Andrew Barrowclough
      • Andrew Barrowclough
      • Director (HCB Widdows Mason Ltd)
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    Andrew Barrowclough

    Director (HCB Widdows Mason Ltd)

    Areas of Expertise - Education Law

    • Special Educational Needs Tribunal appeals
    • School Admission Appeals
    • School Exclusions
    • University Dispute Resolution (via OIA if necessary)
    • School Bullying Claims
    • School Reorganisations

    “Well… it’s been quite a journey but in the end all was achieved without ever having to set foot in the tribunal. Along the way you provided clarity, superb support and a dose of good humour.” Mr and Mrs T

    “A big thank you for all your hard work to date. Words cannot express our immense gratitude to you” Mr and Mrs M

    “I love my school. Thank you for beating the government” From H

    Approach

    Andrew is committed to providing clients with comprehensive and individual legal advice tailored to their situation. His approach is to attempt to resolve every case without recourse to a final hearing in the special needs tribunal or the court which assists in reducing costs overall. Andrew gives plain and practical advice throughout the duration of a case. He combines specialist knowledge of autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, MLD, SLD, PDA, language difficulties and physical impairments with expert legal advice.

    Focus

    Andrew is an accomplished specialist solicitor with 10 years of experience working as a litigator in tribunals, county courts, criminal courts and the Royal Courts of Justice. He has worked within the specialist field of Education Law since 2006 representing clients throughout England and Wales.

    In addition to being Head of Education across the HCB network Andrew now primarily assists parents of children with special educational needs as he passionately enjoys working within this particular niche. He works with a number of highly acclaimed specialist schools and experienced experts to put together strong tribunal appeals which enables the majority of cases to settle before the final tribunal hearing even takes place. Due to the specialist nature of Education Law Andrew works throughout the whole of England and Wales utilising offices across the HCB network when necessary. Recent successful tribunal cases include securing a £220,000 per annum provision for a young man with severe autism and a £150,000 per annum placement for a child with Cerebral Palsy.

    Andrew also assists University Students who have been treated poorly by their university and can advise regarding school complaints/ bullying. Furthermore Andrew has advised schools in the past regarding exclusions and reorganisation.

    Independent providers frequently worked with

    • Appleford School, Salisbury
    • Sunfield School, Birmingham
    • Craig Y Parc, Cardiff
    • Maple Hayes Hall School, Lichfield
    • Alderwasley Hall School, Derbyshire
    • Grateley House School, Hampshire
    • Sutherland House School, Nottingham
    • Queen Alexander College (QAC), Birmingham
    • National Star College, Cheltenham
    • St David’s College, Llandudno