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第一等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 10 other qualified solicitors
- Office locations ranked: Lancaster

What the team is known for Renowned within the education sector for its expertise in special needs. Also known for its work for post-16 and post-19 year olds, in addition to discrimination and exclusion cases. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "The firm gives far more than you would expect." 

Awareness: "Very good at seeing things holistically."  

What's new? The firm was awarded one of three education law contracts from the Legal Services Commission, enabling it to handle legally aided work from April 2013.

Work highlights Handled a judicial review claim to challenge the decision not to grant funding for a free school, arguing that the free school application process does not comply with the Equality Act 2010.

Notable practitioners  

Angela Jackman "really knows her stuff" and is razor sharp, according to sources. She is an expert in education law and community care matters.

Eleanor Wright is "on top of the field" and "knows pretty much all there is to know about education law," according to sources. She has vast experience in the full array of education law and disability discrimination matters.

The "fantastic" Elaine Maxwell is particularly highly regarded for her work in SEN cases and student placement matters. She is active in campaigning and making representations about legislation relating to SEN issues.

Emily Gent is "very strong," according to sources. She focuses on education law and community care.

Significant clients SOS!SEN.

第二等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 other fee earners 
- Office locations ranked: London

What the team is known for Specialist team that focuses on representing parents of children with special educational needs. Increasingly deals with the most complex cases.

Work highlights Successfully represented the parents of an 11-year-old boy with educational and medical difficulties in an appeal against the decision to place him in an appropriate independent special school.

Notable practitioners

Douglas Silas is well known for his "passion" and expertise in the area of special educational needs. He has a national reputation for his considerable experience in this area.

第二等 |

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

What the team is known for Established, niche practice specialising in representing individuals over special educational needs, discrimination cases, judicial reviews, and exclusions. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Market standing: "A major player in education law." 

Work highlights The firm successfully claimed disability discrimination on behalf of a client against London Metropolitan University. 

Notable practitioners 

John Ford "knows his stuff," according to commentators. He has vast experience in education law and is well known in the field.

Karen May specialises in education law and community care work.

Helen Gill is "very thorough" and "immersed in the education field," according to sources. She represents clients in discrimination, exclusion and judicial review cases.

Band 2 | SEN Legal

第二等 |

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

What the team is known for Highly regarded for special educational needs work, including appeals in the Upper Tribunal and Court of Appeal. Also handles discrimination, post-19 placements, Court of Protection work, admissions and exclusions. As well as representing parents, the team also advises independent schools.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "I can't thank them enough for what they have done."  

Work highlights Acted for the parents of a child at the centre of a disability discrimination claim against The Trustees of Stanbridge Earls School. 

Notable practitioners  

Karen McAtamney "was a real rock" who "always presented in a way we could understand," according to sources. She is often involved in cases in the Upper Tribunal, High Court and Court of Appeal.

Clients appreciate Melinda Nettleton's "very clear advice." She is a well-known figure in the education law arena. 

第三等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 8 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Expertise in special educational needs tribunals, admissions and exclusions, primarily on the claimant side. The education team works in tandem with other departments such as personal injury, family, clinical negligence and community care. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Effectiveness: "They gave my son a future." 

Work highlights The firm represented the claimant in an appeal against Staffordshire County Council, negotiating to ensure the client's preferred placement. 

Notable practitioners

Rankeshwar Batta is a key contact.

第三等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 12 qualified solicitors

What the team is known for Advises on a range of matters for those eligible for legal aid, including on exclusions, admissions and special educational needs. Also runs a community legal advice education law line.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Expertise: "They're involved in bringing the more difficult cases." 

What's new? The firm was awarded one of three education advice contracts by the Legal Services Commission, enabling it to handle legally aided work from April 2013.

Notable practitioners

Noel Arnold is a key contact.

第三等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 3 qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Handles a range of matters, including special educational needs, admissions, exclusions, discrimination, bullying and post-16 matters. Notable experience in managing appeals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Service: "They held our hand all the way through the process."

Determination: "Very good at keeping your focus going." 

Clarity: "Communication has been excellent." 

Notable practitioners  

Imelda Brennan is a key contact.

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 Close links to NGOs and an administrative and public law background underpin this education law practice. Practitioners focus on special educational needs, often handling sensitive and high-profile matters. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Service: "Their services were absolutely top-rate." 

Work highlights Handled a discrimination claim between the family of a Muslim girl and the governing body of her school in relation to access to prayer facilities. 

The firm represented a young man with multiple learning difficulties in an appeal that achieved a residential specialist school placement for him.

Notable practitioners

Clients appreciate Alison Millar for being "tremendously supportive throughout the whole process." She focuses her practice on special educational needs and discrimination matters, and has a wealth of experience in handling cases in the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal.

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

Band 3 | Levenes

第三等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 2 solicitors

What the team is known for Handles a wide range of education law-related cases, particularly special educational needs. Active in dealing with tribunal and high court work.   

Notable practitioners

Chris Barnett is a key contact.

第三等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 2 directors/solicitors
- 1 in-house advocate
- Office locations ranked: London

What the team is known for A boutique education law practice with specialist employment expertise. Advises teachers and lecturers in addition to students.

Notable practitioners

Commentators praise Salima Mawji for her extensive knowledge of education law within the further and higher education spheres. She acts for students across a broad range of matters.

Sources describe Anita Chopra as "direct and to the point." She has an excellent reputation in special educational needs work, alongside admissions and exclusions matters.

第三等 |

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Offers a full range of services within education law and related litigation. Areas of expertise include special educational needs, disability discrimination, school transport, admissions and educational difficulties arising from medical negligence. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "A real commitment to providing a good client service and supporting children and families with learning difficulties."

What's new? The team continues to expand with the arrival of solicitor Victoria Edwards.

Notable practitioners  

Leena Hurloll heads the department.

Other Ranked Lawyers 其他上榜律师

Polly Sweeney of Irwin Mitchell "always goes the extra mile," according to sources. She handles difficult disability discrimination and special educational needs cases, and is praised for being "energetic, committed, supportive and bright."

"First-class" Iain Nisbet of Govan Law Centre is highly regarded in the field. Sources say "his work is impeccable" and that he "has an encyclopaedic knowledge" of education law. Clients also appreciate his exceptional service and dedication.

Michael Charles of Sinclairs Law is a well-known practitioner in the field, operating from offices in Wales. He has expertise in a wide array of education law issues and has worked on high-profile and important cases.

Beverley Watkins of Watkins Solicitors in Bristol is "absolutely fantastic," according to sources. She represents parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities, and is also well known for her work on admissions.

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