SEN4You is a reputable law firm that specialises in SEN legal advice and representations. We are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and are recognised by the Legal 500 as a leading public sector education firm in the South East of England.
We provide legal support to parents and carers who are in dispute with their local authority over the special educational needs and disability (SEND) amenities that are being offered to their child. We recognise that as a parent or carer the prospect of tackling the legalistic aspect of the education system is a daunting task. However, we are here to help you face this challenge and to secure the correct level of support your child needs.
We have significant experience of the SEN system and in acting on a wide range of SEN tribunal appeals. This covers an official refusal to assess a particular case for SEND provisions through to unsuccessful requests for 52-week residential placements. All cases are conducted in-house by our experience education lawyers.
There are many people offering SEN legal services including law firms and advocates. However, many firms rely on external counsel to present cases and to support the preparation of the appeal, which increases and duplicates the costs incurred. Few have direct experience of working for a local authority. In this respect we are unrivalled. We have considerable experience working for both parents and local authorities.
Although an "advocate" may provide a cost effective service, parents and carers should approach their use with caution. They tend to be 'unregulated' and if you end up in a dispute, you have no real means of being able to challenge the service you have received. You should also check that they have professional indemnity insurance, which is a requirement for all legal firms.
Ultimately, you need to decide who would be better placed to support you. In this respect, we are an obvious choice and feedback from our clients testifies to the quality of support and advice we provide.
Our legal team has a wealth of knowledge to deal with all areas of SEN legislation, regardless of its complexity.
When we are instructed to represent a client we manage the entire legal process. We will prepare all the necessary evidence to support your claim and we will instruct independent experts to provide insights and advice about your child's needs and the support they require.
With our experience of how local authorities function we can prepare solid appeals against:
If you would like to find out more information then please download our factsheets on the SEND tribunal process and how we can support you.