SEN provision & tribunal appeals

SEN provision & tribunal appeals

Shoosmiths is one of the few firms with in-house specialists in Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) law. Our expert lawyers can help secure the right SEN provision and assist with appeals against Local Authority decisions if necessary.


The current Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) regime specifying SEN support replaced the previous system of Statements of Special Educational Needs. The EHCP is a powerful tool, but to be truly effective it is important that the wording is as precise as possible. Our team can help you in obtaining an assessment of your child’s educational, health and care (EHC) needs, create an EHCP or change what’s in the EHCP, ensuring it is correct, accurate and fit for purpose.


If you disagree with your local authority’s decisions, you can appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability). This can be challenging and should not be attempted without professional support. Given the weight of official opinion and legal advice that will be ranged against you, it is imperative that you match that knowledge and support to ensure your appeal stands the best chance of success.


Nothing is more important to any parent than ensuring their children get the best possible start in life and are equipped for a rich and fulfilled adulthood. Whether your child's special educational needs result from a congenital condition or an injury suffered at or following birth, our highly regarded SEN law experts can help your youngster to fulfil their true potential.

Watch how our team fought to get Oscar Gerring an EHCP and the education he deserved despite the Local Authority insisting that his identified special educational needs did not require specialist support.