Education Law: Example Fees

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ADMISSIONS

If you need help appealing your child's school place.

Service Provided Cost

Admission Appeals Telephone Advice
We provide you with advice and assistance over the phone to help you better understand the appeals process and your options.


What’s included:

  • A download pack on the website containing comprehensive information on admissions appeals
  • 1 hour of telephone advice and assistance; this includes the review of up to 15 pages of paperwork and a follow up call to provide advice on tactics and the appeal process
  • VAT

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£120

Paperwork Preparation for the Appeal
Full preparation of the required paperwork for the appeal in relation to 1 child's school place.


What’s included:

  • Full preparation of the paperwork for the appeal in relation to 1 child's school place
  • Liaising with the admission authority regarding their evidence
  • Advice on any additional supporting evidence to be submitted and the presentation of written arguments to support the appeal process
  • VAT

What's not included:

  • Representation at the hearing

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£540

Advocacy at The Appeal Hearing
Professional representation at the admission appeal hearing (you must have also purchased the Paperwork Preparation service).


What’s included:

  • Professional representation at the admission appeal hearing if we have provided advice in connection to the preparation of the paperwork (the £540 package)
  • VAT

What's not included:

  • Travel disbursements and travel time for our lawyers
  • Travel time is charged at £24 per hour

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£300

Preparation for Appeals for those who have already accessed the £120 telephone advice service and/or for Additional Schools

What’s included:

  • Preparation of paperwork for the appeal, or for an additional school appeal; including all advice on supporting evidence and the presentation of written arguments by one of our experienced lawyers
  • VAT

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£420

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CHILDREN OUT OF SCHOOL

If your child is excluded or out of school.

Service Provided Cost

Initial Advice (to analyse the circumstances under which your child is out of school)
Advice on the appropriate course of action to ensure your child receives the education they are entitled to.


What’s included:

  • Telephone consultation (up to 1 hour)
  • Review of available documentation
  • Advice on your options going forward (in writing)
  • VAT

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£350

Putting Your Case
Full documentation review, advice on the best course of action in your situation and assessing the need for legal aid.


What’s included:

  • Telephone consultation (up to 1 hour – if not already provided)
  • Review of available documentation
  • Advice on your options going forward (in writing)
  • Initial letter before action or initially putting the case to the other side
  • Advising on the response if the initial approach does not resolve the matter straight away
  • Advising whether a legal aid application in your child’s name is appropriate
  • VAT

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£650 (or discounted to £350 if you recieved initial advice)

Application for Legal Aid
If we do not receive a satisfactory response from the responsible body, then we will advise on the merits of progressing a matter further.

This will often involve an application in the child/young person’s name for legal aid. This is a time consuming process as the LAA scrutinise all applications carefully to protect public funds.


What's included:

  • The preparation and submission of a legal aid application in your child's name if we advise that there is sufficient merit to justify an application for legal aid should a satisfactory response not have been received once we have put your case
  • Handling any resulting queries that the Legal Aid Agency may have until the application is determined
  • VAT

What's not included:

  • Services in relation to Special Educational Needs (SEN) appeals
  • Further negotiation or correspondence with the other side following the initial letter before action

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£250

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SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS & DISABILITY SERVICES FOR CHILDREN

For issues involving SEN Statements or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

SEN Service Provided Cost

Statement or EHCP Health Check
Brief check of your child’s current SEN Statement or Education, Health and Care Plan.


What’s included:

  • An assessment of a single document (either a statement or an EHCP) and a basic analysis of its enforceability with recommendations regarding improvements that could potentially be made to the document
  • VAT

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£180

Detailed Assessment of Statement or EHCP
A more comprehensive assessment of your child’s Statement or EHCP situation.


What’s included:

  • Assessment of a statement or an EHCP and an analysis of its enforceability
  • A review of the appendices to the document and other relevant additional papers
  • Expert detailed written advice on the merit of any challenge or action that you may be able to take
  • An assessment of the fees for such an action
  • VAT

What's not included:

  • Full preparation of any potential case, advocacy during the appeal and liaison with the local authority is not included

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£420

SEN Appeal Form Preparation
We handle the preparation of the appeal forms for the SEND Tribunal for you, saving you stress and preventing mistakes being made.


What’s included:

  • Full preparation of appeal forms for you to lodge with the SEND Tribunal
  • We will review all papers that you currently have, prepare the appeal reasons from this information and complete the SEND form
  • We provide a basic advice letter regarding the tribunal process and advice regarding the additional evidence that we suggest you obtain leading up to the hearing
  • VAT

What's not included:

  • Full preparation of your case for the appeal, advice on any additional evidence to be obtained to support your case (including liaison with your chosen experts)
  • Liaison with tribunal and compliance with tribunal directions (we will not be listed with the Tribunal as acting for you)
  • Assessment of the local authority response and continued negotiation and liaison with the local authority throughout the process
  • Full advocacy and representation at the final hearing and initial advice on the decision reached

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£600

SEN Working Document Preparation
We help you put together the necessary working document in accordance with SEND guidelines, saving you stress and preventing mistakes being made.


What’s included:

  • Assisting you to put together a working document in accordance with SEND guidelines
  • We will include a review of all paperwork that has been submitted to the tribunal by both you and Local Authority (LA) and all additional evidence you propose to submit
  • Full preparation of the first draft working document
  • We will provide detailed written advice on the response of the LA to the first draft
  • VAT

What's not included:

  • The costs of independent expert reports, such as educational psychologists, speech and language therapists, and occupational therapist reports
  • Direct negotiation with the LA
  • Representation during the hearing
  • We will not be on record with the Tribunal as acting for you

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£840

SEN Advocacy Services
Representation by an Expert Solicitor/Legal Executive.


What’s included:

  • 30 minute consultation
  • E-mail or telephone conversations to discuss matters which arise during the process
  • A meeting to discuss and advise on your appeal, if required
  • Advice about any important points which may have been overlooked
  • Advice and preparation of your submissions for the appeal hearing
  • Comprehensive guidance on the appeal hearing itself so that you are fully prepared
  • Legal representation during the tribunal appeal hearing
  • VAT

What's not included:

  • Advice on any additional evidence to be obtained to support your case (including liaison with your chosen experts)
  • Liaison with tribunal and compliance with tribunal directions
  • Preparation of appeal documentation
  • Travel disbursements and travel time for our lawyers
  • Travel time is charged at £24 per hour
  • Mediation meetings, other meetings with the local authority, or work after the decision has been reached
  • The costs of independent expert reports, such as educational psychologists, speech and language therapists, and occupational therapist reports

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£960 - £1440

SEN Appeals Support Service
Our SEN Appeals Support Service is right for you if you're taking on the appeal independently, but you want the added guidance and reassurance that you're on the right track from an experienced lawyer.


What’s included:

  • A support service for if you are pursuing your own tribunal appeal
  • Up to 5 hours of time to be spent in review and consideration, and providing advice
  • Advice by telephone, letter, and review of paperwork assuming it can be conducted within the 5 hour timescale
  • VAT

What's not included:

  • Additional time can be purchased should this be required at the current hourly rate of your advisor
  • Full preparation of your case for the appeal
  • Liaison with tribunal and compliance with tribunal directions. We will not be on record with the tribunal as acting for you
  • Negotiation and liaison with the local authority throughout the process
  • Full advocacy and representation at the final hearing and initial advice on the decision reached
  • If you require a meeting, travel time and disbursements are not included in the fixed fee - Travel time for our lawyers is charged at £24 per hour
  • The costs of independent expert reports, such as educational psychologists, speech and language therapist and occupational therapist reports

Please note that this service is offered under an agreed fee scheme and if you do not utilise the whole of the 5 hours of allocated time then no refund will be due. You will still be eligible for the 15% reduction on associated cases

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£600

Annual Subscription Service
With our annual subscription, you can have the peace of mind that we'll be here to help and advise you with any problems you encounter throughout the year.


What’s included:

  • Up to 3 hours of advice over an annual period in order to discuss with a designated member of our team any issues that may arise such as the annual review, transition advice and provision advice
  • Advice by telephone, letter, and review of paperwork assuming it can be conducted within the 3 hour timescale
  • If you're a member of a current annual subscription then you will automatically receive a 15% reduction on further instructions on SEN related cases, including our SEN appeal packages
  • VAT

What's not included:

  • Additional time - this can be purchased should this be required at the current hourly rate of your advisor
  • Correspondence with schools, local authorities or other third parties

Please note that this service is offered under an agreed fee scheme and if you do not utilise the whole of the 3 hours of allocated time then no refund will be due. You will still be eligible for the 15% reduction on associated cases.

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£360
Full SEN Appeal Package - From £4200

Full Special Educational Needs & Disability Appeal Package
Your SEN Appeal, Managed by Expert Lawyers.

The Full SEN Appeal Package includes all of the products outlined above, but also provides a more comprehensive and dynamic service. You’ll have the sound knowledge of knowing that we will provide you with full support at every step of the appeal process and you can be sure you've done everything you can to secure the brightest future prospects for your child.


What’s included:

  • Full preparation of your case for the appeal, advice on any additional evidence to be obtained to support your case (including liaison with your chosen experts)
  • Liaison with tribunal and compliance with tribunal directions
  • Assessment of the local authority response and continued negotiation and liaison with the local authority throughout the process
  • Preparation of all appeal documents.
  • Full advocacy and representation at the final hearing and initial advice on the decision reached
  • Work is usually carried out remotely, but we are happy to arrange one meeting during the course of the appeal
  • VAT

What's not included:

  • If you require a meeting, travel disbursements are not included in the fixed fee. Travel time for our lawyers is charged at £24 per hour
  • Mediation meetings, other meetings with the local authority, or work after the decision has been reached
  • If, after an initial hearing the case is adjourned and a further hearing is required, there will be an additional fee
  • The costs of independent expert reports, such as educational psychologists, speech and language therapist, and occupational therapist reports
  • Travel time and disbursements in connection with the hearing such as train fare, mileage or accommodation

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Client Reviews

I just wanted to express my sincere appreciation for all of the hard work and support you have given to me throughout this appeal. Both myself and Gabrielle are delighted with the result.

I was thoroughly impressed with the professionalism of the job done, the care taken at every stage to not only write, but also follow up with a call to check I'd understood everything. I would definitely recommend.

We had an excellent, sympathetic service and support which showed clear understanding of our situation.

Bespoke Service & Hourly Rates

If you need more assistance than your preferred funding solution provides and are not eligible for Legal Aid we offer an hourly rate service.

  • We will provide you with a costs estimate at the outset and update you regularly on your costs so you can stay in control
  • We will advise you if you are eligible to claim a contribution to your costs from the other party
  • We will expect to invoice you monthly and for you to discharge your invoices promptly
  • A payment on account may be required
  • All disbursements including court fees must be paid up front as you go along

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