legal department, and his current self-employed practice reflects this local government experience.


Holbrook Chambers offers a fresh, modern approach to providing expert legal services:

  • deal directly with your barrister, throughout
  • direct access scheme for clients without a solicitor
  • fees fixed in advance, with no hidden extras
  • instructions can be sent by email
  • advice by phone or email, outside office hours
  • welcomes cases from solicitors & direct access clients
  • payment by bank transfer or Paypal


Ian regularly appears on BBC TV & radio and in the national press to comment about school appeals and the admissions system. Ian also provides training to appeal panel members, schools and lawyers on education matters and data protection.


Please contact Ian Jones directly to obtain a quotation for advice, drafting documents or representation at a hearing, or for training and consultancy work.

Regulatory Information


Education Barrister

Phone: 07771 961 962

Email: education@direct-barrister.com

Address: Holbrook Chambers, PO Box 9327,

Leicester LE21 3EL


For work as a barrister

Ian Jones is a self-employed sole practitioner, registered in his own name and regulated by the Bar Standards Board of England and Wales. As a barrister, Ian Jones is subject to the Code of Conduct of the Bar of England & Wales, available here. Holbrook Chambers is the professional office of Ian Jones and has no separate legal status.


For work as a barrister, Ian Jones has professional liability insurance provided by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Limited, 90 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 4ST, with worldwide coverage, subject to the terms of cover of the Bar Mutual, which may be accessed here.


Any complaint should in the first instance be made to Ian Jones in writing at the above address. If the complaint cannot be resolved satisfactorily, Ian Jones is subject to a non-judicial dispute resolution procedure, details of which may be accessed at www.legalombudsman.org.uk


The terms and conditions on which services are provided depend on whether the service is provided through a solicitor or directly to the public under the direct access scheme. For solicitor cases, revised standard terms of contract apply, available to download here. For direct access work, Ian Jones’ model terms of business are available here, with further guidance from the Bar Standards Board here. Work for which a fixed fee is not agreed in advance or prescribed by law/regulation will be charged at an hourly rate of £275 per hour unless otherwise agreed. Travel charges will be based on a combination of mileage and time spent travelling.


For work as a Data Protection Officer

Work as a Data Protection Officer is not "legal services" and is not regulated by the Bar Standards Board, Bar Code of Conduct, dispute resolution procedure or terms and conditions which apply to Ian Jones' work as a barrister.


For work as a Data Protection Officer, Ian Jones has professional indemnity insurance and public liability insurance in place provided by Hiscox Insurance.


For all work

Ian Jones' professional fees are not subject to VAT.


Privacy Notice

Under Data Protection legislation, you have the right to know what information Ian Jones holds about you, why it is collected, what it is used for and who else it is shared with. You also have other rights over your data, as explained in this privacy notice.


In this document, Ian Jones is the "Data Controller" and you are the "Data Subject". "Processing" personal data includes collecting the information, but also any further use to which the data is put - including storage and retrieval of data, transferring or sharing it with others, and deletion of the data.


How is information collected?


You provide personal information to Ian Jones by web contact form, email, phone, SMS, in writing or face to face. Some personal information about you may also be provided from other sources - for example, by a school or local authority.


What information is collected?


The personal information collected includes:


  • your name and contact details
  • personal information about your family members (where relevant to the advice or work you want me to carry out)
  • your identity documents (as necessary, to confirm your identity for compliance with money laundering rules)
  • your bank details (for payment)


The information collected may include sensitive personal information relating to racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, trade union activities, physical or mental health, sexual life, or details of criminal offences. These will only be collected where relevant to the advice or work you want me to carry out - for example, details of criminal offences may be relevant to advice about a licensing application; details of a child's special educational needs may be relevant to an education dispute.


Why is this information processed and what is the legal basis for processing the data?


The main reason for processing information is to provide you with a legal service - usually advice, drafting documents, negotiation or representation, but also including training and consultancy or work as a Data Protection Officer. The legal basis for processing information in these cases will be the performance of the contract.


Personal information (including sensitive personal data) is also processed for a number of other reasons [the legal basis is shown in brackets]:


  • to allow Ian to decide whether or not to offer you a service, or to decide the terms on which the service should be offered [contract]
  • to check whether a conflict of interest exists [legal & regulatory obligation]
  • to verify your identity, allowing Ian to comply with money laundering rules [legal & regulatory obligation]
  • to obtain and process payment for services [contract]
  • to maintain business records [legal & regulatory obligation]
  • to comply with legal and regulatory requirements, including record retention and deletion rules - generally, your data will be retained for a period of 6 years after the matter has concluded [legal & regulatory obligation]
  • to offer future legal, training or consultancy services for current and prospective educational clients and other organisations [consent]


Where the personal information includes sensitive personal data (e.g. special educational needs, religious beliefs or criminal convictions), the law requires an additional basis for processing this data. In each case, the additional ground relied on by Ian will be consent. Where appropriate, this will be consent given by a parent on behalf of their child.


Who will the information be shared with?


Your personal information will be kept confidential and will not be shared with others, except:


  • where this is necessary for the work which Ian Jones is carrying out (for example, negotiating on your behalf with a school, or preparing a written appeal statement)
  • to comply with Ian Jones' legal and regulatory requirements (for example, to deal with a complaint)
  • to comply with your legal and regulatory requirements (for example, in reporting a data breach by your organisation to the Information Commissioner's Office)
  • to process payment for services (sharing with respective banking providers or Paypal)


Your personal data will not be transferred out of the European Union.


Your rights over your data


You have the right to request access to your the information about you which is held by Ian Jones. To make such a request, please contact Ian Jones by email or in writing, and please include the heading "Subject Access Request". Ian Jones will deal with this request within a month, unless it is particularly complicated.


You also have the rights to:


  • object to processing of personal data that is likely to cause, or is causing, damage or distress
  • prevent processing for the purpose of direct marketing
  • object to decisions being taken by automated means
  • in certain circumstances, have inaccurate personal data rectified, blocked, erased or destroyed; and
  • claim compensation for damages caused by a breach of the Data Protection regulations


For further information, please consult the Information Commissioner's Office website or contact Ian Jones by email.




Education Barrister

Holbrook Chambers, PO Box 9327, Leicester LE21 3EL Tel: 07771 961 962


Direct-Barrister.com, Education-Barrister.com & Holbrook Chambers are (c) Ian Jones, a barrister in sole practice regulated by the Bar Standards Board of England & Wales.

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