- Solicitor, Education and Community Care

James Betts | Solicitor, Education and Community Care
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Based in: Manchester


Education Law and Community Care


James is recommended in Legal 500 as a leading education law solicitor in the North West region.

He has extensive experience in special educational needs which was triggered when working at a primary school supporting children with SEN. James has considerable Tribunal experience and has helped parents obtain increased support for their child at school and high value independent special school and post 16 college placements. James also has a strong interest in community care law, which is particularly helpful when seeking residential placements.

James undertakes work in all areas of Community Care law and works with charities such as SCOPE, the Howard League for Penal Reform and the Children’s Society. This includes challenging local authority cuts to social care provision (for both children and adults), and assisting clients in obtaining services such as respite care, direct payments and adaptations to the home.

He also represents young people (including children leaving care or custody) and has assisted clients, who would otherwise be homeless, in securing suitable accommodation and financial support from the local authority. In 2014 James appeared on Channel Four News discussing the duties owed to young people leaving care by local authorities.

James Betts is recommended in the Legal 500 United Kingdom 2016 edition for cases where there is an overlap between community care and special educational needs.


James is a season ticket holder at Manchester United and when not at Old Trafford enjoys cooking and eating out.

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I was going through the worst nightmare, after nearly a year's battle James has helped us in our son's case to get him back into school and accommodating most of his needs. We are so grateful and happy with James service. He has been very helpful, professional, supportive and very efficient and prompt in ringing back. A very big thank you and thumbs up for all help we got. My son is very happy and content going back to school!! Finally, there was light at the end of the tunnel.

My wife and I used this firm for a Social Care dispute. James Betts was our solicitor and the service we received was excellent. He was very helpful, polite and efficient all the way through the process. I felt completely confident that he was in control and knew what he was doing. I was very happy with the outcome and would not hesitate in recommending James Betts, or the firm.

The biggest and most important thing about James, that is very rare and difficult to find is he did everything because he wanted us to win and he wanted to help us not just for the money, but because he cared and he understood why I was fighting for my child. In this day and age it is extremely rare to find someone like James. I cried when he called and told me we had won as the tribunal took almost 9 months. I highly recommend James he goes way beyond his job description as does the firm and their policies.

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