SEN Legal has an established reputation in advising Independent Schools, Free Schools, Academies, professional regulatory bodies & parents.

We advise on underfunded EHC Plans, Notional Budgets and the £6,000 cap, misuse of the statutory duty to admit sometimes requiring building works and funding to the detriment of other pupils’ (successful resistance is possible). We also advise schools about maladministration and investigation following complaints to the Standards & Testing Agency (STA), about national curriculum assessments, accuracy or correctness, Admissions & Exclusions, OFSTED, Data Protection, Contract Terms, the Equality Act, Deputyship, DOLS and Restraint.

Having gained a full understanding of all the features of an education organisation that make it different from a work place in commerce or industry,  we quietly and discreetly act as legal advisers to independent, maintained and non-maintained schools.

We’re also great at cutting out excess LA paperwork. We start from the proposition that teachers are best doing what they are trained to do. We can sort out the legal minimum and give you more time to do just that.

Legal Services for all types of education provider
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Ofsted inspections (including complaints, Judicial Review and Injunctions where appropriate)

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Top up funding/delegated budgets and the Local Authorities’

financial obligations

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Non-Payment of fees by Local Authorities

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Refusal to pay fee increases or requests for fee reductions

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Contractual Default Notices

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Admission and Exclusion policies

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Difficulties with regulatory bodies

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NHS Continuing Healthcare

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Underfunded EHC Plans

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Misuse of statutory duty to admit

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The National Contract versus

your own

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Demands for cost breakdowns

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Complaints to the Education Funding Agency

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Disability Discrimination & reasonable adjustments

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Safeguarding and DBS checks

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Discreet advice and action in relation to sensitive employment and disciplinary issues

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DOLS Orders, capacity issues

and best interest decisions

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School registration disputes

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Data protection compliance

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Complaints to the Standards & Testing Agency (STAs)