• Education
  • Childcare Proceedings
  • Adoption
  • Disability

Helping families and children find the best outcomes

There’s nothing more important than the best outcome for every child, but achieving this isn’t always easy. From dealing with care proceedings to trying to get the appropriate support for a child with Special Educational Needs, complex systems and processes compound the raw emotional content that is at the heart of every family.

We’re here to help – a firm of solicitors that’s uniquely placed at the cross-section of education and family law.

With our wide-reaching experience and specialist expertise, we’ll advise you on navigating this difficult landscape and finding your way to the right outcome.

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“Whatever the situation, our prime concern is always the welfare, protection and ultimately the happiness of the child, and our advice and help will always reflect this.”

Sarah PalmerCLP DIRECTOR

“We instructed Sarah Palmer of CLP on our education matter, due to her expertise in negotiating, and professional relationship, with the LEA. We were close to the SEND Tribunal final hearing date, and needed help at all the final stages to secure the named school and provisions in the EHCP. Sarah spent time discussing the key facts and issues with us, and quickly assessed the strength and merits of our case. We were amazed at the speed with which Sarah progressed the discussions with the LEA, and managed to conclude a settlement resulting in our son being placed at his named specialist non mainstream school without the need for the hearing. We are eternally grateful for all the hard work of the CLP”

 

VC

CLP pulled together a highly experienced and effective tribunal team consisting of a barrister, educational psychologist and four therapists. The team’s combined expertise and co-ordinated approach brought about a successful placement for our son with complex special needs.

“Sarah Palmer and CLP first supported us in 2008/9, guiding us through the statementing and SENDIST process that culminated in a successful appeal to Tribunal. Their expertise was such that six years on we had no hesitation re-engaging them to guide us through the EHCP process and to conclude a successful negotiation with our LA over sixth form placement without the need to go to Tribunal. We thoroughly recommend them.”

MS

“I instructed Sarah Palmer on the recommendation of a friend during an appeal against refusal to assess my child for a statement of SENs in 2014. My initial contact was via email, Sarah telephoned me for a quick discussion and got straight to the heart of the matter. We moved smoothly from being in an extremely difficult position to the case being conceded pre-tribunal. A further appeal was lodged against the content of the statement. Again there were complicating factors but Sarah steered us expertly through a very stressful process and once again our case was conceded pre-tribunal. The final outcome was a well written statement with a placement at a specialist school which, a year later, has proved to be an amazing step forward for my child. I am therefore very happy to recommend Sarah and the CLP team for their work in this field.”

AR

“Be careful who you listen to….
We were told by teachers that it was highly unlikely that our son (ADHD / Dyslexia) would qualify for a SEN statement (now EHCP) that would have any specific support provision. Frankly we didn’t know what to do until we were recommended Sarah Palmer by a friend. It wasn’t an easy process, but our son is now attending a specialist school with appropriate class sizes and on-site OT and SALT professionals.”

SS

“Sarah Palmer at the Children’s Legal Practice helped us with both the primary and secondary school transition process for our daughter who has a severe speech & language disorder. On both occasions Sarah provided straightforward, helpful and relevant advice. Her vast experience in this area resulted in successful school placements without tribunals. Due to Sarah’s services our daughter is now in a school where she is happy and thrives in.”

LW

“Have already used CLP again in another case and have recommended to individual Guardians particularly in relation to children with additional needs. Sarah Palmer’s expertise and interest in children with additional needs is excellent and a useful resource when representing children. Will be making this point to the team generally at our next team meeting.”

Children's Guardian - JS

“CLP provided straightforward, helpful, and relevant advice. Due to CLP, our daughter is now in a school where she is happy and thrives.”

LW

“CLP were very friendly every time I rang for help. I couldn’t ask for a better solicitor in a very hard situation.”

PK