Tanya Thomas Tanya Thomas
Consultant solicitor education law

Tanya was admitted as a solicitor in 2002 . She has specialised in Education Law since 2014 after joining Cardiff University Students’ Union as an Advisor. Tanya also undertakes family law including matrimonial and private children law.

Prior to joining Setfords she worked for a leading national Education Law firm. She has undertaken training at the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) to further her knowledge of the external complaints process.

Tanya has succeeded in getting students back on their courses including medical students following exam failures due to late diagnosis of disabilities. She has represented hundreds of students over the years and has a wealth of experience upon which to draw.

Areas covered:

  • Academic Appeals – mistakes of fact, procedural irregularities and extenuating circumstances
  • Unfair Practice – Plagiarism, exam misconduct and collusion
  • Student Discipline – misconduct including misuse of social media
  • Fitness to Practise - medicine, nursing, other healthcare sciences, social work and law
  • Complaints against the university, procedures and its staff
  • Complaints to OIA
  • PhD - complaints and appeals about supervision and examination
  • Appeals against withdrawals
  • Discrimination including disability discrimination and failure to make reasonable adjustments

In 2016 Tanya represented a cohort of medical students in a widely publicised case. All the students were permitted to return to study and as a result of a robust defence the university issued a public statement about its failings in relation to Equality and Diversity.

Whilst at the Students’ Union Tanya participated in an NUS pilot study to address ‘lad culture’ on campus. She also collaborated with the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office on a domestic violence advocacy pathway by facilitating training and introducing an anonymised referral form . In 2016 Tanya delivered a workshop at the NUS conference in Liverpool about both projects to assist other Student Unions in improving the student experience.

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My Brother and I had a great experience. Tanya Thomas supported us with a very excellent service, I highly recommend everyone who needs a solicitor have tremendous knowledge in the Educational regulations to contact Tanya Thomas. The outcome that they achieved with our case succeeded. So, we are happy with the service that we received. Thank you for that.
- Waleed Al Alothman -

After becoming stressful and no were to go, Tanya Thomas help me from starting to end. Her judgement was so good. Her knowledge and respect for the law, the University policy processes, and her supporting that gave me all the confidence I needed. However no matter how complex your case is, Tanya will support it and get to the bottom of the problem. She and her legal secretary, Gemma helpful team.
- Daniel K Nsiah -

Practice areas

Education Law



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