Kevin McManamon

Kevin McManamon

Associate Solicitor

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


Kevin joined Sinclairslaw as an Associate Solicitor in the summer of 2016 in order to lead public law and legal aid.

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

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

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.

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 both Admission Appeals and Exclusion 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.

Court of Protection

An increasing amount of Kevin’s work involves representing “protected parties” before the Court of Protection. He has experience of acting on matters 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 the protected 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.

He 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 London office or at other conferencing facilities the Firm has throughout the Country.

What the leading Directories say about Kevin,

“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 Practioners Association and the Mental Health Lawyers Association.