- 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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James Betts has been representing us over a statement and change of education placement for our son. We have found complete satisfaction in the care and compassion James showed us at all times when we felt so overwhelmed and let down by school and County. The service was excellent from the very beginning James showed true professionalism with every care taken to support the child with full commitment to achieving all the necessary requirements needed to secure the best possible outcome in meeting our son’s very complex needs. James always replied quickly to us either by email or telephone and always made sure we fully understood the information we received. James polite caring manner restored our faith that James has passion in delivering the very best results for his client. We would not hesitate to recommend James Betts to any person needing representation or advice (in fact we already have).

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 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.

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