Beth Holbrook

Public Law Solicitor

Beth re-joined Simpson Millar in 2019 after an extended career break raising her young children. She started working in Education Law over 20 years ago and has worked for both specialist law firms and the Disability Rights Commission (DRC).

Whilst at the DRC she was the Principal Education Lawyer running groundbreaking disability discrimination cases. She also drafted the Education Statutory Codes of Practice and she later led the team drafting the Education Equality Act Codes and Guidance for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

Beth acts on behalf of clients in relation to Special Education Needs, discrimination, further and higher education matters, judicial review and appeals to the Upper Tribunal. She regularly represents clients in the Special Education Needs and Disability Tribunal. She advises on a range of Special Educational Needs matters and works with clients to achieve the best possible outcomes through negotiation, mediation and legal action.

Beth has a particular interest in discrimination law. Given Beth’s significant expertise and knowledge in discrimination law, she takes a role in providing both technical and tactical advice to others running cases where these issues arise both within the firm but also externally where needed.

Beth works with a number of charities providing support for those with disabilities and special needs. She has provided training for many charities and public bodies including the Council on Tribunals and has been invited to speak at national conferences and training events such as the Discrimination Law Annual Conference. She has contributed to a range of publications including discrimination law.

Interests outside of work

When she is not taxiing her children around, Beth spends her time running the local cub scout pack, walking, swimming, reading and knitting (badly). She has been a governor at several primary and secondary schools where she has used her skills and knowledge in discrimination law to assist schools.

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