Welcome to Our blog

Services
People
News and Events
Other
Blogs

Latest Posts

Ever seen what a judgment from the High Court looks like?

  • Posted

Dr Keith Lomax, our Judicial Review Specialist, successfully brought proceedings against a local council in Huddersfield on behalf of his client, whose allotments were being seized. The National Allotments Society tried to join the proceedings, which they...

The Autism Act 2009 and 10 years on

Emma Grimbly
  • Posted
  • Author

The Autism Act 2009 was designed to bring about changes in the way adults with autism were treated by local authorities and NHS organisations. It is the only condition-specific legislation of its type in England and although references adults, has been...

Dr Keith Lomax

Parents successful in bid to challenge Wiltshire Council's plans to close local special schools

  • Posted

Families in Wiltshire have been successful in their bid to challenge the Council’s proposals to close down three schools for children with complex needs and disabilities. Dr Keith Lomax of Watkins Solicitors in Bristol & Bath , who...

SEND Tribunal Update

Emma Grimbly
  • Posted
  • Author

The Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal This Tribunal hears appeals about EHC needs assessments and EHC Plans as well as claims of disability discrimination. The number of appeals is on the rise; between 2018 and 2019 the Tribunal has seen...

Cornwall Council's failure to provide education - Ombudsman investigation

Liz Smith
  • Posted
  • Author

A report published this week by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman in response to a complaint against Cornwall Council, highlights three key areas that we find are repeated failings throughout the country.   The Ombudsman identified that...

Watkins Solicitors takes Wiltshire to judicial review over special school closures

  • Posted

Watkins’ solicitor Dr Keith Lomax, who specialises in challenging public bodies, is instructed by parent groups supporting two of the schools that the council plans to close. Friends of Larkrise School in Trowbridge and St Nicholas School in Chippenham...

Dementia-friendly Bath conference

  • Posted

We were delighted to exhibit at the dementia friendly Bath conference, which was excellently organised by Bath & North East Somerset Dementia Action Alliance (“Bath DAA”) at the Guildhall in Bath on Thursday 7th February 2019. There was...

Keith Lomax discusses legal challenge to council plans for special schools on BBC Radio Wiltshire

  • Posted

Dr Keith Lomax , our judicial review & regulatory specialist, was interviewed by Ben Prater on BBC Radio Wiltshire this morning. The topic of conversation was Wiltshire Council's proposals to close special schools in Chippenham and Trowbridge....

Supreme Court judgment today - a public law classic example

  • Posted

As you may have heard in the news today, a judgment has been handed down in the Supreme Court in a case that involved a number of linked appeals including ’W’ for whom our Judicial Review & Public Law Specialist, Keith Lomax , has been...

Could this be the biggest reform employment law has seen in the last 20 years?

Kirsty Hunt
  • Posted
  • Author

New proposals issued by the Government to protect workers following Matthew Taylor’s Good Work Review.  Could this be the biggest reform employment law has seen in the last 20 years yet? Proposals include workers’ rights (not just employees)...

Uber drivers get an early Christmas present

Kirsty Hunt
  • Posted
  • Author

Uber drivers get an early Christmas present and win Court of Appeal case!  After an ongoing battle to obtain basic employment rights, Uber drivers have finally been declared “Workers” thereby entitling them to the minimum wage and holiday...

SEN pupils being failed by system

Emma Grimbly
  • Posted
  • Author

The Guardian has published an article in relation to ‘special needs pupils being failed by system on verge of crisis’. Their investigation has shown that the current rate of success for parents at SEN Tribunal hearings is now at 89%. It is...

New Tribunal Bundle Guidance

Emma Grimbly
  • Posted
  • Author

The Tribunal Service has launched new guidance for Tribunal bundles in SEN appeals which could have key ramifications when providing independent reports as evidence. Whereas it is often the case that these reports are highly detailed and therefore lengthy,...

School Exclusion

Liz Smith
  • Posted
  • Author

The Government has been seeking views and evidence on school exclusion practice as part of a review of school exclusions.  In 2015/16, 0.08% of children were permanently excluded from Local Authority maintained schools in England, although children...

School Records

Liz Smith
  • Posted
  • Author

We receive a number of phone calls from parents who want to know if they can access their child’s school records.  The answer is generally, yes.  If your child attends a maintained school, you have an independent right of access to your...

Weak points in the newly reformed SEND system

Liz Smith
  • Posted
  • Author

Speaking to MP’s on the Commons Education Select Committee, Baroness Warnock, who issued a report 40 years ago about services for children with special educational needs and disabilities needing to change, along with other key figures that led to the...

Implementing the Disability and Special Educational Needs Reform set out in the Children and Families Act 2014

Liz Smith
  • Posted
  • Author

Following on from previous articles, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission have continued to carry out joint inspections to consider how Local Authorities have implemented the changes set out in the Children and Families Act 2014 in relation to the...

Special Educational Provision during school holidays - an update

  • Posted

A recent decision from the Upper Tribunal, GK v North Somerset Council (2018) has upheld a parent’s appeal in respect of when a Local Authority is required to provide special educational provision outside of school term times. The child in question...

Bristol parents successfully challenge Local Authority SEND budget cuts

  • Posted

Two sets of parents have recently taken Bristol City Council to court for a judicial review of the council’s continuing cuts to funding for pupils with SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities). The first case of its kind, the basis of the...

Very happy client gives Angela flowers and chocolates

  • Posted

Our Head of Conveyancing, Angela Dunlop, is pictured with a lovely bunch of flowers received from a very satisfied client!...

  • Page 1 of 3