Kevin McManamon

Kevin McManamon

Senior Associate Solicitor, Head of Court of Protection

Public Law, Education Law, Higher Education Law, Special Educational Needs, Court of Protection+44(0)29 2038 8398Cardiff


Kevin joined Sinclairslaw in the summer of 2016. He is a Senior Associate and national Head of the Firm’s Court of Protection Department.

Prior to joining Sinclairslaw, Kevin practised for a number of years in London at two highly regarded education and disability law practices.

He has over ten years of experience advising on public law, education law and disability related matters.

Court of Protection

Kevin is the Firm’s national Head of Court of Protection. He and his team represent “protected parties” and their families where a dispute arises concerning an adult who lacks capacity. Often such matters are urgent in nature. He has significant experience of acting on cases where disputes arise in relation to both personal welfare and property and finance. He regularly acts on matters concerning deprivation of liberty, decisions concerning medical treatment, where a protected party should live and whom they should have contact with. He is one of very few solicitors in Wales able to undertake such work under legal aid and is a legal aid supervisor.

Kevin is instructed on behalf of RPR’s, IMCA’s, the Official Solicitor, Attorneys and Deputies, other Litigation Friends and family members.

He and his team are also often called upon to advise on matters concerning Lasting Powers of Attorney and Deputyships.

Education Law

Kevin’s traditional practice area is that of special educational needs. He has been instructed on appeals and claims heard by the SEND Tribunal and regularly represents parents at hearings in both England and Wales. Having successfully acted in one of the first reported appeals from SEND to the Upper Tribunal, he has developed a breath of knowledge in this jurisdiction and is now frequently instructed by parents on appeals to the Upper Tribunal.

Alongside special educational needs, Kevin has also acted on Admission Appeals and Exclusion Appeals/Reviews. He has experience in advising on school re-organisation and advising Governing Body Disciplinary Committees.

In the further and higher education sector, Kevin has represented students facing disciplinary action by their college or university as well as those students in conflict with their institution over academic and other matters. His expertise in public law and disability discrimination matters is particularly sought after in this sector.

Kevin has spoken on education law matters at conferences and webinars and is a contributing editor to Clarke Hall and Morrison on Children.

Public Law

Kevin has a wealth of experience in successfully challenging the decisions of public authorities through Judicial Review. Alongside challenges to Local Authorities, Heath Authorities and Schools, Kevin has also successfully brought High Court challenges of Secretaries of State, Government Departments, First-tier Tribunals and Police Constabularies. He has acted on cases in the Court of Appeal and beyond. Many of these cases are recognised as leading authorities and have helped shape the law.

He is receiving an increased number of instructions relating to Inquests.

Kevin is listed as an “Associate to Watch” in Chambers and Partners 2017 and as a ranked individual in the 2015 edition of The Legal 500.

Kevin holds an LLB (Hons), LLM and AKC from Kings College, University of London and a PgDipPLS from City, University of London. He was called to the Bar in 2005, and worked as a non-practicing barrister until being admitted as a solicitor in 2008. Since 2008 he has practiced as a solicitor.

Some of Kevin’s reported and notable cases include:

• P –v- East Sussex County Council [2014] VWHC 4634 (Admin), High Court
• K & K –v- THE AUTHORITY [2014] ELR 295 UT (AC), Upper Tribunal
• JS –v- First Tier Tribunal [HESC] and London Borough of Greenwich [2011] UKUT374 (AAC), Upper Tribunal
• EH –v- Kent County Council [2011] EWCA Civ 709, Court of Appeal
• SB –v- Kent County Council [2011] HS/2397/2011, Upper Tribunal
• LM –v- London Borough of Lewisham (SEN) [2009] UKUT204(AAC), Upper Tribunal

Kevin is based in the Firm’s Head Office in Cardiff, but is happy to meet client’s in the Firm’s London offices or at other conferencing facilities throughout the Country.

What the leading Directories say about Kevin,

‘Incredibly bright’ associate Kevin McManamon ‘has a great depth of knowledge’ and ‘always advocates passionately on behalf of his clients’. Praised for his ‘detail-oriented approach’, McManamon has handled numerous public law cases in the healthcare sector, Legal 500, 2019

“Kevin McManamon of Sinclairslaw regularly advises clients in disputes involving schools, colleges and universities, with particular expertise in disability-related issues.”-  Chambers and Partners 2017

Kevin is a member of the Education Law Association, the Court of Protection Practitioners Association and the Mental Health Lawyers Association.