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Watkins Solicitors open new office in Bath

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Watkins Solicitors are delighted to announce the opening of our new office in Bath.
The firm has a contract to carry out Legal Aid work from this office, which is situated in the centre of Bath... 

BBC coverage of special educational needs

Liz Smith
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The BBC has recently been featuring a number of articles relating to children with special educational needs.  It has focused on TV presenters David and Carrie Grant, who have four children, each with a separate set of special educational needs. ...

THE 31st MARCH 2018 - WHAT DO PARENTS NEED TO KNOW?

Lydia Dunford
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The 31st March 2018 represents the final date by which all Local Authorities in England need to have transferred all Statements of Special Educational Needs into Education, Health and Care Plans (EHC Plans).  This deadline is as a result of a change in...

Employment Autumn update

Tamsin James
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Employment Tribunal fees – refund scheme open to all If you paid Tribunal fees between 2013 and 2017, you can now reclaim these.   There is an “online form” to fill in (...

New measures to tackle parental alienation

Sophie Warner
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From Spring 2018 a new approach will be adopted by CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) to tackle the issue of one parent turning a child against the other following separation. This problem is known as parental alienation and is...

Government issues warning over Trimega Laboratories tests between 2010 & 2014

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Sheldon Price says it is not clear how many cases may be affected by the warning which the Government has issued in respect of cases concerning Trimega between 2010 and 2014. Any clients who may have been affected should obtain legal advice as soon as...

Remarriage following divorce

Beverley Watkins
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Beverley Watkins explains that remarrying before sorting out financial matters from a first divorce can have catastrophic consequences.  If a party to a divorce proceedings remarries before they have dealt with the financial aspects of their divorce,...

SEND Tribunal - Health and Social Care Provisions

Liz Smith
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Following a 2017 pilot trial involving 17 Local Authorities, the SEND Tribunal has agreed to make non-binding recommendations on the health and social care sections of a child or young person’s EHC Plan.  The Tribunal will be able to make these...

Personal Budgets and Direct Payments for Children and Young People with EHC Plans

Lydia Dunford
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A Personal Budget is an amount of money identified by the Local Authority to deliver provision set out in a child or young person’s EHC Plan where the parent or young person is involved in securing that provision. A child’s parent or the young...

Local Government Ombudsman first 100 investigations - EHCP issues and what we can learn from these

Lydia Dunford
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The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has recently published its focus report on its first 100 investigations into identified issues with the Education, Health and Care Plan system.  The Local Government Ombudsman is a free service for parents of children with special education needs and disabilities to utilise if parents believe there has been...  

Watkins Solicitors - SEN Information Day for Parents in Cornwall

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The Education Department of Watkins Solicitors held another successful SEN Conference, this time in Redruth, Cornwall, for parents of children who have special education needs and disabilities.   Lydia Dunford spoke about EHC Needs Assessments and...

Amie Calder discusses Parental orders and Surrogacy arrangements

Amie Calder
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The legal parents of a child in cases of surrogacy are the surrogate mother and either the man or woman the surrogate mother was married to or was in a civil partnership with at the time of treatment if they consented to the treatment. The time of treatment is when the embryo or sperm and eggs were placed into the surrogate mother via artificial insemination.  

Applying for a refund for Tribunal fees - details announced

Tamsin James
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You may recall that, in July this year, the Supreme Court ruled that the Employment Tribunal fees imposed by the Government in 2013 were unlawful.  The Government has therefore committed to refund all fees paid by Claimants.  For some Claimants,...

Beverley Watkins wins Bristol Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year

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Staff had a wonderful evening at the Annual Bristol Law Society Awards and, to round it off, Beverley Watkins won the award for Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year!    When presenting the award, the following was said: "To Beverley...

SEN Tribunals

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New figures from the Ministry of Justice have shown that there has been a big jump in the number of appeals registered at the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal.  Between April and June 2017, the number of Local Authority decisions...

New Divorce Petition 2017

Beverley Watkins
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Beverley Watkins has been looking at the new Divorce Petition which came into use on 7 th August 2017. The form has been improved and is definitely easier to use.  You can now pay the Court fee by debit/credit card.  If you indicate that you do...

Court of Appeal decision - S-F

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Sheldon Price recently represented a Mother in proceedings in the Court of Appeal – S-F (A Child) [2017] EWCA Civ964 .  Sheldon specialises in Care and Adoption proceedings representing parents, relatives, Guardians and Children in proceedings...

STOP PRESS - TRIBUNAL FEES RULED UNLAWFUL!

Tamsin James
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It feels like it is time for some good news! In 2013, the Government introduced Tribunal fees for individuals bringing claims (but not for employers defending them).  At over £1,000 for most claims, it was unaffordable for many individuals (also...

SEN Information Day for Parents

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SEN Information Day for Parents (All you need to know about Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessments and Plans in just one day!) Presented by Watkins Solicitors Following the huge success of their EHC needs assessments &...

Watkins Solicitors and Upfest

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As tens of thousands descended on Bedminster in Bristol for Europe's largest street art festival, Upfest, Watkins Solicitors played their part by hosting a Bric-a-Brac Sale on the front lawn of their office at 192 North Street....

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