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Human rights in schools

The education law team in the human rights department at Leigh Day has a experienced team of education law lawyers and is recognised by Chambers guide to the legal profession 2012 as showing ‘dedication to defending human rights and it is particularly active in cases relating to SEN, as well as matters concerning the effects of maintained schools converting to academies’, while Legal 500 2011 notes that partner Alison Millar is a ‘leading figure for education matters’.

Leigh Day’s education law specialists advise on a range of education law matters, but focuses particularly on the educational needs of children and young adults with learning difficulties and disabilities.  The team has extensive experience in representing families who wish to appeal against their local education authority’s assessment of their child’s special educational needs or ‘statement’ (SEN).  Our lawyers have experience in successfully challenged LEA assessments which has resulted in the alteration of the contents of a number of SEN statements for clients. Our specialist education lawyers also have experience of bringing appeals to the SENDIST (Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal). We have experience in working with families whose children have wide-ranging and complex learning disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, dyslexia, dyspraxia, hearing difficulties and visual impairment.

The human rights lawyers at Leigh Day are recognised nationally as being experts in bringing judicial reviews on behalf of local groups who are concerned about the establishment of academy schools in their area, and have successfully challenged plans by local education authorities to replace existing schools with city academies. The team has also advised on free schools and admission and exclusion matters.  Our education lawyer use judicial review to ensure that children receive all the education provision they are entitled to and we help people and groups who believe that their rights have been infringed by government bodies and other public authorities acting unfairly or unlawfully.

We also bring cases on behalf of adults who have suffered abuse, neglect, psychiatric harm and other injury or loss as a result of their local authority’s failure to provide education appropriate to their needs.

Download the Education, Health and Care Plans - What are they, how you can get one and what you can do when things go wrong factsheet. 

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