Chris Lewis
      • Chris Lewis
      • Senior Associate Solicitor (HCB Widdows Mason Ltd)
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    Chris Lewis

    Senior Associate Solicitor (HCB Widdows Mason Ltd)

    Area of expertise - Education Law
    Chris is a Senior Associate Solicitor and specialises in Education Law with a focus on special educational needs. Chris deals with the appeals process in both England and Wales. He provides advice and guidance on the following:

    Wales

    • Securing an Individual Development Plan [IDP]
    • Appeals against a refusal to undertake an Statutory Assessment for an Individual Development Plan
    • Appeals against a refusal to make an Individual Development Plan
    • Appeal against the content of the Individual Development Plan
    • Securing the preferred placement in an Individual Development Plan
    • Individual Development Plan Annual Reviews
    • Support with Statements of Special Educational Needs

    England

    • Securing an Education Health and Care Needs Assessment [EHCNA]
    • Appeals against a refusal to undertake an Education Health and Care Assessment
    • Appeals against a refusal to make an Education Health and Care Plan [EHCP]
    • Appeal against the content of sections B, F and I of the Education Health and Care Plan
    • Securing the preferred placement in an Education Health and Care Plan
    • Education Health and Care Plan Annual Reviews
    • Challenge SEN funding decisions
    • Obtaining specialist and / or residential school placements for children and young people with complex needs
    • Judicial Review for education issues
    • Challenge schools or Local Authorities that fail to provide special educational needs support and provision


    Approach
    Chris qualified as a Solicitor in 2006. He is an experienced solicitor and provides comprehensive legal support to his clients and has been advancing their legal rights for over eighteen years. Chris has developed a reputation for his sharp intellect, solid advice and unwavering determination to ensure his clients achieve the best possible result.

    Education law is a highly complicated area and he provides clear advice and guidance to his clients so that they understand their position. Chris is acutely aware that a young person’s wellbeing and education are of paramount importance and he works closely with his clients and their family members.

    Focus
    Chris acts for parents and children against Local Authorities and schools. His focus is to improve the lives of those with special educational needs by securing the right support, provision and funding to which they are legally entitled to receive.