SEN Legal was incorporated in 2003 and specialises in Education Law – in particular Special Educational Needs and Disability Discrimination.
SEN Legal is a major national player in the field of Special Educational Needs, and has succeeded in over half dozen major reported decisions (details of which can be found on out ‘Report Cases‘ page). This is wholly exceptional for a practice of this size and something which we are very proud of. Our service is offered throughout England and Wales and we now have a national client base. We act on behalf of private individuals, principally against Local Education Authorities and occasionally against Universities and Independent Schools.
With over a decade of experience in the area of Special Educational Needs & Disability Tribunal work, SEN Legal currently run approximately 200 Appeals per year on behalf of parents, guardians and grandparents of children with special educational needs.
We remain one of the most successful practices in this area of law with a consistent success rate of over 90%.
Our founder, Melinda Nettleton.
Melinda Nettleton qualified as a solicitor in 1980 working initially for a Local Authority and subsequently as a Senior Crown Prosecutor for 18 years. Deciding to specialise in Special Educational Needs law, Melinda continues a family tradition as her uncle, Lord Justice Scrutton (Lord Justice of Appeal), gave judgement in one of the first Education Law Cases.
Melinda established SEN legal ltd in 1999 in response to the situation she had faced personally whilst obtaining a Statement of Special Educational Needs for her own son. Having secured the correct educational support, he then went on to obtain a First in his Degree. This just goes to show what can be achieved with the right level of provision.
In 2015, Melinda co-wrote ‘Special Needs and Legal Entitlement‘ – a comprehensive guide to the legal rights of children and young people with special educational needs which is now in its 2nd Edition.
This guide, helps parents to understand the legal entitlements of their child, and includes all the most recent developments in law, clearly explaining the key issues in a complex system. It explains what an Education, Health and Care Plan is, how assessments are carried out, and how annual reviews, amendments, rights of appeal and tribunals work in practice.
‘Special Needs and Legal Entitlement’ has proven to be an essential handbook for parents of children with special educational needs as well as a key reference for teachers, charities, Local Authority officers, and lawyers in other fields.