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UK Guide

Education: Individuals — UK-wide

Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 6 Partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Lancaster, London

What the team is known for Stellar education team representing private and legal aid clients in a range of complex issues. Particularly well known for its expertise in assisting young adults with learning difficulties, admissions and exclusions and judicial review cases.  

Notable practitioners  

Angela Jackman is an erudite education and community care lawyer with a focus on complex SEN matters. Sources say: "Her judgement really stands out and she has great depth of experience."

Head of department Imogen Jolley has a strong track record handling admissions and exclusions appeals on behalf of parents. She is described by commentators as "very accessible, knowledgeable and easy to work with."

Dan Rosenberg is praised for "his impressive knowledge, technical nous and personability." He is particularly adept in complex judicial review proceedings involving the provision of education to children and young people.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Well-established education firm focusing solely on SEN work. Excellent track record obtaining appropriate educational provision for clients, including children and young adults with disabilities and other complex needs.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A very successful specialist SEN practice." 

Notable practitioners  

Douglas Silas has long-standing experience in the education sector and is particularly well known for his knowledge of SEN issues. Observers note that he is "very committed and always a pleasure to work with."

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Distinguished education group representing parents and individuals in legal challenges against the decisions of schools, universities and local authorities. Practitioners have strong experience in equality law, SEN tribunal work and human rights-related claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They fight for their clients' interests tenaciously and pragmatically and are reasonable lawyers to deal with."

"They got the right experts on board to do the reviews, their written submissions were in depth and well researched and they were extremely approachable."

"They have good personal relationships with their clients and they care a great deal about getting good results."

Notable practitioners  

John Ford predominantly acts for individuals on a legal aid basis. Sources remark that he has "excellent client care skills - he takes a genuine interest in how they are doing."

According to interviewees, Karen May "is very quick, tenacious and committed." She is particularly adept at handling sophisticated judicial review proceedings and SEN issues.  

Helen Gill represents claimants in an array of matters, including discrimination and human rights claims and school exclusion cases. Commentators say: "She has excellent writing and research skills and her communication with us was spot-on. She converted tricky legal points into layman's language."

Marian Shaughnessy is well versed in all aspects of community care and education and frequently represents vulnerable and disabled clients. Commentators enthuse: "She is very calm and good at standing back and seeing the bigger picture."

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London 

What the team is known for Highly regarded boutique practice offering the full spectrum of education law advice. Routinely acts for university students, SEN pupils of various ages and teaching professionals.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"The firm is very efficient and friendly and their commercial awareness is very acute."

Notable practitioners  

Anita Chopra has a thriving education practice taking in a range of issues from SEN matters to school exclusion cases. Clients say she is "very approachable and accessible and really has a passion for the work."

Salima Mawji handles disputes between students and further and higher education institutions. One commentator remarks that she "has a tremendous empathy with clients." 

Chris Barnett has extensive experience handling SEN tribunal proceedings and admissions and exclusions appeals. Sources are quick to commend his strong reputation and knowledge in this field.  

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Bristol

What the team is known for Reputable claimant-side education practice handling a large volume of SEN matters, including arrangements for educational provision, in the independent schools sector. Regularly acts for clients before the Upper and First-tier Tribunals and in sophisticated public law challenges.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)  

"They have absolute commitment to their clients and no matter how tricky a legal problem is, there is always someone in-house who can help."

"The are very knowledgeable and efficient and provide advice to a high standard."

Notable practitioners  

Polly Sweeney has a broad-ranging practice encompassing exclusions and admissions work and disability discrimination claims. Sources say: "Her commitment to protecting the rights of disabled children and adults is obvious. She works 24/7 to get the right outcome and is not afraid to take on complicated and challenging cases, providing a clear voice in the often chaotic world of SEN and public law."

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office location: Gloucester

What the team is known for Prominent national practice with considerable experience assisting children and young adults in post-16 and post-19 provision. Particularly noted for its strong track record in SENDIST proceedings.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They always meet deadlines, they make time to speak to you and they offer much-needed help and support. The whole operation was excellent from start to finish."

"Langley Wellington is very well organised, knowledgeable and prompt in its responses. They do not waste unnecessary hours and they are effective and considered in their advice." 

Notable practitioners  

Imelda Brennan is a seasoned education lawyer with particular expertise in judicial review matters. She is highly praised by the market for her strong knowledge, empathy and listening skills.

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Sophisticated human rights practice with a strong emphasis on education matters including admissions and exclusions reviews and SEN/EHC plans before the First-tier and Upper Tribunals. Routinely instructed by children and parents of children with SEN and disabilities as well as NGOs and charities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They provide a good, forensic approach to cases and raise good arguments."

Work highlights Successfully acted for a group of SEN pupils in a matter concerning the sudden reduction in teaching hours of a course that the students were already enrolled on. 

Notable practitioners  

Charlotte Skouby frequently advises parents of children with SEN in complex human rights appeals and judicial review cases. Observers note that she "has a good relationship with clients."

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers UK guide

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

What the team is known for Remains a solid choice for all types of education matters, including judicial review proceedings. Particularly well known for managing disputes involving the educational needs of children with brain injuries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)  

"Their experts are well informed and they are very efficient in the conduct of tribunal matters."

"They are incredibly organised, client-focused and very pleasant to work with. Client care is really important to them." 

Notable practitioners  

Leena Hurloll regularly represents clients in high-profile education cases before the Court of Appeal and Upper Tribunal. Particular areas of expertise include disputes over the provision of school transport, and exclusions and admissions matters.

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Band 1

Simpson Millar LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Angela Jackman is an erudite education and community care lawyer with a focus on complex SEN matters. Sources say: "Her judgement really stands out and she has great depth of experience."

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Band 1

Cairn Legal

From the Chambers UK guide

According to sources, Iain Nisbet of Cairn Legal is "very fair and firm and a tenacious litigator." He maintains a strong reputation in equality law matters, particularly cases involving disabled children and school placements.

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Band 1

Douglas Silas Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Douglas Silas has long-standing experience in the education sector and is particularly well known for his knowledge of SEN issues. Observers note that he is "very committed and always a pleasure to work with."

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Band 2

Match Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Anita Chopra has a thriving education practice taking in a range of issues from SEN matters to school exclusion cases. Clients say she is "very approachable and accessible and really has a passion for the work."

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Band 2

John Ford Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

John Ford predominantly acts for individuals on a legal aid basis. Sources remark that he has "excellent client care skills - he takes a genuine interest in how they are doing."

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Band 2

Match Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Salima Mawji handles disputes between students and further and higher education institutions. One commentator remarks that she "has a tremendous empathy with clients." 

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Band 2

John Ford Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Helen Gill represents claimants in an array of matters, including discrimination and human rights claims and school exclusion cases. Commentators say: "She has excellent writing and research skills and her communication with us was spot-on. She converted tricky legal points into layman's language."

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Band 3

Langley Wellington

From the Chambers UK guide

Imelda Brennan is a seasoned education lawyer with particular expertise in judicial review matters. She is highly praised by the market for her strong knowledge, empathy and listening skills.

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Band 3

Moore Blatch LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Leena Hurloll regularly represents clients in high-profile education cases before the Court of Appeal and Upper Tribunal. Particular areas of expertise include disputes over the provision of school transport, and exclusions and admissions matters.

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Band 3

Simpson Millar LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Angela Jackman is an erudite education and community care lawyer with a focus on complex SEN matters. Sources say: "Her judgement really stands out and she has great depth of experience."

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Band 3

Tayntons

From the Chambers UK guide

Robert Love of Tayntons has considerable expertise in education, health and care (EHC) plans, acting for a range of clients, including parents of children and young adults. Observers comment that he is "extremely well known in the field."

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Band 3

Simpson Millar LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Dan Rosenberg is praised for "his impressive knowledge, technical nous and personability." He is particularly adept in complex judicial review proceedings involving the provision of education to children and young people.

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Band 3

Watkins Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Beverley Watkins of Watkins Solicitors combines knowledge of family law and education law. She is particularly adept at handling SEN matters and is described by clients as "incredibly supportive and always available."

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Up and Coming

Irwin Mitchell

From the Chambers UK guide

Polly Sweeney has a broad-ranging practice encompassing exclusions and admissions work and disability discrimination claims. Sources say: "Her commitment to protecting the rights of disabled children and adults is obvious. She works 24/7 to get the right outcome and is not afraid to take on complicated and challenging cases, providing a clear voice in the often chaotic world of SEN and public law."

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Star Associate

John Ford Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Helen Gill represents claimants in an array of matters, including discrimination and human rights claims and school exclusion cases. Commentators say: "She has excellent writing and research skills and her communication with us was spot-on. She converted tricky legal points into layman's language."

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Associates to watch

Match Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Chris Barnett has extensive experience handling SEN tribunal proceedings and admissions and exclusions appeals. Sources are quick to commend his strong reputation and knowledge in this field.  

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Associates to watch

HCB Widdows Mason

From the Chambers UK guide

Edward Duff of HCB Widdows Mason advises a range of clients in securing appropriate education provision for children with SEN. One source remarks: "He is good at focusing on solutions, has a thorough knowledge of the legislation and keeps a constant eye on cost for the client."

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Associates to watch

Shoosmiths LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Gurvinder Kaur of Shoosmiths is a strong choice for tribunal proceedings involving children with brain injuries, cerebral palsy and other SEN. Reporters note that she is "very passionate, knowledgeable and pragmatic."

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Associates to watch

Sinclairs Law

From the Chambers UK guide

Kevin McManamon of Sinclairs Law regularly advises clients in disputes involving schools, colleges and universities, with particular expertise in disability-related issues.

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Associates to watch

Boyes Turner

From the Chambers UK guide

Laxmi Patel of Boyes Turner is "always very calm under pressure, very empathetic towards clients and very organised and thorough," according to commentators. She frequently appears in sophisticated matters before the SENDIST.

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Associates to watch

Atherton Godfrey

From the Chambers UK guide

Angela Sandhal of Atherton Godfrey is highly commended for her knowledge of education law. She has an excellent track record handling claims brought by students against higher education institutions.

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Associates to watch

John Ford Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Marian Shaughnessy is well versed in all aspects of community care and education and frequently represents vulnerable and disabled clients. Commentators enthuse: "She is very calm and good at standing back and seeing the bigger picture."

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Associates to watch

Leigh Day

From the Chambers UK guide

Charlotte Skouby frequently advises parents of children with SEN in complex human rights appeals and judicial review cases. Observers note that she "has a good relationship with clients."

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