- 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 2017 edition for assisting children with special educational needs.


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

James Betts Legal 500


Brilliant advocates for young people with learning disability

Our son who has physical and learning disabilities wished to attend a specialist college out of county. His local county council refused funding for this. We believed our son had a right to appropriate tertiary education, and asked Simpson Millar to help. James Betts was put on the case. Our son was subsequently given the first two years’ of funding for his three-year course. We later asked James to intervene again as the third year of funding was refused by the local council. James was successful again, enabling our son to complete his course.

We think James is simply brilliant. He absolutely knows the law in this specialist area. We have found him intelligent, approachable and highly skilled. James was very informed and engaged and knew the right steps to take at every stage.

Simpson Millar takes a proactive interest in protecting the human rights of people with learning disabilities, whose voices are not always heard as well as they might be. Our solicitor was able to achieve the outcome quickly and efficiently – which also meant the cost was reasonable.

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.

You have been pivotal in us getting the EHC plan for Lewis and securing his future education and we would sincerely like to thank you James. Thank you seems extremely inadequate to say.

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