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At Paris Smith LLP, we advise parents, schools and Academies on education law. We have particular expertise in the following areas:

Special Educational Needs (SEN)

We advise parents seeking to obtain a SEN statement for their child. We can help with the form and content of the so called “Local Offer” and who can request an EHC Needs Assessment. There are several key deadlines and time limits which we can also draw your attention to. For example, the decision to secure or make an EHC Plan or not to must usually be made within 16 weeks from the date of assessment request.

We also advise schools and Academies as to their legal obligations under various statutes and legislation.

In short, we can help you:


We advise parents applying to get their children into their school of choice. We provide advice surrounding the overall admissions process, including the criteria a school must consider when admitting students. We can take parents through the stages to this decision making process. If parents want to challenge this process, then we can also advise parents how to appeal and on what grounds.

In short, we can help you:


We have experience in advising schools and Academies when considering excluding a student. We also advise parents who are seeking advice when their child is at risk of or has been excluded for a fixed or period duration.

In short, we can help you:

Please refer to our Education web page for further information on the comprehensive education law service we provide. If you have any questions or would like to come in for a face to face meeting, please do contact myself or one of the team.