- Partner, Education and Community Care

Sarah Woosey | Partner, Education and Community Care | Simpson Millar LLP
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Based in: Leeds


Education Law, Community Care


Sarah is a Partner specialising in Education and Community Care law based in our Leeds office. Although she is based in Leeds, she carries out work across England and Wales.

Sarah has extensive expertise on a range of education and social care issues with a particular focus on securing the provision of suitable education and/or services for children with a wide range of special educational needs and/or disabilities. She has secured such provision through a mixture of negotiation, mediation, Tribunal appeals and Judicial Review proceedings.

Sarah has represented families in a significant number of successful Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal appeals in England (SEND) and Wales (SENTW) and in discrimination claims. She has challenged decisions at the Upper Tier Tribunal and secured a number of high value independent school placements for children with special educational needs, including residential provision. Sarah regularly advises on a range of special educational needs matters such as:

  • Applying for SEN assessments
  • Advising on the contents of EHC plans
  • Securing suitable provision and school placements

Sarah has a particular interest in securing funding for young people aged 16 -25 to assist in ensuring an appropriate transition to adulthood.

She has experience in dealing with Admission and Exclusion Appeals and has dealt with judicial review actions in relation to both of these. She also conducts her own advocacy at tribunal hearings and Independent Appeal Panel hearings.

Sarah also carries out work in the Court of Protection in best interests and deprivation of liberty cases. She is experienced in representing individuals who lack capacity in proceedings concerning their health and welfare, receiving instructions from the Official Solicitor or from IMCAs (Independent Mental Capacity Advocates).

Sarah works with a number of charities across the country providing support for those with disabilities and special needs. She was a trustee of North East Special Needs Network which merged with Skills for People in 2017. She remains on the Board of Skills for People. She has previously contributed to a range of specialist publications including the Education Law Journal and has been recognised by the Legal 500 for her work in SEN cases.

Sarah also provides support to litigation solicitors where difficulties concerning education and community care arise on their cases. She is instructed by a number of professional deputies in relation to securing statutory funding for their clients.

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