"Michael was absolutely amazing. I had so much confidence in him and he put me at ease and explained step by step the procedures throughout. I got the outcome I wanted which was best for my son."
sharon sugarman, london
"Service second to none - will always use Sinclairs for legal representation"
Betty Franklin, Barry
"Mike was professional, efficient and friendly. We always felt that we could trust him and that he treated our Son as he would have his own child. Our Son`s special needs are now met. Our hard earned and limited money was well spent!"
"I have used Sinclairs Solicitors on more that one occasion and find them excellent - I would not use any other Law firm - they are a no nonsence and to the point company, cant do enough for there clients and, and I trust them totally. "
Mrs Betty Franklin, Barry
"Thank you for being the most amazing lawyer and succeeding in getting me back into Medical School in October 2011. I managed to complete the amazing turnaround by passing my Medical Finals in March. I will be forever grateful for your work. You had a great manner and showed true professionalism. Keep up the good work! A doctor may save lives, but a lawyer can change lives"
"Thank you Rob, I am very grateful to you for all your help advice and support. I really feel that you were an Angel sent and could not have done it without your friendly manner and your belief in me. God Bless and have a wonderful Christmas."
"Thank you most sincerely Mike for your great work. You truly are an amazing lawyer for getting me back into medical school. I was certain that with your professionalism, passion and vast experience in law I will succeed. I shall be forever grateful. "
"After another Central London Education Law Firm failed, Mike was confident with my case from the offest and succeeded in reinstating me back into Leicester Medical School! What makes Mike so good, is not just his really good way with words, his vast experience or his in-depth knowledge of law, but his genuine compassion for his clients. He genuinely treats his clients like his own children. I will be referring a lot of people to this firm in the future. Thanks again SinclairsLaw, you have genuinely changed my life and I will be eternally grateful"
"Thank you for helping me with Riverston School"
"Mike Charles of Sinclairs Law lead an amazing victory over our Local Authority. Securing a placement for our daughter, into a school that would best serve her educational needs. We cannot thank Mike enough for all his hard work and professionalism. "
Mr & Mrs Adem, Enfield
Is Legal Aid available in Education Law Cases?
Be careful, as some may tell you that legal aid is not available in education law cases. That is not true. Legal Aid is available but can be limited. It is however available for those who need to bring a case before the High Court in Judicial Review. Maybe for example to secure an order to ensure that the local authority provides home tuition, or free school transport. As for educational negligence it is available although difficult to secure as the legal services commission operate a strict criteria to ensure that the case is worth bringing.
Can I instruct a solicitor to help me in an SEN tribunal case?
Legal aid is generally not available to those who seek actual attendance/representation in the Tribunal, although those in receipt of lower income may qualify for legal help which is legal advice and assistance. It will enable your solicitor for example to give you advice and help regarding your child's statement. They can also assist you through the majority of the tribunal process to include instructing and paying for experts on your behalf. For further information you may wish to visit the Legal Services Commission web site and consider specifically their eligibility calculator.
Legal help will not however enable your solicitor to attend before the tribunal on your behalf.
If however you have a case which you believe should go to the court to resolve ie Judicial Review or a case involving a claim for damages that may only be resolved through the courts legal aid may be available for this. If the case involves a child then usually it is the child's means that are relevant rather than the parents subject to the rule against abuse.
In order to apply for full legal aid to bring proceedings before the court in an education case you will need to make an application. This can take time, and will involve the Legal Services Commission receiving a formal application on a standard application form usually known as a CLS APP 1 form Click here to view the application form
If you wish to apply you may print out this form and complete it, although you will need to take legal advice first. The form is accompanied by a financial means form. The relevant form depends on your circumstances. If you are applying for a child this is a MEANS 4 form, or if applying for yourself it is a MEANS 1 form. If self employed you will need to fill out a MEANS 1A. Means 2 forms are for those on benefits. Please note however that you should take legal advice first before deciding on the forms to use. The relevant means assessment forms can be found by clicking here
Before applying for legal aid, you might wish to check if you will financially qualify. Visit our legal aid elegibility calculator by clicking here
Sinclairs Solicitors (Now Sinclairslaw) is one of the few firms in England and Wales which has a license to provide advice to the public under the legal aid scheme
It is important that when you need a solicitor to help you with educational problems that you turn to one who has the quality mark issued to it by the Legal Services Commission. Sinclairs are one of the few firms in the UK to hold a franchise in Education Law. Contacting us will leave you rest assured that your case will be handled by specialists.
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