Simpson Millar LLP

Education: Individuals Department

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What the team is known for 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. Possesses noteworthy ability in judicial review cases and SEND Tribunal proceedings. Renowned for its work at the intersection of the education and community care systems. Works with pro bono organisations to support parents through the school exclusion process.

Strengths"They go above and beyond for their clients and are very passionate," one client remarks, adding: "It's their humanity that really makes them stand out."

Sources reveal that the firm is "one of the first places you would want to send a parent who has a child with educational issues."

Work highlights Represented a boy with mental health difficulties who had been subjected to repeated isolation at an academy trust in judicial review proceedings which successfully secured a review of the school's conduct policies.

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 incredibly knowledgeable and experienced - she is straight-talking and stops clients going down avenues that aren't that helpful." "She knows how local authorities and schools operate."

Dan Rosenberg
is involved in many of the most challenging and significant cases within education. He regularly represents children and parents in judicial review cases concerning disability discrimination, exclusions and SEN funding.
"He's brilliant at identifying strategic education law points, knows what the issues are on the ground and is also great with very vulnerable clients.""He is a very good judicial review lawyer and he understands the relationship between community care and education."

Imogen Jolley
focuses her education practice on the representation of children and their families in SEND Tribunal proceedings. She is particularly adept at handling appeals against Education, Health and Care plans and is noted for her work on admissions and exclusion cases.

Samantha Hale
is highly regarded for her work on SEN matters. She regularly represents clients in tribunals and court proceedings to secure educational placements and provision.
"She is a reliable and knowledgeable lawyer who quickly takes something on board and gets to grips with it."