James Betts -
Solicitor, Education and Community Care
T: 0345 357 9200
F: 0345 357 9399
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 was also recommended by Chambers and Partners 2018: James Betts regularly acts for vulnerable and disabled clients in bringing public law challenges against decisions by local authorities affecting educational and social care arrangements. A client notes: "James is very pragmatic and it has always been evident that he genuinely cares about achieving the best outcome for the client. I have always found him to be very accessible, easy to work with, and extremely professional at all times."
James is a season ticket holder at Manchester United and when not at Old Trafford enjoys cooking and eating out.