Our dedicated and experienced Education Law Solicitors and Caseworkers offer highly specialist private client and legal aid services.
We are experts in Education Law, and have been helping clients with casework advice and assistance for almost 30 years.
Areas of specialism
We have extensive experience across all areas of education law, including:
- Special educational needs (SEN) appeals at the First Tier Tribunal and Upper Tier Tribunal
- SEN appeals with health and social care challenges
- Education Health and Care Plan reviews and requests for assessments
- Discrimination claims against schools, colleges and universities
- Complex judicial review challenges including human rights breaches
- School admissions appeals
- Exclusions and unlawful exclusions (‘off-rolling’)
- Home to school transport
- School complaints
Our specialist team of solicitors is led by Qaisar Sheikh (Head of Education Law) and Gregg Burrough (Senior Education Lawyer).
Qaisar has a strong reputation in the field and is ranked in Chambers and Partners amongst the leading education lawyers in England and Wales. He is also a committee member and trustee of the Education Law Association. Gregg is well known for strong advocacy skills in all types of SEN hearings and judicial review claims against public bodies.
Why choose us?
Our Education Law Team helps children and young people up to the age of 25 every day, particularly those with special educational needs, mental health difficulties and a range of disabilities.
High quality service
We ensure careful, thorough case planning and excellent attention to detail. We work with experienced and highly skilled experts across England and Wales. As a result, we have exceptionally high success rates, even for the most complex cases.
For many years, our Education Law Team was one of only two organisations which held Legal Aid contracts across England and Wales. This means we have grown to become one of the most active education law practices across England and Wales. Our solicitors and caseworkers have vast and varied experience, particularly in complex matters, such as appeals for residential placements, independent schools and discrimination claims in the First Tier Tribunal and County Court.
Dedication to children’s rights
As a children’s charity, we are dedicated to upholding the rights of every vulnerable child and young person. When you choose our services, as well as choosing outstanding legal expertise to resolve your legal issue you are also supporting our charitable work across the Coram Group. You will be contributing to improving the lives of thousands of vulnerable children and young people every year.
Our services and costs
We offer services to both legal aid clients and private clients.
To find out if you are eligible for legal aid, you can contact Civil Legal Advice who will undertake an initial assessment. Visit their website or call them on 0345 345 4345 to find out more. Their line is open Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 8.00pm and Saturday 9.00am – 12.30pm. If you are eligible for legal aid but do not have education solicitors offering legal aid services in your area, Civil Legal Advice can refer you to us for remote advice and assistance.
If you wish to access our legal aid services in person, we have offices in both London and Colchester. To find out more about this please contact us on 01206 714650/ 020 7713 0089.
Private client work
We offer competitive prices and focus on delivering the best value for money for you. Our pricing is flexible and depends on the nature of work and hours involved.
Our costs range from £70 per hour for junior caseworkers up to £180 per hour for our most senior and experienced solicitors. We are also able offer fixed fee prices for a range of matters, including representation at hearings. Discounted rates may be available depending on household income.
For more information please about private services please contact us on 01206 714650, 020 7713 0089 or email us to request a call back.
What our clients say
“Coram Children’s Legal Centre provided invaluable help and support when my Local Authority turned down an application on behalf of my adult son for a place at a local special needs college… Needless to say, we were delighted with the outcome. Our son has settled in very well at college, is happy and making good progress, which has been hugely beneficial for the whole family. Thank you.”
“Since my daughter was diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), I was constantly fighting with my local authority to get the right support for her. When my daughter was out of school for nearly half a year with no prospects of getting her back to school, I contacted Coram Children’s Legal Centre for help. The solicitors’ team immediately jumped on my case, within a month she was back to school… the case was prepared so well that the local authority solicitor did not have any arguments and my case was won in the tribunal… I am so grateful for their hard work and dedication.”
“I have on two occasions used Coram and their Solicitor Qaisar Sheikh representing both times with regards to special educational needs (SEN), seeking an education, health and care plan (EHCP) and further obtaining school placements despite the local authorities denial of either being needed. I consider Coram and Qaisar by far the best in their field”.
“I have been supporting a family of children with complex educational and emotional needs. Neither children were in satisfactory education placements. Gregg and his team at Coram efficiently worked with the LA to obtain suitable school placements for the children and assessments for their education, health and care plans (EHCPs). This outcome would not have happened without the expert help and care of Gregg Burrough. Thank you very much.”
“Coram dealt with two Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) appeals for me. Everyone, from the phone receptionists through to the barrister (recommended by Coram) had my son’s best interests at heart and was friendly, patient and supportive”.
“They understood the ramifications and nuances of Local Authority decisions and were able to pick out flaws in their arguments. And in amongst all this expertise, they still made me feel like part of the team. I would recommend them in a heartbeat. Thank you, Qaisar and Coram.”
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Free legal guidance and resources
In addition to our casework, Coram Children’s Legal Centre also operates the Child Law Advice service (CLAS). CLAS offers free initial advice on all types of education law.