- 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 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.

James Betts Legal 500


I was thoroughly impressed with the professionalism of the job done, the care taken at every stage to write but also follow up with a call to check I'd understood everything. I would definitely recommend you in future James, and your firm if other partners are as thorough.

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.

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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