Support for special educational needs (SEN) under threat in mainstream schools

As teaching assistants lose their jobs due to cuts, pupils are at risk of being refused places in mainstream schools, says the Local Government Association (LGA). In light of this, parents seeking to obtain further support for their children within mainstream schools will be better placed if they were to obtain an Education, Health and Care plan (EHC plan) to ensure that their child receives the support he or she needs to achieve the best

Our first pupil barrister qualifies

Sinclairslaw are proud to announce the qualification of its first pupil barrister Vida Simpeh. Vida who began her career within the Education law department moved to the specialist criminal defence team. She has now been appointed by a leading criminal law set of chambers in Central London. Sinclairslaw chief Executive Mr Michael Charles said “We are proud of Vida’s achievements which is a testament to this firm’s excellent training. We wish her well in her

Sinclairslaw proudly announce the qualification of Mohammed Azmol Ali as a Conveyancing Solicitor

On May 3rd former Sinclairslaw trainee Mohammed Ali qualified as a conveyancing solicitor and joins the Cardiff Team. Joining the firm in September 2015, after previously working within a major financial institution within its dispute resolution team Mohammed commenced his training in Penarth under Sinclairslaw chief Executive Mr Michael Charles. In 2016 he transferred to the conveyancing department at the prestigious Headquarters in Cardiff. Mohammed said “It has been a pleasure working with such a

Top Criminal and Civil Advocate joins London Team

Sinclairslaw are delighted to announce the appointment of another senior solicitor into the criminal and civil advocacy department. Greg Evans deputy chief executive and supervisor in the criminal law team said that he offered a “warm welcome” to the “very impressive Antonia Okwu” a lawyer with nearly 18 years experience. Antonia completed her training at Powell Spencer and Partners, a leading legal aid practice in London, where she remained for 16 years. Her expertise extends

Special Needs Law Reform – Michael Charles reports that Wales has opportunity to “lead the way”

This week I have had cause to deal with an emotive and some may agree, tragic case of a single mother battling to secure support for two highly complex special needs children. One ot those children is violent and exceptionally demanding not to mention destructive, such that virtually no product within the home is left undamaged at great daily risk to the family. Yet the case also highlights a fundamental problem with the current law


Buying or selling a property can be stressful at the best of times, but when it is part of a chain where you are in the middle stress levels can be even higher. This can be due to the lack of knowledge one has of the conveyancing process where chain transactions are concerned, be it because they have never been through the process before or because the previous experience was so traumatic that they just

Leading Education and Public Law Barrister Joins the Team

Sinclairslaw is delighted to announce the appointment of a new leading member to its Education and Public Law Team. Robin Jacobs, a barrister specialising in Education Law over the past 10 years, joins the Twickenham office on 2nd May 2017. Robin began his career at Hardwicke Chambers, where he was a member of the Education Team. From 2013, he worked at Buckinghamshire County Council on a consultancy basis, advising the council and local schools/academies on

Sesame Street raising awareness of autism

According to the National Autism Society, around 700,000 people in the UK alone are on the autism spectrum, however when considering family members, this figure indicates that autism directly impacts the daily life of approximately 2.8 million people in our country. The writers of U.S. children’s TV show Sesame Street appear to be aware of the high number of diagnoses in the States and worldwide, as well as our lack of understanding of autism, and

Sinclairslaw: 10 months of achievement

Easter will mark my first 10 months working for Sinclairslaw and, with further success in the High Court reported today, I have had cause to reflect on my time at Sinclairslaw and believe that that it is important to recognise the successes of the Firm over the last year. These are achievements which, in my opinion, truly allow Sinclairslaw to call itself the Country’s leading education law firm. For a start, Sinclairslaw has today reported

Permission granted to bring judicial review proceedings to enforce provision within an Education, Health and Care Plan

Today the High Court has granted permission to a vulnerable child (represented by Michael Charles and Matthew Wyard of Sinclairslaw and Charlotte Hadfield, counsel) with special educational needs to bring judicial review proceedings against Hertfordshire County Council. The Court found it reasonably arguable that the Council failed in its duty to secure the special educational provision outlined within the child’s Education, Health and Care Plan and irrationally failed to utilise its powers under s64 of

Anti bullying seminar- more details announced. A message from our CEO

I am delighted to announce further details of the school anti bullying seminar to be held at Sinclairslaw Headquarters at 4 30pm on 18th May 2017. Too many children are suffering in silence with others unable to detect the signs of bullying, or unaware of what to do in these circumstances. The seminar will focus on legal rights, strategies for schools to adopt, signs to look out for in special needs cases, long term mental

Conveyancing Disbursements – What are you paying for?

When buying or selling a home, conveyancing disbursements are generally those expenses incurred which do not form part of the fees your legal representative is charging for acting for you. Generally, these costs are incurred where searches are obtained or consents are sought from third parties. It can sometimes be confusing to clients when a request is made for money at the beginning of the matter where it appears no substantive work has taken place.

Supreme Court ruling: Is this judicial approval of a tax on the poor?

The Supreme Court has ruled today that parents can face prosecution in the event that they remove their children from school during term time irrespective of whether their children may otherwise have excellent attendance. The judgment has left many accusing the Government of effectively taxing the poor. A social media storm has erupted since, with one mother saying ” It does not mean its right when its more likely that it will be the poorest

School Holiday Fines – Supreme Court Ruling

Supreme Court Hands down its long-awaited judgment in respect of school term-time holiday fines. In a landmark judgment handed down by The Supreme Court this morning, it has been ruled that parents cannot legally take children out of school during term-time without their head teacher’s permission. Parents who take children out of school during term time face fines and prosecution for doing so. Jon Platt had successfully argued in the Magistrates Court and High Court

Supreme Court rules in school holiday case

Today saw the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Platt v Isle of Wight Council, which saw the Court considering the definition of the words “fails to attend regularly” within s.444(1) of the Education Act 1996. The facts of the case were fairly simple. Mr Platt removed his daughter from school to take her on holiday in April 2015. Thereafter he was prosecuted and fined for doing so but refused to pay the fine. Mr Platt’s

Reduction in the burden of inheritance tax as of 6th April 2017

The reduction in the burden of inheritance tax (IHT) as of 6th April 2017 will help most families to pass on the family home. However, parents and grandparents may need to revise their wills to take advantage of the changes. The “nil rate band” An individual may give away an amount that is effectively exempt from IHT. This is known as the “nil rate band” and currently stands at £325,000 for single people and £650,000

Sinclairslaw succeed again in the High Court against the OIA and the University of Leicester Medical School

The High Court today quashed a decision of the Office of the independent Adjudicator ( The OIA ) which ruled that a former student of the University of Leicester could not bring a complaint following the students request for re entry into medical school. The High Court in an important judgment regarding the jurisdiction of the OIA decided that the OIA had incorrectly interpreted its own rules so as to prevent the student’s complaint from

Key inheritance case reaches Supreme Court

A key inheritance case reached the Supreme Court this month concerning three animal charities which have been fighting a case worth nearly £500,000 in legacies. The case started as a claim for reasonable financial provision under legislation known as the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act. The claim was brought against the estate of the late Mrs Jackson by her daughter, Mrs Ilott. The two had been estranged for much of the 26 years proceeding Mrs Jackson’s

Permission granted in High Court special needs case.

The High Court today granted permission to parents of a child with special needs who sought to challenge a local authority decision to send their child back to a school that was accused of sending the child home on a bus without clothing from the waist down. The name of the child cannot be released as the court granted an anonymity order. The child’s parents were horrified when they learned that their teenage child had

Presentation on School Bullying – The practical and legal consequences

In November last year a 13 year old boy tragically killed himself due to bullying. His mother wrote; “I know you’re pain-free now son and they can’t pick on you anymore, but this shouldn’t have had to happen” His school wrote; “Let me be very clear: no allegation of bullying against this young person was made to our school,” Yet it is common for victims not to complain. The Key is to learn how to

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