Celia graduated from the University of Kent in 1999 before taking a year out and travelling around Australia. She then attended the University of the West of England, where she completed the Legal Practice Course. Celia qualified as a solicitor in 2003 at a firm in her home county of Somerset before moving to Thames Valley and joining Turbervilles in 2004. Celia then joined IBB following the merger of the two firms in 2018.
Having practised Family, and in particular, Children Law for the majority of her career, when Salima Mawji, Leading Education Solicitor, joined IBB Law in 2020, Celia took the opportunity to transfer her practice to Education Law and has never looked back. Celia has been instrumental in assisting Salima to set up the Education Law Department and build its reputation. Celia has fast become knowledgeable about Education Law having represented Further and Higher Education students in Fitness to Practise matters, Breach of Contract and Negligence, including litigation, internal University Appeals, claims concerning PhDs, Complaints and Misconduct Committees.
Celia has also represented school pupils in cases including drafting Appeals against Teacher Assessed Grades, Admission Appeals, advising in cases concerning fixed term and permanent exclusions from both maintained and independent schools, issues regarding safeguarding, in year transfers and all aspects of discrimination.
Having transferred from a specialism in Children Law, Celia also has a particular interest in representing children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and their families.
Celia’s gentle style but sharp attention to detail puts her ahead of many other Education Lawyers in the field and she is passionate about helping students of any age and any ability to reach their own potential.
Celia has a conciliatory and sensitive approach to dealing with education cases but is also a tenacious litigator if circumstances dictate this approach to be in her clients’ best interests.
In her spare time, Celia enjoys hosting social events with family and friends, outdoor activities such as hiking and has done various walks for charity.