I am often asked to recommend solicitors for SEN and disability cases. The following is a list of solicitors’ firms with whom I’ve worked and who I know have good expertise in SEN and disability issues. All these firms offer legal aid and will be able to advise disabled people and families about eligibility for public funding. All can help with judicial review cases and most advise and represent people in the First-tier Tribunal (education appeals) and the Court of Protection (Mental Capacity Act cases). However not every firm does every type of case. If in doubt, check the website or call the new enquiries number for the firm to ask.
I am not formally recommending these firms – because I can’t, I only know their work from my perspective as a barrister at the other end of the telescope from the client. However from what I know, I would be confident that all these firms will offer a good quality service from staff who are committed to disability rights. The best recommendations will come from disabled people and families who have used solicitors as clients – so ask around if you are in need of legal advice.
Some of these firms have offices around the country, others have just one office. Where the firm has a particular regional focus I have noted this. However geographical location isn’t as important as the right expertise, particularly as so much work is done online these days. You should be able to find out about each firm from their website, including any restrictions on the areas they serve.
If a firm isn’t on this list, it may be that I simply haven’t had the chance to work with them yet. Please post any recommendations for further firms in the comments section below.
Final point – the list is in alphabetical order to avoid any accusations of favouritism by the firms I work with!
Solicitors with expertise in SEN and disability cases (as at 13 September 2014)
- Ben Hoare Bell (North East) – http://www.benhoarebell.co.uk/. On Twitter @BenHoareBell
- Bhatia Best (East Midlands) – http://www.bhatiabest.co.uk/. On Twitter @BhatiaBest
- Bindmans – http://www.bindmans.com/. On Twitter @BindmansLLP
- Clarke Willmott – http://www.clarkewillmott.com/. On Twitter @CWCoP
- Coram Children’s Legal Centre (issues relating to children and care leavers only) – http://www.childrenslegalcentre.com/. On Twitter @CCLCUK
- Deighton Pierce Glynn – http://www.deightonpierceglynn.co.uk/. On Twitter @dpg_law
- Disability Law Service – http://www.dls.org.uk/. Not on Twitter.
- Irwin Mitchell – http://www.irwinmitchell.com/ On Twitter @IMPublicLaw
- Just for Kids Law (London – issues relating to children and care leavers only) – http://www.justforkidslaw.org/. On Twitter @Justforkidslaw
- Leigh Day – http://www.leighday.co.uk/. On Twitter @LeighDay_Law
- Mackintosh Law – http://macklaw.co.uk/. Not on Twitter.
- Maxwell Gillott – http://www.maxwellgillott.com/. On Twitter @MaxwellGillott
- SCOMO – http://www.scomo.com/. On Twitter @ScottMoncrieff