Education Law Solicitors

Education Law Solicitors

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Committed to championing the needs of children, particularly those with special educational needs

Watkins Solicitors is one of the leading firms in the country advising on Education Law. Although based in Bristol, our dedicated education team successfully handles cases for children throughout England and Wales.

We support parents who feel that they are being let down. Parents come to us because of our reputation for championing the needs of children. There is after all only the one opportunity of getting your child’s education right.

Parents and children both have rights in law when it comes to education, particularly those children with Special Educational Needs. We provide clear and expert advice and guidance on all aspects of education law, helping our clients to enforce what are their lawful rights.

If you are concerned that your child is not getting the support that they need, then wherever you live in the country, just call us for a free informal chat.

Don’t allow yourself to get fobbed off any more. Watkins Solicitors. Lawyers on your side.

Our summary guides will help you take the first steps in considering what legal help you may need for your child’s particular circumstances. Use the left side menu to navigate education advice.

Contact our education law solicitors in Bristol, Bath, Hereford and Evesham

For specialised legal advice and guidance, please get in touch with our friendly and professional solicitors.

We have offices in Bristol (Southville and Fishponds), BathHereford and Evesham, as well as working with clients across the rest of the UK and internationally. To discuss your case in more detail, please call us on 0117 939 0350 or email


SEN Information Week: Video Playlist

Comments following our EHC Needs Assessment Parents Information Day in Bristol on 2.2.2018

“Thank you – very useful.  Have learned a lot and had some misinformation corrected!”

“Many thanks for supporting parents in this way”

“I wish I’d had this three years ago as school has been evasive”

“Very useful to meet other parents in the same boat – with kids with SEND”

“This was very useful (if exhausting) event.  Thank you!”

“Thank you so much for offering all your expertise and advice.  I feel so much more confident about starting the EHCP process”

“Very informative, given me more confidence in starting our EHCP application”

Comments following our EHC Needs Assessment Parents Information Day in Hereford on 26.1.2018

“Very obvious that you all really care about SEN and gaining the right plans and placements for our children, some very good information, I have attended a number of events but this was the most entertaining!”

“Watkins Solicitors are very knowledgeable and friendly and absolutely brilliant.  Thank you so much, this will make a huge difference to my two autistic children.  Very funny too, loved it.”

“Spot on.  Should be run more often”.

“Great!  Thank you.”

“Very informative.”

“Would like similar events on any aspect of the SEN provision, difficulties faced within the education system by SEN kids and their families!”

“I could listen to you all day!”

“Fab day!”

“Very appropriate insight.  Would appreciate more about 19-25 process.  Thanks for sharing so much information I spent hours on the internet trying to find!”

Feedback from our SEN EHC Needs Assessment and Plans in Cornwall on 22.9.2017

“Cornwall Needs SEN Support! So a great event.  I know many parents who also have children with CFS/ME who need this advice also”

“I found this event very helpful, I learnt some very useful information”

“It was fantastic, thank you!”

“Very informative.  Lots of great advice.  In a fun informal setting”

“Very informative.  I will be passing details onto other parents, many could not make today”

“Great answers to questions which could be asked throughout the day, very respectful of all attendees, good opportunities to question and ask for clarity on points delivered”

“Was good to be able to answer individual needs”

"I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all, for the informative SEN Information Day, at the Melting Pot Cafe in Redruth on Friday 22 September.

I attended with a group of friends and we all felt that it was a brilliant day, where we learned a lot more about SEN processes. I know it was the best presented and most factual advice and information session that I have attended, so I hope you continue with these sessions." 

80% of attendees rated the Conference excellent, 20% very good!