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  1. Education: individuals
  2. Leading individuals

Excellent’ niche education firm Douglas Silas Solicitors takes a ‘knowledgeable’, ‘helpful’ approach in representing the parents of children with special educational needs (SEN). In 2012, the firm acted for parents in successfully securing local authority funding for independent schools places. Douglas Silas is ‘dedicated’ and ‘proficient’.

Irwin Mitchell’s ‘strong’ team, led by Yogi Amin, is recommended for judicial review claims. In 2012, the firm also secured an unconditional withdrawal of prosecution for a parent facing prosecution for school non-attendance. Solicitor Angela Sandhal is recommended for her tenacity. Andrew Lockley has left the firm.

Boutique practice Match Solicitors provides an ‘extremely high’ level of service. Anita Chopra has an active schools practice, and an ‘excellent understanding of all areas of education law’. The higher education department is headed by Salima Mawji, who has an ‘impeccable’ knowledge of the field, and has represented numerous students before internal panel hearings at universities.

Leading firmMaxwell Gillott Solicitors provides ‘first-class’ service, and has a ‘diligent, eloquent and highly skilled’ team. ‘Very experienced litigatorAngela Jackman is currently acting for a parent in a judicial review claim challenging a refusal to grant free-school funding. Elaine Maxwell is highlighted for her knowledge and experience, and Eleanor Wright is ‘excellent in all respects’.

John Ford Solicitors’ ‘valuable’ and ‘committed’ team has historically focused on representing parents of school pupils, but has a growing reputation advising students in higher education matters. In 2012, the firm obtained an injunction in a school exclusion case. Assistant Karen May heads the team. Associate Helen Gill is ‘bright’ and ‘efficient’, and Marian Shaughnessy is also recommended. John Ford has ‘excellent knowledge of the law’.

Langley Wellington LLP Solicitors advises the parents of children with special educational needs. Associate Imelda Brennan leads the team, which also advises on school admissions and exclusions and school attendance issues.

Leigh Day handles SEN appeals, discrimination claims and advisory matters, and has developed expertise in the traveller education community. Recent work includes advising members of the NUT and the Anti-Academies Alliance on challenges to the privatisation of education. Alison Millar and Richard Stein are key figures.

In 2012, SEN Legal advised on challenges to statements of SEN, and appeals concerning residential school placements. Melinda Nettleton is recommended for her ‘expertise, knowledge and calm demeanour’.

Fisher Meredith LLP’s team head Amara Ahmad has particular expertise in learning difficulty assessments and school admission issues. Other recent work for the team includes disability discrimination and school exclusion matters.

Chris Barnett, who heads the team at Levenes, ‘knows education law inside out’.

The Children's Legal Practice Ltd advises on SEN matters, including assessments and statements, and child protection issues.

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