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Free Guide - The Use of, and how to choose, an SEND representative

Ed Duff
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Parents, advocates and lawyers have co-produced a guidance document – which can be downloaded here – for families to use when deciding if they need a representative, what type of representative they need and who specifically to use.   The...

Summer holidays - forward plan now to avoid issues later

Darren White
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As a parent the summer holidays can be a chance to spend quality time with the children ahead of the new school term. Often it’s the time most families plan their annual trips away.  This process can become difficult for separating couples as the...

Deadline for Post-16 EHCPs

Holly McCormick
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Sunday 31st March 2024 was the final date for Local Authorities to fulfil their statutory duties in finalising all Education Health Care Plans (EHCP’s) for young people with special educational needs and disabilities who plan to transition to Post-16...

Phase Transfer Deadline for EHCP's - 15 February 2024

Saskia Barnett
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The phase transfer deadline for Local Authorities is fast approaching. This means that, if your child has an EHCP and is due to transfer to another phase of education in September 2024, your Local Authority should finalise their decision in respect of your...

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Statistics 2023

Sophie Jenkins
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The government’s annual SEND statistics for 2022/23 have recently been released, revealing overwhelming figures and somewhat alarming results. The statistics can be accessed directly here . As a starting point, in the 2022/23 academic year, 14,000...

The Government's Campaign regarding School Attendance

Holly Blacklaws
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Parents may have seen the recently released campaign from the Government targeting children’s attendance at school. This is further to the announcement that school non-attendance is now a key concern for the Government following the news that there are...

What if the government doesn't scrap inheritance tax?

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We have all heard that the government is considering scrapping inheritance tax in their spring budget of 2024 with some suggesting this is a move to win over voters ahead of the next election. But don’t get our hopes up just yet, this isn’t the...

Divorce day 2024 - What you need to know

Darren White
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With January, a sad trend known as Divorce Day happens on the first working day of the year. This article aims to answer some of the key questions you may have and hopefully provide some reassurance.   How long will a Divorce take?   Will I be...

Christmas contact - prepare now to avoid a nasty surprise

Darren White
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With Christmas just around the corner it’s really important to start the preparations early, making sure everything for the special day is in place. For separated couples, one of the most important considerations will often be the arrangements for...

Government announces that no fault evictions will not be abolished until after court improvements.

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In August 2022 we published a blog post detailing what was known at that stage of the Government’s plans to abolish ‘no fault’ evictions under Section 21 Housing Act 1988. That post can be accessed here  and also summarises what...

Abuse After Separation - 7 signs to spot

Darren White
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It is sad to say that in many relationships domestic abuse is becoming a more common feature.  Sadly, this does not always end on the relationship breaking down.  This article aims to help identify the 7 different types of abuse that can happen after a relationship ends and what can then be done to assist people.
 

New government target to cut the number of new EHCPs by 20%

Saskia Barnett
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It has recently been revealed that the government has signed a contract targeting 20% cuts to the number of new Education, Health and Care Plans (“EHCPs”) being issued for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities...

Refusal to attend school? - SEN

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A REFUSAL TO ATTEND SCHOOL – WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS AND DISABILITIES  The Guardian recently published an article titled “Children are holding a mirror up to us’: why are England’s kids...

Birmingham S114 Notice - Impact on young people

Laura Giggs
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What does Birmingham’s declaration of financial distress mean for its vulnerable children and Young People? Today, Birmingham City Council has declared itself effectively bankrupt and issued a Section 114 notice which prevents all but essential...

GSCE results day 2023

Robert Slade
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Today on GCSE results day, thousands of students across the country anxiously await their exam results. Understandably, this is a nerve-wracking and emotional time for both students and their families. If your results are not as expected – do not...

CAHMS neurodevelopmental assessment crisis

Sophie Jenkins
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Alarmingly, a recent study by The House Magazine highlights that in 2022, children in the UK waited an average of 16 months for an ADHD or autism screening. The longest average wait in the UK was reported in Belfast, with children waiting 5 years for just an...

The Impact of the EHCP Statistics 2022/2023

Saskia Barnett
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The latest annual statistics regarding Special Educational Needs and Education, Health and Care plans (“EHCPs”) have recently been released by the Government. It is no surprise that the total number of children and young people with EHCPs has...

New SEND Tribunal Direction

Holly Blacklaws
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The Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal has substantially amended the directions that they provide at the outset of an appeal, for the first time in recent memory. This substantial change to the appeal process is likely to have a significant...

Mandatory Mediation

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On the 24th March the Ministry of Justice announced their plans to make mediation mandatory in all family cases unless there are allegations or a history of domestic violence or safeguarding issues. To help families we will see the government’s Family...

EHCP - Post 16 Phase transfer deadline

Samantha Hale
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31 March EHCP deadline for transition to Post-16 placements in September 2023  – We answer frequently asked questions on this deadline, process and appeals. What is the 31 March deadline?  Local Authorities must issue Final Amended EHCPs...

Pre/Post Nuptial Agreements

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There is a common myth, which I have heard clients repeat that “If I built the asset up before the marriage, it can’t be claimed against”. Unfortunately this is not necessarily the case, and with multiple and later life marriages becoming...

Secondary School Admissions National Offer Day

Samantha Hale
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1st March is National Offer day for secondary school placements for September 2023 (Year 7). We answer frequently asked questions on this deadline, process and appeals. What is the 01 March deadline?   If your child is due to start secondary...

Secondary transfer EHCP deadline - Q&A

Samantha Hale
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We answer frequently asked questions on this deadline, process and appeals. What is the 15 February deadline?   Local Authorities must issue Final Amended EHCPs for children who are due to transition to a secondary school placement in September...

EHCP Phase Transfer Deadline - 15 February 2023

Sophie Jenkins
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If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan (‘EHCP’) and will be transferring between phases of education in September 2023, you may be aware that the phase transfer deadline is fast approaching. The statutory deadline for Local...

Mediation in Family Law

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What is Mediation? Mediation is a place where you and your ex-partner can discuss your issues with a trained mediator present who can facilitate a constructive conversation, stop your emotions taking over, try to help you see both sides of the issue and...

I've done my own Divorce. What now?

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I have written last year, about the change to the Divorce Law, which was implemented on 6th April 2022. The change that many wanted, and that after years (possibly decades) of lobbying we now have. I spent some time exploring how the change in the law has...

University Strikes November 2022 - your rights as a student

Sophie Jenkins
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The University and College Union (“UCU”) has announced that university staff will strike on the 24th, 25th and 30th November 2022 over pay, pensions and working conditions. The strikes will take place at 150 universities across the UK, with an...

Considerations for Tenants - Commercial Property Leases

Sunita Hazelwood
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WHAT DO I NEED TO CONSIDER AS A TENANT LEASING COMMERCIAL PROPERTY? Taking on commercial property as your new place of business is a major commitment. You need to consider carefully the details of the lease and any property information, to be confident that...

What is a Green Lease?

Sunita Hazelwood
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How to reduce our environmental footprint is something that, as a society, we are having to consider more and more on a daily basis.  Landlords and Tenants are also being forced by government policies to re-focus on energy efficiency and sustainability...

New admissions appeal code - October 2022

Robert Slade
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As a parent, you can express a preference about which school your child attends. The Local Authority must comply with that preference, unless certain exemptions apply. If you are not happy with the decision made by the admissions authority, you can then look...

PhD disputes - getting support as a student

Robert Slade
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As higher education specialists, we have helped many PhD students deal with a variety of issues that they face on the many years that they spend on their PhD. Whether this is issues with supervision, with intellectual property rights or disputes over...

To Vaccinate, or not to Vaccinate: One Year On

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Last September, I explored whether or not children should receive the Covid-19 vaccination. One year on, where are we now and how does the Court view the issue? 2020 In the case of K (A Child: permission to vaccinate) [2020] EWHC 3775 (Fam), the Court...

School Exclusions & Social Media

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Offensive videos of teachers and pupils are now circulating social media platforms such as TikTok, and subsequently, we are seeing an increasing number of both fixed term and permanent exclusions as a result. This is now a widely reported issue, becoming...

A-Level Results 2022

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As A-Level results day 2022 draws closer, thousands of students across the country anxiously await their exam results. Understandably, this is a nerve-wracking and emotional time for both students and their families. If your A-Level results are not as...

Abolishing 'no fault evictions' - what we know so far.

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Following recent news coverage we have received a number of enquiries from our residential landlord clients about the proposed abolition of Section 21 (S.21) and so called ‘no fault evictions’. What is S.21? The introduction of the Housing...

School Exclusion Guidance Updates 2022

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Our specialist education lawyers receive regular enquiries from parents who wish to challenge the decision of a school to permanently exclude their child. Our solicitors appreciate the concerns that parents have regarding the effect of an exclusion, whether...

Why it is worth instructing specialist will dispute solicitors

John Buckle
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Recent research about inheritance disputes has thrown up some interesting results. According to the survey:- Three in four people are likely to experience an inheritance/Will dispute in their lifetime. Inheritance disputes amongst siblings are the most...

How have Special Educational Statistics Changed 2021/2022?

Holly Blacklaws
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How have Special Educational Statistics Changed in England in the Academic Year 2021/2022? The Government have recently released the latest annual statistics regarding Pupils in England with Special Educational Needs and Education Health and Care Plans....

Education, Health and Care Plans - The latest statistics

Samantha Hale
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The Department for Education has published its most recent statistical data regarding Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs), for 2021. We've summarised below some of the key findings: EHCPs The number of children and young people with EHCPs ...

No-Fault Divorce - What do we need to know?

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Throughout March and April 2022 you will most likely have heard or seen in the the news, the revolutionary change to the Law; the introduction of no-fault divorce, after many, many years of lobbying. Prior to the Divorce, Dissolution and...

University Complaints reach all time high

Robert Slade
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Earlier this week, the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (“OIA”) announced in their annual report that complaints they had received from students in England and Wales about their university courses had reached an all-time high, with over a...

Primary School Admissions Appeals

Robert Slade
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- Challenging your child’s school place The impact that a child’s school can have on their education cannot be understated. The right school, the right teacher and the right environment can make all the difference in allowing your child to...

What is the Down Syndrome Bill?

Samantha Hale
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The Down Syndrome Bill was introduced in Parliament as a Private Member’s Bill. It has now completed its parliamentary passage and is due to receive Royal Assent soon, but what does this all mean? A Bill is draft legislation that only becomes law if...

SEND Review Green Paper

Ed Duff
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On 29 March 2022, the Government published a Green Paper entitled “SEND Review; Right Support, Right Place, Right Time”.  This article will be sent, in full, to the Department for Education via the consultation email address.  We have...

31 March EHCP deadline for transition to Post-16 placements in September 2022

Samantha Hale
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We answer frequently asked questions on this deadline, process and appeals. What is the 31 March deadline?    Local Authorities must issue Final Amended EHCPs for children who are due to transition to a Post-16 placement in September 2022, by 31...

EHCP Deadline for post 16 placements

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31st March – a key date for young people with EHCPs who are due to transition to post 16 placements in September 2022 The 31st March is the statutory deadline by which time a young person should have received their final amended Education, Health...

R (L, M and P) v Devon County Council [2022]

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LONG AWAITED JUDGEMENT PROVIDES CLARITY REGARDING ANNUAL REVIEW TIMESCALES FOR LOCAL AUTHORITIES R (L, M AND P) V DEVON CITY COUNCIL [2022] EWHC 493 (Admin) This landmark decision provides welcome confirmation of the timescale that each local authority...

Secondary School Admissions appeals 2022

Robert Slade
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The transition from primary to secondary school should be an exciting opportunity for children and their parents. However, for those who have been refused their chosen school it can instead be a stressful experience. Fortunately, there is a procedure in...

University disputes - your rights as a student

Robert Slade
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Your time in university should hopefully be a rewarding and fulfilling experience which lets you develop the skills you need for later in life. However, there are many examples of things that can go wrong. You could face issues with the faculty, the course...