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


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.

Sinclairslaw host Court of Protection seminar

Sinclairslaw, in collaboration with Outer Temple Chambers, hosted a training seminar discussing mental capacity and associated issues. Two of the firm’s Court of Protection practitioners, Kevin McManamon and Sarah Newport, along with Claire van Overdijk, Mark Mullins and Alex Line of Outer Temple Chambers delivered training to advocates, RPRs, IMCAs and other professionals working with vulnerable people to consider pressing issues and recent case law in the area. Thank you to all of those who

Equality and Human Rights Commission event set for the 2nd March 2018 in Cardiff

The Equality and Human Rights Commission have announced an event on “Discrimination in Education and making a difference”. The seminar has been set for 2nd March 2018 in Central Cardiff. All public bodies working in education are bound by the provisions of the Equality Act 2010 but many fail to understand the full ramifications of the legislation thereby leaving them vulnerable to legal challenges. The event which is aimed at Local Authorities, Universities and FE

Court of Protection Seminar: 29th January 2018

The next seminar is on 29th January 2018 at Sinclairslaw, Cardiff provided by the firm’s Court of Protection team. This seminar is free and is designed for those working in the sector including advocates, RPRS and IMCAs. If you work in the sector or are a family member concerned about a relative who lacks capacity this may be a valuable session for you. Book your place by emailing s.newport@sinclairslaw.co.uk or calling 02920 388 398. The

Sinclairslaw apprenticeship scheme – successful first stage applicants to be invited to assessment day.

The firm has received a substantial number of applications to progress through the trailblazer Solicitor apprenticeship scheme. The process of selection is now well underway and successful candidates will shortly receive notification that they will be invited to an open day. This will represent the second of the four stages of the selection process. The scheme is an excellent opportunity to bypass the traditional significantly more expensive route toward entering the legal profession. This is

Small Claims Litigation and Unreasonable Conduct

Quite often I am asked what constitutes a ‘Small Claim’ and what is the difference between a small claim and any other claim. Here I seek to dispel a few issues and queries on what is referred to as a small claim by the judiciary. The Civil Procedure Rules which govern how litigation is conducted in England and Wales, defines a ‘small claim’ as a claim which is less than £10,000 in its value. The

Final seminar before new Law is launched in Wales on special needs

Massive change is coming to Wales. The introduction of new laws in regard to special educational needs is complex and to many controversial. Sinclairslaw are staging a free event for parents, teachers, schools and colleges throughout the country. It is going to be one of the final chances to learn in detail what is being planned for our children and young people in Wales. Hear what you need to know. Learn about assessments, and the

Sinclairslaw Sponsor the Wales Autism Show

The team are proud to support the Welsh Autism Show at the Cardiff City stadium. A wonderful opportunity to connect with with individuals and companies who are supporting children and young people with ASD every day. A worthy cause and a wonderful resource for children, young people and their families.

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