SEN4You is a a specialist service provided by Baker Small Solicitors. We are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and are recognised by the Legal 500 as a leading public sector education firm (South East).
We provide advice and legal support to parents and carers who are in dispute with their local authority in respect of the provision made for their child with Special Educational Needs (SEN). We recognise that as a parent/carer with a child with SEN, 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 in a wide range of appeals from refusal to assess cases to requests for 52-week residential placements. We undertake all cases in-house and therefore costs can be kept to a minimum.
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.