Sinclairslaw respond to the SEN inquiry

Dear Sir Re: Special Educational Needs and disabilities inquiry Introduction I have had the pleasure of representing scores of families in special needs cases over the past 25 years. The inquiry is a welcome opportunity to advance some of my thoughts in the hope that it will help achieve real improvement in an area which sadly is riddled with problems. Unlike an inquiry which some may say will provide a snap shot of the times,

Wales Autism Shows: Sinclairslaw Education Law team deal with your questions

Our amazing Education Law team were ready on hand to deal with public questions and to provide guidance on the new Welsh law in special needs cases at the Wales Autism Shows. The show which is now in its second year held the event last Friday in Llandudno North Wales and scores of people attended. Chris McFarland Associate Solicitor within the Cardiff Education law department said “The turnout at the event was excellent. Sinclairslaw are

Special educational needs seminar reaches record audience

The Sinclairslaw special educational needs seminar broadcast live on Facebook on 4th June, has now been viewed by over twenty thousand people. A spokesperson for Sinclairslaw stated today “this is a wonderful achievement and demonstrates the incredible work that the Education Law team do. This is a record so far.” For those who have not yet seen it – click here to watch on the Sinclairslaw facebook page click here Today members of the Sinclairslaw

Special Needs update : Child Mediation Service apologises after Sinclairslaw challenge

A National Mediation provider appointed by scores of Local Education Authorities across England in child special educational needs cases was forced to apologise this week after a challenge brought against it by Sinclairslaw CEO Mr Michael Charles. The debate began after a client of the firm in a special needs case asked the mediation service to allow a lawyer to attend a meeting between themselves and their Local Authority in order to resolve a dispute

Seminar – 13th July 2018

A free seminar for practitioners will be hosted by Sinclairslaw’s specialist Education law and Court of Protection team in conjunction with No5 Chambers

Sinclairslaw acquires the fabulous Match brand

Match Solicitors sells its Brand to Sinclairslaw to create the go to Education Law Firm! Sinclairslaw is delighted to announce that it has bought the five star brand of Match Solicitors which now makes Sinclairslaw the leading Education Law practice in England and Wales. Match Solicitors was set up by Anita Chopra and Salima Mawji in April 2005 and after a highly successful 13 years of trading, the brand Match Solicitors now joins Sinclairslaw which

Free live seminar – Bullying , Special Need Tribunal Preparation and Negligence. Taking your questions now.

Another live seminar will take place at 6.15pm on 4th June 2018. After the incredible success of the anti bullying seminar in 2017 which saw viewing numbers exceed 15000, another free event has been announced. This one however will be different. Sinclairslaw has for 2018 produced a drama based on true events. It follows the story of 12 year old fictional character Jonathan Fletcher, who has autism and is placed at a mainstream secondary school.

Our winners are announced!

Watch the final episode of the Sinclairslaw search for an apprentice. The winners will become a solicitor. CLICK HERE Or Watch here


It is understandably rare for a court of appeal to be so critical of the conduct of an inferior court yet this month the Upper Tribunal launched what can only be described as a highly critical, some may say scathing attack on the approach taken by the President of the Welsh special needs tribunal in a case involving a parent of a disabled child who sought to register an appeal against a decision by Denbighshire

Possession Order successfully obtained at first appearance

Robert North, Director and Head of Litigation and Matthew Wyard, Barrister, have successfully secured a Possession Order for a residential landlord following his tenants threats to damage his property and amassing significant rent arrears. The key issue was whether rent was “lawfully due” from the tenants to the landlord. At the first hearing the court was persuaded to grant the order sought with immediate effect. If you are a landlord with problem tenants then contact

The OIA’s Annual Report – Cause for Concern?

The OIA has recently published its annual report, a document that makes for fascinating but in places quite worrying reading. In this piece, Robin Jacobs, one of our education specialists, discusses the report. As most readers will already be aware, the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education is an ombudsman which deals with complaints by students. The scheme applies to most, though not all, higher education providers in England and Wales. It is

Student Rights Seminar to be held in London on 22 May 2018 2pm. (Admission Free)

Students’ rights and the law: what your Student Union needs to know Tuesday, 22nd May 2018 2pm – 5pm followed by drinks and an informal discussion Serjeants’ Inn Chambers 85 Fleet St, London EC4Y 1AE We are delighted to invite you to a higher education law seminar which will be hosted by Sinclairslaw and Serjeants’ Inn Chambers. The panel will be led by leading experts in the field of education and professional discipline law and

WE ARE HIRING – Legal Assistant/Paralegal

An exciting opportunity has arisen within our Court of Protection, Education and Public Law Department. The Department has grown substantially within the last 2 years and has ambitious plans to further increase its market share over the next 12 months. Predominantly acting for vulnerable adults who lack capacity as well as disabled children, the Department has a national reputation and is led by a recognised leading expert in the field. The successful candidate will be

Michael Charles makes a statement to the media about Grammar Schools

It is interesting that the policy to promote Grammar schools is highlighting a distinct contrast to the Welsh law which forbids the creation of new schools of this kind. It is long established that Local Government is under an obligation by law to promote high standards in its schools although it is questionable whether this is a course pursuant to those objectives. The benefits include the idea that it increases the prospect of social mobility,

Litigation department successfully defends bankruptcy petition

Robert North, Director and Matthew Wyard, Barrister, of the Sinclairslaw litigation department recently successfully represented a client defending bankruptcy proceedings brought by a large, well known pay day loans company. Having taken a large loan out over a year ago that the Firm’s clients had been unable to pay back, proceedings were issued against them by the lender. Following various offers of settlement that were rejected and various attempts made to avoid court action, the

Grandparents and the right to have contact with grandchildren: what’s the big deal?

Should there be a legal presumption in favour of grandparents having contact with their grandchildren upon divorce? This is the tricky question that parliament now has to grapple with, but surely the answer is a resounding yes. Many couples don’t realise that the grant of a decree absolute can often be just the beginning of their spousal battle leading to years of arguments over the distribution of the family’s financial assets and arrangements concerning children.

Episode One of the Sinclairslaw apprentice search out now

The first episode of the Sinclairslaw search for a school leaver to become a Solicitor apprentice has been released. The winning candidates will be able to escape typical student debt and earn while they learn. Watch the first episode here Click here

Equality in Education – Seminar today

SNAP cymru with the Equality and Human Rights Commission will today hold a seminar on Equality in Education. The event which was postponed previously due to weather conditions will go ahead today.

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