The expertise of members of the Public Law team in relation to education is particularly focussed on children and young people with special educational needs (SEN). The team has acted in many of the leading SEN cases, including intervening for the National Autistic Society in A v Essex, the first Supreme Court case to consider the right to education for disabled children. The team includes one of the authors of the Legal Action Group publication Disabled Children: A Legal Handbook, the leading practitioner text.
The team offers a full service to clients, from advise and representation in appeals to the First Tier and Upper Tribunals to judicial review claims in the higher courts. Given the depth of the team’s community care and health expertise, members are particularly well placed to act in complex cases involving multiple public agencies.
Members can also provide advice and representation for education sector clients, including schools, colleges and local authorities – both of pure education issues and wider issues where chambers has real expertise, such as procurement.