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The National SEND Tribunal Trial: what does it mean for families?

Hayley Mason March 23rd, 2018

The National Trial which extends the powers of the First-tier (SEND) Tribunal to make non-binding recommendations about the health and social care aspects of Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans will begin on 3rd April 2018. The Trial is due to last for two years. This means that for the first time parents/young persons will be Read More

Diversity Data

Karen McAtamney September 22nd, 2015

Our regulatory body, the Solicitors Regulation Authority require us to collect, publish and report to them data about the diversity of our workforce. As we are a small firm, we aren’t able to publish the data in as much detail as a larger firm might be able to, as we need to avoid publishing data Read More

2015, The Year so Far

Debbie Lee June 5th, 2015

SEN Legal would like to let you know that we have just been told that another of our cases will be appearing in the Law Reports. This means that we have had 3 successful cases reported in the Law Reports so far in this current year. On another note, the London Borough of Newham, who Read More

Deputyship Orders in the Court of Protection

Debbie Lee February 25th, 2015

Where a young person will lack capacity to manage their own affairs post 18, an Order for Deputyship should be applied for in the Court of Protection if parents want to retain the same rights to manage the young person’s Finances, and/or Health and Welfare once they reach the age of 18. Deputyship Orders are Read More

The new Special Needs Maze

Debbie Lee February 17th, 2015

Check out the article in The Guardian’s Education section by John Harris on the revised English system for Special Educational Needs which has been introduced via the Children & Families Act 2014 The Guardian – Education

But can’t my MP help?

Karen McAtamney October 31st, 2014

Something that arose in a conversation I was having on Twitter back in September could really do with being further expanded upon in chunks of more than 140 characters at a time. The snippet of constitutional law that’s relevant is this: One of the underlying principles of most democracies involves the separatation of power between:- Read More


Karen McAtamney September 15th, 2014

One of the questions I am often asked and also something that I notice a lot in reading proposed Statements for children (I’ve yet to see a proposed EHC Plan, which isn’t terribly surprising as it’s only September and the legislation has only been in force for 15 days!) concerns Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Read More

Unintended consequences

Karen McAtamney September 15th, 2014

One of the peculiar things about Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014, is that it creates different classes of adults: those who are aged 18 – 25 and those who are aged 26 and over. So, to take a worked example: If you’re 20 and you’re travelling in a car with a Read More