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

UPPER TRIBUNAL LAUNCHES “SCATHING” ATTACK ON THE PRESIDENT OF THE WELSH SPECIAL NEEDS TRIBUNAL

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.

Breaking news : Two leaders merge to create National Powerhouse in the world of Education Law.

Two leading firms in the world of Education Law have announced a merger to create a leading solicitors’ practice to support the needs of disabled children, young people and adults throughout England and Wales. John Ford Solicitors, based in London, and Sinclairslaw, a law firm with offices in Wales and West London will on 1st July 2018 join together to create the largest team of expert education and public lawyers in the country. John Ford

10 common local authority quotes in SEN that require correcting

10 Common but disappointing local authority quotes that fuel scepticism and anger. (By Michael Charles Solicitor) A. “We do not have to consider your private independent reports.” Answer. Yes they do. Independent is surely the relevant word. Independence means just that. Not self serving or constrained from making recommendations due to budget. B. “Your child is too bright to have a statement/EHCP. Answer. Wrong again. A child is entitled to support if they have a

Sinclairslaw Welsh offices disrupted due to weather

The Welsh offices of Sinclairslaw will be disrupted today due to adverse weather conditions. Most staff are unlikely to be able to attend. Clients calling our office are asked to please note that telephone lines are likely to be impacted. The firm anticipates services from its London office today. Clients who may have appointed lawyers in our Welsh offices are asked to please contact us again on Monday or alternatively if urgent please contact a

EQUALITY SEMINAR POSTPONED DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS

The Equality and Human Rights Commission seminar scheduled for Friday 2nd March at 1.30pm has been postponed due to adverse weather conditions. The event has been set instead for Monday 19th March at 1.30pm (reception) to begin at 2pm until 5pm. Individuals already booked on the 2nd March event with have their places reserved for this forthcoming event. Those who cannot make it are respectfully asked to notify Snap cymru of their intention to cancel.

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