School Law

EMA Legal acts for some of South Australia’s leading independent schools. Given the complex duty of care responsibilities faced by schools, we recommend that school leaders seek pre-emptive legal advice to help minimise risks.

We advise school leaders on governance matters, regulatory compliance, professional obligations and duty of care responsibilities. In addition, EMA Legal’s lawyers work with schools to effectively resolve disputes.

The types of services we provide to educators include:

  • Advice and representation in negligence claims arising as a result of, for example, accidents in the school yard, physical injuries sustained by students during class and whilst on school excursions and camps
  • Advice concerning bullying and harassment issues
  • Advice regarding and representation in professional conduct matters
  • Advice concerning special needs students
  • Governance advice to school councils, including drafting constitutions and working with boards and senior management of schools on administrative problems
Key Contact: Kaye Smith