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Education: Individuals - UK-wide
“She is really knowledgeable and has years of experience working on SEN matters.” "She has a passion for wanting children and young people's SEN to be recognised and determining how best to meet those needs."
This content is provided by Laxmi Patel
Laxmi is head of Boyes Turner’s leading Education team and an established expert in special educational needs (SEN). She runs appeals to the SEND Tribunal and provides representation. She has particular expertise in complex cases across education, health and social care, many requiring tri-partite funding and residential placements, split placements and/or ‘education otherwise than at school – EOTAS’.
Before her legal career Laxmi worked in a large London school where she was an associate school Governor for over five years. During this time, Laxmi studied part-time and qualified with a First Class Honours degree in Law (LLB Hons). She then completed the LPC, again part-time. Whilst training, Laxmi volunteered as an education law advisor for the National Autistic Society.
Laxmi qualified in a leading SEND firm in London before joining Boyes Turner to start up their Education practice, becoming partner in 2017.
Laxmi has over 13 years’ experience giving SEND legal advice.
Law Society and a committee member & Treasurer of the Education Law Association.
Numerous publications on SEN matters over the years, including commentary for national press and BBC radio.
Laxmi enjoys travelling, reading, theatre and world cinema.