"I am a specialist Solicitor at SEN Legal; a highly successful education and disability law firm with a nationwide client base. Principally based in Suffolk but often travelling nationally, I have a vast range of expertise and have represented hundreds of parents with children/young persons with special educational needs to obtain fundamental special educational provision for them.
I originally entered this area of work after witnessing first-hand the difficulties that children with special educational needs face during my mother’s time as a 1:1 specialist disability Teaching Assistant.
Following my training (some 6 years of it) I was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors and in my firm quickly undertook the responsibility of advocating parental rights and informing them as to their legal entitlement up and down the Country.
I have recently featured on BBC Radio Suffolk, BBC Radio Sheffield and BBC Look North to discuss legal entitlement and parental rights in education law and the difficulties experienced in specific Local Authority areas. I also spend a lot of my time pro-bono, trying to pass information on to parents that they might not otherwise receive. I want to make a difference.
In addition to Appeals to the SEND Tribunal, Judicial Reviews, Care Proceedings and Disability Discriminations, I am also specialised in Court of Protection work. I regularly lecture in this area and was involved in the ground-breaking case of - In the Matter of H, on the application of F & M  EWCOP 52, concerning the appointment of Successive Deputies in a combined Health and Personal Welfare and Property and Affairs deputyship application in July 2015. I have also contributed a chapter on Deputyship to “[amazon_textlink asin='B071NL91Y1' text='Special Educational Needs and Legal Entitlement: getting out of the maze' template='ProductLink' store='specialndsjungl-21' marketplace='UK' link_id='6c5ed152-b98d-11e7-bd1c-55bd0dfbdf49'], 2nd edition” which is now available to buy on Amazon."
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