John Deakin - Veale Wasbrough Vizards
John's specialist areas within the Regulatory Compliance Team at VWV are legal compliance, parent contracts, policies, inspections and related issues, incident and risk management, and sports in education.
He is a former World Champion and Olympic coxswain, and is an invited speaker at seminars and conferences for professional bodies in the education field.
Tabitha Cave - Veale Wasbrough Vizards
Tabitha Cave is a partner and leads VWV’s regulatory compliance team. She is recognised in the legal directories as "a very experienced litigator who brings strategic knowledge and is intellectually sharp". She provides pragmatic advice on regulatory issues at a governance and operational level, on liability and the management of risk and on reputation protection. She is instrumental in developing the firm's range of compliance services for schools.
She advises Governors, Heads and SLTs on the appropriate investigation and management of serious incidents and compliance issues, and has considerable expertise in dealing with complex multi-disciplinary matters (such as the management of safeguarding allegations) and the interplay of a school's own investigations with related enquiries (such as those undertaken by the police or local authority and/or by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse). Tabitha regularly writes articles and delivers training on these issues for AGBIS, ISBA, Independent Education Today, Funding for Independent Schools, Optimus Publishing and IOSH.