Gurvinder Samra > Shoosmiths LLP > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Shoosmiths LLP
B3 3AG

Work Department



Guv is a solicitor specialising in assisting parents of children and young people with special educational needs (SEN). She has been working within SEN law since 2014.

Her team secures the provision of services to be funded by local authorities for children and young adults with additional needs by way of EHC plans. Guv assesses EHC plans and advises on their contents to ensure they are fit for purpose. If there are deficiencies within the plans, Guv can assist in challenging local authority decisions by way of mediation or SEND tribunal appeal.

The types of services that Guv is able to secure for the children and young people that she represents include therapies such as physiotherapy, 1:1 teaching assistance and specialist placements.

Guv has regularly secured independent specialist placements worth over £70,000 a year at the local authorities’ expense by way of SEND appeal and through pre appeal negotiations.

Guv conducts seminars informing parents of their legal rights in respect of EHC plans and how they can enforce them.

She has links to local charities whom she regularly visits to assist parents of children with SEN. Guv regularly works with personal injury and clinical negligence solicitors, court of protection deputies and case managers, where, she is instructed on SEND appeals and pre appeal work achieving favourable outcomes within agreed fee budgets.


We entered into a tribunal against our local authority over an educational provision for our disabled son. We quickly realised that we needed legal representation. We had watched an online workshop hosted by Gurvinder Samra of Shoosmiths LLP and so enlisted her services. Gurvinder dealt with and arranged everything, Tribunal paperwork, expert witnesses, counsel and took charge of the case while maintaining an eye on the mounting fees keeping them at a reasonable level. We ultimately won the case, a result that without Gurvinder’s input would have had a different outcome.

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West Midlands > Public sector > Education

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Gurvinder Samra – Shoosmiths LLP

With a central focus on special educational needs and disability work, Shoosmiths LLP‘s ‘extremely competent, responsive and hard-working team’ is capable of advising on the entire process, including legal challenges, relating to tribunal appeals in these areas, covering a broad range of special needs, such as autism and cerebral palsy. Its client base includes parents and young people and the solicitors representing them, as well as Court of Protection deputies that manage the funds and affairs of young people. Kashmir Uppal leads the team alongside ‘trusted advisor’ Gurvinder Samra, who is ‘tenacious’ and ‘passionate’ in handling the Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan process, with particular expertise around the legal enforceability of the content of EHC plans and in securing council funding.