Christopher McFarland

Christopher McFarland

Solicitor

Education Law, Higher Education Law, Special Educational Needs+44(0)29 2070 6444Penarth

Profile

Christopher is one of the firm’s solicitors working in the Penarth office. He studied Law at Aberystwyth University, earning an upper second-class degree in 2009. He went on to read for a Masters in Law at the University of Glasgow and subsequently completed the Legal Practice Course at Cardiff University, securing a distinction grade in both. He currently works in the education department under our CEO Mr Michael Charles.

Christopher was drawn to special educational needs and disability law due to his life experience of growing up alongside a sister who has severe learning difficulties and ASD. This experience gives Christopher a unique perspective in SEN cases and he has helped a number of children and young people into more supportive learning environments. Christopher is very passionate about ensuring that children with special educational needs and disabilities get the support they need. Christopher is experienced in both the English and Welsh legal system in relation to special educational needs and disability law and regularly practises in both jurisdictions.

Christopher has expertise in university cases and has brought a number of successful appeals against universities at both the internal and OIA levels. He has a strong grasp of the legal and regulatory principles that surround university cases and has helped a number of students achieve their goals of becoming professionally qualified, helping to ensure their successful future careers.

In addition to his education law experience, Christopher spent the first year of his traineeship under the tutelage of Vanessa Collins, head of private client, and is happy to advise clients on a variety of private client matters, including:

  • Wills
  • Probate
  • Lasting powers of attorney
  • General powers of attorney
  • Deputyship applications
  • Estate planning
  • Trusts

When not in the office, Christopher can be found spending time with his two sons Joseph (aged 5) and William (newborn).

If you would like to arrange an appointment with Christopher or the education department, please e-mail: education@sinclairslaw.co.uk.