SEN4You provides legal advice, support and representation to parents and carers in the areas of special educational needs and disability (SEND). We are a service offered by Baker Small Solicitors and are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. We are recognised by the Legal 500 as a leading public sector education firm in the South East of England.
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 SEND system and in acting on a wide range of SEND tribunal appeals of varying complexity. These range from securing Education, Health and Care Needs Assessments for children to securing specialist 52 week residential placements.
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 SEND legislation, regardless of its complexity.
When we are instructed we manage the entire process for you. We will prepare all the necessary evidence to support your appeal and we will instruct independent experts to provide advice about your child's needs and the support they require. We are then able to represent you should the appeal not be resolved with the local authority.
We have significant experience of the SEND system and have experienced advising both parents and in the past, local authorities. We are unique in this respect. With our experience of how local authorities function are able to advise you on the full range of SEND appeals including:
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. Alternatively you can contact us directly by telephone or email to find out more about our services.