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Yes we do. We also assist national law firm Simpson Millar, one of two legal aid contract providers for SEN advice through the telephone gateway. Legal aid is only available through the telephone gateway, which last year received roughly 4,000 calls. Only one case was referred for a face-to-face interview; the rest were done via telephone, email, Skype and conference calls.
To obtain legal representation at a First-tier Tribunal, you would need exceptional case funding. Only five applications have been made since 2013 and none were granted. Legal representation for Upper Tribunal appeals is in scope for funding, subject to means and merits tests, with nine certificates for example issued in 2016/17. In the vast majority of cases, the parent or young person then has to self-represent at the tribunal, or instruct a barrister or solicitor to help them for an agreed fee.
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.