Kris Robbetts

Kris is an education lawyer at VWV LLP, undertaking regulatory compliance work within one of the largest education practices in the UK. He has 14 years' experience of advising education institutions nationally on the full range of student and pupil related issues including admissions, discipline, exclusions, complaints, discrimination, fitness to practise, safeguarding, incident management and the impact of legal and regulatory change. Kris acts for a wide range of secondary and tertiary education providers, many of which are internationally renowned. Kris has degrees from Oxford University and University College London and, prior to qualification as a solicitor, undertook graduate study and research as a British Academy (AHRB) scholar.
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Higher education institutions specific public law obligations in governance
Practice notes

This Practice Note provides an overview of the public law obligations of higher education institutions (HEIs) that are enshrined in statute or funding requirements. It covers freedom of speech as provided for by section 43 of the Education (No 2) Act 1986, academic freedom, the prevent and equality duties in an HEI context, as well as fair access and participation obligations to promote and encourage admissions from under-represented admissions groups.

Higher education student contract
Practice notes

This Practice Note covers the contractual and other relationships between a student and their higher education (HE) providers. It covers the relationship with the legal status of the university, when a contract is formed between a student and an HE provider, contractual considerations such as consumer protection regulations, university regulations, policies and procedures, academic rules, student behaviour, accommodation and tuition fee policies, complaints and data protection. Finally it looks at the potential for reform under the Office for Students (OfS).

The Office for Students
Practice notes

This Practice Note explains the statutory framework establishing the establishment of the Office for Students (OfS); OfS functions, aims and objectives together with accountability to the Secretary of State for Education. It covers initial and ongoing registration requirements, funding arrangements and the OfS regulatory responsibilities together with the OfS monitoring and enforcement powers.

Practice areas


  • Education Law Association (ELAS)


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  • Diploma in Law, University of Birmingham School of Law (Distinction)
  • MSc, The Bartlett, University College London (Distinction)
  • MA, Keble College, Oxford (Double First)

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