3PB Direct

I’m just looking for some initial advice at this stage – can I contact you?

Yes of course. You don't have to be ready to instruct a barrister to contact us. One of our experienced team of... Read more

Can I challenge councils’ home to school transport policies for young people?

Yes, this is particularly important in transition years post-16 and post-19. The DfE is reviewing its guidance after a... Read more

What about mediation?

You have to consider mediation before they can appeal to a tribunal. But approaches can be inconsistent and depend on... Read more

What about the new powers of the first-tier tribunals for plans drawn up since April 2018?

There is now a national two-year trial until April 2020 and presently the gateway to an appeal can only be an... Read more

What has been the effect of extending EHCPs from the age of 19 to 25?

The purpose of extending EHCPs from the age of 19 to 25 is to avoid young people being abandoned after school with no... Read more

Do your barristers do legal aid-funded SEN work?

Yes we do. We also assist national law firm Simpson Millar, one of two legal aid contract providers for SEN advice... Read more

What are the new EHCPs?

Councils are drawing up thousands of new education, health and care plans (EHCPs) a year – 36,000 in 2016-17 and were... Read more

What about the tribunal hearing discrimination claims against schools?

The tribunal can also hear cases concerning discrimination in schools, but is unable to make any awards of financial... Read more

When can I appeal to The Special Educational Needs & Disability Tribunal ?

By 2018, between 3,000 and 4,700 appeals a year have been registered with the First-tier SEND Tribunal since the plans... Read more

What can I do with the school?

Our barristers – or a referred solicitor we recommend - can assist you with initial liaison with the school to... Read more

What is a SEN Statement/assessment and can I appeal decisions of the school/local authority?

The SEN statement is a legal document and is subject to an annual review. As a parent you should be involved in its... Read more

How to instruct a barrister

Our experienced team of specially-trained clerks make instructing a 3PB Direct barrister simple. Watch our video for a step-by-step guide on how to work with us to achieve a resolution to your legal issue.

We’ll be here every step of the way to support and guide you through the legal challenges at hand.

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