Special Educational Needs

Helping Children with Special Educational Needs

Parents of children with special educational needs (SEN) do not only deal with constant challenges in their everyday life, they also face increasing pressures in making sure that their child benefits fully from the education system.

The support a child needs depends entirely on their individual circumstances and the nature of their needs. Simpson Millar's Education Law team are amongst the country's leading experts in this area of law. We have years of experience in successfully working with families to make sure that every child receives the best education for their needs.

Special Educational Needs - Legal Help

Education Law - Legal Advice for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Cases

Why Do We Want to Help?

As a parent of a child with SEN, you're going to want only the very best education for your child so that they can live fulfilling and rewarding lives, with the best chances of an independent future.

But achieving this single handed can be incredibly difficult.

If you are faced with this task, it's likely that you're going to receive differing and even conflicting advice from your LEA and other organisations or support groups; figuring out which advice to follow can be tough. This is why seeking an independent, expert view is a wise move to clarify the issues for your child and to provide objective advice on how to achieve what is really needed.

We want to make sure that your child gets the support in education that they need to thrive, and we have the skills to make this possible.

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The Legal 500 2016

“Simpson Millar, formerly known as Maxwell Gillott Solicitors has a well-known SEN practice, which represents individuals in tribunal and judicial review proceedings.

Angela Jackman has a strong track record challenging exclusions and advising on school placements. Dan Rosenberg is also recommended.”

Chambers and Partners 2017

“Stellar education team representing private and legal aid clients in a range of complex issues. Particularly well known for its expertise in assisting young adults with learning difficulties, admissions and exclusions and judicial review cases”.

“Angela Jackman is an erudite education and community care lawyer with a focus on complex SEN matters. Sources say: ‘Her judgement really stands out and she has great depth of experience’”.

“Head of department Imogen Jolley has a strong track record handling admissions and exclusions appeals on behalf of parents. She is described by commentators as ‘very accessible, knowledgeable and easy to work with’”.

“Dan Rosenberg is praised for ‘his impressive knowledge, technical nous and personability’. He is particularly adept in complex judicial review proceedings involving the provision of education to children and young people”.

Education Solicitors - fixed fees available

Our expertise in all aspects of education law is enhanced by our practical experience of working extensively with the parents of children with wide-ranging and complex learning disabilities, including:


Our Education Law team are leading experts in supporting parents of children with autism. Autism is a lifelong disorder which affects how your child communicates and relates to others. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. Specialist help in education is often central to how children with autism develop, opening up future opportunities and independence that they may otherwise miss out on.

Asperger’s Syndrome

At Simpson Millar, we are familiar the difficulties that parents of children with Asperger’s Syndrome face when trying to make sure that their child has the right support at school.


If your child has an allergy that puts them at risk, the thought of sending them off to school can be quite a scary one for already worried parents. At Simpson Millar, we are more than prepared to help parents of children with allergies to ensure their needs are met at school to allow them to learn in a safe environment.

Cerebral Palsy

If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, then it is important that you are planning now for their future. This way you can make sure they are educated at a school which is able to support their changing needs.

Cystic Fibrosis

As parents of a child with cystic fibrosis, you will want to make sure that your child receives the best education they can. The first step to doing this is working with the school and the local authority to make sure your child’s needs are assessed and the support they need set out.

Down’s Syndrome

Down’s syndrome is the most common genetic cause of a learning disability and around 750 babies are born with the condition each year in the UK. At Simpson Millar, our Education Law Solicitors have extensive experience of working with children who have Down’s syndrome and helping them to get the best education and care for their needs.


Dyslexia is a lifelong learning difficulty in learning to read fluently and accurately, generally with associated difficulties in spelling. It is sometimes described as Specific Learning Disability (SpLD).


Dyspraxia affects a child’s coordination and balance, so they find any task that involves delicate movement or great balance difficult.

Muscular Dystrophy

Having a child with muscular dystrophy can be difficult and challenging, so it is important that you and your child have the right support. Your child will need a school that understands their needs and gives them the best education.

Hearing Impairment

As parents of a child with a hearing impairment, you will want to ensure that your child receives the best education possible. We recommend working with your child’s school and the local authority to make sure your child’s needs are picked out and supported.

SEN Legal Advice

With many years of experience supporting parents of children with SEN, we know first-hand the difference an appropriate education can make to a child’s life and future opportunities.

We have helped to secure the most suitable education or social care provision for children with wide-ranging disabilities and are familiar with many of the difficulties parents face just trying to do best by their child. It’s our job at to put any concerns you have to rest about the process and guide you through it.

Whether you have concerns that the SEN support isn’t good enough at your child’s school, you’re having difficulties gaining an EHCP for your child, or you need to appeal a decision - you’ll be supported from beginning to end.

Contact us now

For more on how we can help you and your children meet the challenges of SEN, phone us on freephone: 0808 129 3320 or complete our no-obligation online enquiry form.

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Imogen Jolley - Education Law Solicitor | Simpson Millar| Lancaster

Imogen Jolley
Partner, Head of Education & Community Care

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