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Judges meeting with children

A senior judge has given an update on the issues created by judges meeting children and the correct approach to be taken. Michelle Brown reports.

News headlines

Aug 06, 2018

High Court judge quashes decision by council to cut SEND budget by £5m

A High Court judge has quashed Bristol City Council’s decision to reduce spending on special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) by £5m.
Aug 02, 2018

Judge allows challenge over screening but refuses to quash permission for school

A High Court judge has declined to grant relief against the grant of conditional planning permission by Hertfordshire County Council to itself for the construction of a new secondary school, despite allowing a ground of challenge that a screening…
Jul 26, 2018

County council granted fresh injunction over 11+ exam information

Warwickshire County Council has been granted an injunction restraining a man who runs websites dealing with the 11 Plus examination from breaching the confidentiality of papers.
Jul 23, 2018

Judge to hear challenge this week to £5m cuts by city council to SEND budget

A rolled-up hearing will be held tomorrow (24 July) at Bristol Civil Justice Centre over Bristol City Council’s decision to reduce special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) spending by £5m in the local area, it has been reported.
Jul 23, 2018

Government faces threat of legal action over introduction of T-Levels

The Federation of Awarding Bodies has sent a letter before action to the Department for Education and the Institute for Apprenticeships warning of a potential judicial review challenge to the government’s T-Level programme.

Features and analysis

Dealing with student sit-ins

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With the current climate of strikes and further cuts to public services, the number of student sit-ins is again on the rise. Michelle Bendall considers the options for handling them.

Good expert or bad?

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When it comes to historic social care claims, the answer lies in the prep, writes Laura Broadhead.

Reopening final appeals

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Jeremy Pike and Charles Streeten analyse an important Court of Appeal judgment on applications for permission to appeal, reopening final appeals, and s 31(2A) of the Senior Courts Act.

Serving surveillance evidence

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When should surveillance evidence be served? Catherine Burt looks at the lessons from a recent appeal involving a city council.

Older articles

Jun 25, 2018

Parents raise funds for legal challenge over academisation and Ofsted report

A group of parents are aiming to crowd fund a legal challenge to the proposed academisation of a secondary school in Greenwich, after it was judged by Ofsted to be “inadequate with serious weaknesses”.
Jun 22, 2018

Reopening final appeals

Jeremy Pike and Charles Streeten analyse an important Court of Appeal judgment on applications for permission to appeal, reopening final appeals, and s 31(2A) of the Senior Courts Act.
Jun 15, 2018

Serving surveillance evidence

When should surveillance evidence be served? Catherine Burt looks at the lessons from a recent appeal involving a city council.
Jun 15, 2018

Children, consent and confinement

The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers analyse recent rulings in relation to deprivations of liberty involving children and the question of consent.
Jun 11, 2018

City council faces judicial review over £5m SEND funding reduction

Bristol City Council has become the latest local authority to face a judicial review challenge over a decision to cut funding for special educational needs and disabilities.
May 24, 2018

Families apply for judicial review challenge to SEN policy of council

Law firm Irwin Mitchell has applied to take the London Borough of Hackney to judicial review on behalf of families granted legal aid to challenge its special educational needs policy.
May 24, 2018

Education regulator in Wales awards £1.7m contract to law firm

The Education Workforce Council in Wales has awarded a £1.7m contract to law firm Kingsley Napley to provide presenting officer services.
May 23, 2018

Judge criticises SEN Tribunal for Wales for refusal to accept case

A judge has made withering criticisms of the Special Educational Needs Tribunal for Wales, which he said had been wrong both to refuse to accept a case for appeal and to try to influence him as to its merits.
May 23, 2018

Council "did not have vires to lease part of common to pre-school nursery"

The London Borough of Wandsworth did not have the vires to lease premises situated on a common to a private pre-school operator, the Court of Appeal has ruled.
May 11, 2018

Publicly held land and village greens

The Court of Appeal has handed down a landmark judgment on use of publicly held land. Ashley Bowes, Jonathan Clay and Matthew Lewis consider the implications.
May 10, 2018

HMCTS behind schedule on “ambitious” court reform programme, says watchdog

HM Courts Service is behind where it expected to be at this stage of its ambitious reform programme, the National Audit Office has warned.
May 09, 2018

Campaigners in legal action over planning permission for secondary free school

A group opposed to a planned secondary free school in Harpenden has said it will take Hertfordshire County Council to judicial review over its decision to grant planning consent.
May 04, 2018

Decision to register playing fields as village green unlawful: judge

A High Court judge has upheld a legal challenge by a school in Bristol and indicated that he will quash a council committee’s decision to register land as a village green.
Apr 27, 2018

Costs in public law cases

Alexander Campbell analyses a recent Court of Appeal ruling on costs that has important lessons for local authorities conducting assessments.
Apr 26, 2018

Asylum-seeking A-level student wins first round in battle over right to study

A teenager barred from studying by the Home Office because of her immigration status has won the first round of a legal challenge.
Apr 25, 2018

More than 1,000 university students sign up to group claim over lost teaching time

More than 1,000 students in the UK have signed up to a group claim for breach of contract over lost teaching time against universities affected by industrial action, the law firm behind the scheme has said.
Apr 05, 2018

Parents and carers eye judicial review of changes to SEN funding by Hackney

A group of parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities in Hackney are crowd funding a potential legal challenge to the London borough’s plans to make changes to SEND funding.
Mar 29, 2018

Teachers and disclosure of relationships

The Supreme Court recently upheld the fairness of the dismissal of a head teacher, for non-disclosure of a relationship with a convicted sex offender. Phil Allen looks at the lessons from the judgment.
Mar 19, 2018

Bullying by judges should not be tolerated, says Chair of the Bar

Bullying of barristers and other lawyers by judges has no place in the courts, the Chair of the Bar, Andrew Walker QC, has said, after press reports highlighted the issue.
Mar 16, 2018

County faces legal action over £20m cut to services for disabled children

A group of families has threatened Surrey County Council with a judicial review challenge over its decision to cut its schools and special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) budgets by £20m.

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