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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: Lancaster, London

What the team is known for Deep bench with an impressive grounding in a range of matters, including special education needs (SEN) matters, admissions and exclusion. Considerable expertise in legal aid and disability, and discrimination cases, working closely with national charities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"Their representation of parents is outstanding. They provide good levels of client service, having an excellent understanding of both the legal and practical issues, and know more than almost any other firm in the area."

"They are specialists and leaders in the field and can be trusted to do a good job."

Work highlights Represented Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA) in a challenge to amendments of the School Transport Guidance by the Secretary of State, which was successfully withdrawn.

Notable practitioners  

Angela Jackman has a wealth of experience in education law. Sources remark that "she is an excellent lawyer, with a thorough understanding of the complexities of the issues in this area."

Eleanor Wright is highlighted by sources for her strength in handling judicial review and her experience in disability discrimination and exclusion matters. One client observes that "she is brilliant and very kind - I can't think of anyone better." 

Elaine Maxwell possesses remarkable expertise in advising on SEN matters and is praised by clients for her highly supportive approach when handling their cases. 

Emily Gent is admired by interviewees for her community care work, and is experienced in needs assessment, mental capacity and SEN matters, among others.

Significant clients SOS!SEN, Percy Hedley School.

第二等 |

Basic facts about the department
- Office locations ranked: London

What the team is known for Boasts an excellent reputation in advising parents in connection with SEN matters. Also known for significant expertise in statementing and the appeals arena.

Notable practitioners

The "phenomenal" Douglas Silas has a long-standing reputation for his active involvement in education matters. He is considered by sources to be "extremely knowledgeable in terms of education law and changes in policy." 

第二等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: London

What the team is known for Specialist team advising claimants in admissions, exclusions, SEN and discrimination cases. Highly skilled in judicial reviews and community care challenges.

Notable practitioners

Practice head John Ford is singled out by interviewees as someone who "knows the field and understands the work." He has extensive experience in the full spectrum of education law.

The "very strong" Karen May is head of education law at the firm and has great expertise in SEN, admissions and exclusion matters.

Helen Gill is described by a source as "really empathetic and an excellent lawyer." She specialises in discrimination and admissions matters, as well as community care issues.

Band 2 | SEN Legal

第二等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office locations ranked: Bury St Edmunds

What the team is known for Accomplished advisers to schools and individuals on admissions, exclusions and disability cases. Experienced in handling SEN cases and discrimination claims, as well as appeals before the Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are particularly strong on residential school placements." 

Notable practitioners

Karen McAtamney is experienced in providing guidance to parents in SEN and discrimination tribunal matters, including appeals.

Founding member Melinda Nettleton is an accomplished education lawyer, with a particular focus on SEN and disability discrimination cases.

第三等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 5 qualified solicitors

What the team is known for Widely recognised by the market for its substantial expertise in unlawful exclusion matters, admissions and SEN cases. Also has an impressive reputation for judicial review and disability claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"I think they are very good. I have had a very positive experience with them - they work hard in what is a very difficult area."

"They are knowledgeable and we've always been able to get in contact with them." 

Notable practitioners

Noel Arnold is a key contact.

Band 3 | Irwin Mitchell

第三等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers 
- Office locations ranked: Bristol, Sheffield

What the team is known for Home to education law practitioners experienced in SEN, exclusions and discrimination work. Represents individuals and organisations, and works with leading charities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"Their client service is excellent and no matter how tricky a legal problem, there is always someone who can help." 

Work highlights Successfully represented a PhD student in a complaint to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator in connection with English language requirements.  

Successfully acted for a mother in a SEN case involving judicial review of a council's decision to refuse payments for the provision of her child's education.

Notable practitioners  

Polly Sweeney specialises in SEN matters. An impressed client praised her commitment to protecting the rights of the children she represents, noting: "She is clever, kind and compassionate. Simply outstanding."

The "really excellent" Angela Sandhal is "superb with clients and very empathetic" according to sources. She is skilled in handling SEN cases and discrimination claims under the Equality Act.

第三等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Gloucester

What the team is known for Renowned practice with areas of expertise that include admissions, exclusions, bullying, disability discrimination and SEN cases. Well regarded in the appeals arena.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"Their performance has been exceptional - they are extremely organised and very thorough, and have supported us through this difficult process."

"They are very good and efficient. Their communication is good and they respond to queries quickly."

Notable practitioners  

Imelda Brennan is sought after by parents for her expertise in Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) tribunals and appeals. Interviewees praise her efficiency and understanding of cases, noting that "she has a good head on her shoulders." 

Band 3 | Leigh Day

第三等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: London

What the team is known for Well versed in education law, particularly in advising clients on challenges to the decisions of education providers and disability and religious discrimination matters. Experienced in appearing before the SEND tribunal and associated appeals.

Notable practitioners  

Alison Millar is praised by sources for her diligence in looking after the rights of her clients, with one individual describing her skill in this field as "a real asset." Her areas of expertise include SEN appeals, discrimination claims and human rights matters.

Significant clients British Humanist Association, Anti-Academies Alliance, Richmond Inclusive Schools Campaign.

Band 3 | Levenes

第三等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 2 qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Broad practice encompassing fee disputes and SEN cases, as well as admissions, exclusions and school transport-related matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Very well established, long-standing practice in the area." 

Notable practitioners

Chris Barnett and Kevin McManamon are key contacts at the firm.

第三等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: London

What the team is known for Focuses primarily on education law, with additional expertise in employment law. Advises parents, pupils and teachers in a range of matters, such as admissions, exclusions and academic appeals, as well as SEN cases.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"It was a pleasure to deal with them. They were incredibly professional and took away all the subjectivity, giving me a clear summation of the best and worst-case scenarios."

"They perform well and are very efficient. They are friendly and approachable and are open to feedback."

Notable practitioners  

Anita Chopra is singled out by a source as someone with a positive attitude whose "advice is very good - she is very optimistic about what we can achieve." Her practice involves advising families in SEN matters.

Salima Mawji specialises in advising students in further and higher education cases. Impressed interviewees note: "She has a forensic ability to get straight to the nub of a problem."

第三等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Richmond

What the team is known for Advises on an array of matters, including exclusions, school transport, and school provisions required for children with brain injuries which have arisen in cases of medical negligence. Client base includes parents, schools and local authorities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"I thought they were great - very through and very helpful."  

Notable practitioners  

Department head Leena Hurloll is considered by sources to be "very good, very experienced," and someone who "knows her stuff." She has great experience in acting for families in SEN and exclusion cases.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Iain Nisbet of Govan Law Centre is singled out by an impressed observer who remarks that "the breadth of knowledge he possesses in regards to all aspects of the education sector is remarkable." He specialises in education law.

Jaswinder Gill of Royds LLP is described by interviewees as "very good at dealing with individual cases and policy points - he looks at the bigger picture." He has considerable experience in representing individuals in cases involving higher education institutes, as well as dealing with the Office of the Independent Adjudicator.

Gurvinder Kaur of Shoosmiths is respected for her "fantastic understanding of education dynamics," and is praised by her clients for her clear and thorough explanation of the options available to them in their cases. She is experienced in acting for post-16s in SEN matters.

Michael Charles of Sinclairs Law is admired for his work with the post-16 and post-19 age groups, with a source praising his "real grasp of the issues affecting the older age group." He is based in Wales and has extensive experience across the spectrum of education law.

Robert Love of Tayntons LLP is much admired by sources for his "extensive knowledge of the education sector and the tribunal process, and his experience of working with various local authorities." He is well versed on the full range of matters relating to education law.

Beverley Watkins of Watkins Solicitors is well regarded by market commentators, with one commenting that "I completely trust and respect her." She is highly regarded for her SEN work and has great skill in handling disability cases.

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