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A toolkit for SEN tribunal success - FTB

Toolkit 15386885 sThis presentation provides practical advice for education authority lawyers and officers on how best to approach SEN Tribunal hearings.

It also provides an update on judicial review procedure looking at the recently published Administrative Court Judicial Review Guide 2016.

Course level: Intermediate

Running Time: 25 minutes

Date of recording: 23rd November, 2016


A toolkit for SEN tribunal success

•    Procedural changes from 1 August 2016

•    New Timetable

•    How are we doing? Lee Scott review

•    Preparation – General

•    Preparation – Experts

•    Raincheck

•    Procedural shenanigans

•    Witnesses

•    Further tips for the hearing

Administrative Court Judicial Review Guide (published July 2016)

•    Purpose behind the changes

•    Status of the Guide

•    Important content from the Guide

o    Duty of candour
o    Urgency
o    Skeleton Arguments
o    Documents and Authorities

Katherine BarnesKatherine Barnes
Katherine welcomes instructions in all of Chambers’ core practice areas, and also practises public and human rights law in its broadest sense. She graduated from Queens’ College Cambridge with a First Class degree in French and Spanish before converting to law. She then obtained an LLM with distinction in public law and human rights from the London School of Economics.

Katherine’s areas of interest include:
•    Planning, Environment, Infrastructure and Compulsory Purchase
•    Education
•    Community Care
•    Housing
•    Social Security
•    Immigration and asylum
•    Information and Privacy
•    Procurement
•    Licensing
•    EU law

Katherine is happy to work on a pro bono basis in appropriate cases.

Recent work includes:

•    R (Dillner) v Sheffield City Council [2016] EWHC 945 (Admin) (as junior to Richard Honey) – judicial review of the Defendant's street maintenance project involving the removal and replacement of street trees was successfully defended.
•    R (NHS Property Services Limited) v Surrey County Council [2016] EWHC 1715 (Admin) (as junior to Douglas Edwards QC) – judicial review of the Defendant's decision to register NHS land as a village green.
•    R (John Ford Solicitors) v The Director of Legal Aid Casework (ongoing; as junior to Richard Clayton QC and Lee Parkhill) – judicial review of a refusal by the Legal Aid Agency to increase the scope on a legal aid certificate to pursue an appeal concerning costs to the Court of Appeal. The challenge is of real significance to legal aid firms who rely on inter-partes costs awards to make their work financially viable.
•    Following a hearing before the Independent Review Panel, securing the quashing of a decision by the Governing Body of a secondary school to exclude permanently a child on the basis that it suffered from apparent bias.
•    An application to the European Court of Human Rights following the Supreme Court decision of Coventry v Lawrence (No 3) [2015] UKSC 50 challenging the lawfulness of the UK costs regime under Article 6 and Article 1 Protocol 1 of the ECHR (assisting Robert McCracken QC).
•    R (Santander UK Plc) v London Borough of Enfield [2016] (as junior to Hereward Phillpot QC) – acted for the claimant in a judicial review of Enfield’s decision to grant planning permission for development of a bank (Enfield conceded the claim after it was issued).
•    On behalf of a local authority, successfully resisting an appeal to the Crown Court against conviction and sentence for non-school attendance.
•    Alam v Secretary of State for Education (as part of GLD's baby barrister scheme) – appeal against a direction prohibiting the Appellant from taking part in the management of any independent school following his alleged role promoting extremist views in Birmingham schools as revealed by the Trojan Horse scandal.
•    Representing two conjoined Rule 6 parties at a five day planning inquiry (with Sarah Sackman) (APP/N5090/W/15/3132049).