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Irwin Mitchell

Education: Individuals

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What the team is known for

Well-reputed claimant-side education practice handling a large volume of SEN matters, including arrangements for educational provision, in the independent schools sector. Regularly acts for clients before the First-tier and Upper Tribunals and in sophisticated public law challenges. Noted for its expertise in issues concerning Education, Health and Care plans. Also adept at advising on issues of disability discrimination.

Strengths

A source comments: "It is an excellent firm with knowledgeable legal professionals who get to the crux of the matter without losing sight of the human aspects of the client's needs."

One client characterises the team as "very organised and efficient."

Another remarks that the lawyers at Irwin Mitchell are "organised, informed and quick to resolve any issues."

Work highlights

Acted for the parents of a young adult in successfully reversing the decision of a local authority to cease provision of an Education, Health and Care plan before a SEND Tribunal.

Notable practitioners

Angela Jackman specialises in SEN and community care cases. She is noted in particular for her proficiency in school admission tribunals.
"She is extremely well respected."

Erin Smart is a Gatwick-based solicitor who leads Irwin Mitchell's public law human rights team. She is noted for her work assisting clients on a variety of education matters including school placements and the implementation of Education, Health and Care plans.
"Erin is approachable, extremely capable and sees the bigger picture while being on top of the necessary minutiae." "She is extremely competent and very reliable."

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Overview

Irwin Mitchell is a leading national firm that acts for children, young people and parents across England and Wales and specialises both in SEND / discrimination and judicial reviews. Its education law team continues to act in the most complex and cutting edge cases including challenges against SEN funding cuts, school transport policies, school closures and DFE policy around issues such as restraint and school attendance.

The team also works closely with national charities and are regularly invited to speak at national conferences.


Education: Individuals

Irwin Mitchell

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Location

40 Holborn Viaduct

London

Greater London

UK

EC1N 2PZ

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Education: Individuals


Angela Jackman
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Erin Smart
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