Legal aid may be granted to challenge the decision of a school or education provider, the local authority or a review/appeal board before a court. Judicial review is a means of challenging a public sector body`s decision when it is unlawful, unreasonable, abusive or procedurally problematic. We should all be able to provide the education and support our children need. However, families in England and Wales find it difficult to access legal aid providers. This means that they cannot challenge discrimination in schools or decisions of local authorities regarding their children`s educational provision. Duncan Lewis Solicitors offers both fixed fees and hourly rates for all education matters. A lawyer will also advise you on fees and the appropriate method of payment once a case has been evaluated. We pride ourselves on providing practical advice based on our many years of expertise and experience in all areas of education law. In addition, we extend our expertise to work with other lawyers and alongside case managers during or after a trial. Education law cases can be quite complicated and require several stages of complaints, appeals and referrals to different organizations. Our education lawyers will guide you through this process with friendly and professional support and help you resolve your dispute as quickly as possible.
«Since my daughter was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), I have been constantly fighting with local authorities to get the appropriate support for her. When my daughter left school for almost six months and had no chance of bringing her back to school, I contacted the Coram Children`s Legal Centre for help. The legal team immediately jumped on my case, and a month later she was back in school. The case was so well prepared that the local authority`s lawyer had no arguments and my case was won in court. I am very grateful for their hard work and dedication. Our experienced education lawyers can advise and represent you every step of the way in order to resolve your dispute as quickly as possible. Education law is complicated and constantly evolving, but we will guide you through the process to ensure you have the best possible chance of success. A child or young person has special educational needs if he or she has more learning difficulties than most children of the same age or if he or she has a disability that prevents or prevents him or her from using normal educational institutions. Schools and local education authorities have formal complaint and appeal procedures with which we can help you. Legal representation by one of our knowledgeable and experienced education lawyers at this early stage can greatly improve your chances of success. Our team of education lawyers has experience representing principals and trustees, as well as working with multi-academy trusts.
This gives our lawyers unique insight into the education sector and policy development. We have one of the best judicial review teams in the country and have experience in successfully appealing a variety of educational cases. Judicial review is a lengthy and complicated process with strict timelines for claims, but our education law experts will guide you through the process from start to finish. The amount of funds available for these cases is `legal aid` and, therefore, a law firm cannot represent you before the Court of Justice. However, lawyers can help you prepare and complete your appeal and also seek the advice of independent experts. Legal aid may also be granted to challenge a decision of the First-tier Tribunal before the Upper Tribunal. This fact sheet provides information on how to obtain publicly funded legal aid for educational issues such as discrimination, special educational needs or judicial review. It explains what legal aid is, when it is available and what kind of aid it covers. Ask for free help with civil (non-criminal) legal matters. People aged 60 and over should call the Senior Helpline. Read our fact sheet for more information on legal aid (PDF download). To be eligible, your financial situation must be assessed and within the limits set by the Legal Aid Agency.
All school law cases will be means-tested. You must provide information about your and your partner`s income, all benefits (family allowances, guarantee credit, income support, income-related jobseeker`s allowance, employment and income support allowance and universal credit), all savings, all real estate and all shares/investments you own. Our experience in education law means we are mentioned in leading independent legal practitioners, Legal 500 and Chambers UK, for our litigation work. We are also members of the Education Law Association, so you can be sure that you have real experts fighting in your corner. We can often negotiate settlements without the need for court proceedings. If you believe that the threat of legal action is affecting your access to treatment or services, you can discuss this with us and we can advise you on how to proceed. Legal aid is the use of public funds to fund legal advice and legal representation. The Legal Aid Agency is responsible for providing legal aid in England and Wales. The Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 regulates the areas in which legal aid is granted from 1.
April 2013. Going to court is always the last resort and we strive to resolve education disputes as quickly and without the need to go to court whenever possible. Legal aid is the use of public funds to fund legal advice and legal representation. The Legal Aid Agency is responsible for providing legal aid in England and Wales. If you can`t afford a lawyer like us, you may be eligible for a legal aid lawyer in certain circumstances. Click on your municipality to find out how many education legal aid providers there are: About Us The Right to Education Project (REP) is a statewide North Carolina legal aid project focused on bringing children into the public education system. EPR cases include: short-term suspension; long-term suspension; Expulsion;. Once we are in dialogue with the school or LEA, we have the negotiation and mediation skills to help you achieve the desired outcome for your child. As much as possible, we try to reach an agreement without taking legal action. Unlike other education law firms, we have a legal aid agreement, which allows us to take the matter to court if the initial correspondence does not work.
You should contact civil law advisors for legal help with education. If it is assumed that you are entitled to legal aid, you will be assigned to a specialist educational adviser. To find out if you are eligible for legal aid, you can contact the Civil Law Advice Centre, which will conduct an initial assessment. Visit their website or call them on 0345 345 4345 to find out more. Its line is open Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 20:00 and Saturday from 9:00 to 12:30. If you are eligible for legal aid, but do not have education lawyers who offer legal aid in your area, the Civil Legal Advice Service can refer you to us for remote advice and support. On judicial review before the High Court, we argued that the Council`s local offer was unlawful because its provisions no longer met basic legal requirements. The court agreed and the council was forced to reformulate its local offer. You may be eligible for legal aid if you think your child has been discriminated against by their school, college or education provider.
This can be based on their disability, race, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, gender change or pregnancy. Legal Assistance – This is the first level of state-funded assistance and allows a law firm to advise and assist you in your case. It does not fund the costs of legal representation. To determine if you qualify for legal advice for financial reasons, there is an online calculator.