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103 Colmore Row,
Birmingham B3 3AG
About Shoosmiths LLP
The Education department focuses on special educational needs and disability work specialising in Education Health and Care plans. We solely accept instructions from:
- young people
- solicitors representing parents and children – (work arising from clinical negligence claims)
- Court of Protection deputies managing the funds and general affairs of children/young people
We cover a range of special educational needs covering autism, downs syndrome, visual and hearing impairments, cerebral palsy and acquired brain injury. This is not an exhaustive list of needs that we cover. New conditions and diagnoses are often brought to us. This broad client base means we are skilled and experienced in a wide range of diagnoses and needs.
We represent parents and young people at the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal via appeal proceedings as well as at mediation and general negotiation with councils. In the majority of our cases, particularly those received from other solicitors who are representing parents through a clinical negligence claim and Court of Protection deputies, we regularly co-ordinate and liaise with a team of professionals including solicitors, case managers, school staff and expert therapists. This involves ensuring that all professionals are aware of the law that is to be applied in SEN cases.
We are able to advise clients in the following areas: East Midlands, East of England, London, North East, North West, South East, South West, West Midlands, Yorkshire
103 Colmore Row,
Birmingham B3 3AG
About Gurvinder Samra
Gurvinder is an education solicitor (senior associate) specialising in the area of special educational needs specifically Education Health and Care plans. Gurvinder deals with cases covering children and young people aged between 0-25 with a range of disabilities such as cerebral palsy, autism, downs syndrome and learning difficulties. This list is not exhaustive.
Gurvinder advises on how to secure an EHC plan as well as advising the content of these plans to ensure that they are legally enforceable. She does this by applying her specialist negotiating skills from her years of experience in the area of SEN with local authorities, and as a result, often secures successful outcomes without the need for hearing and appeal proceedings in some cases.
Where, a Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal appeal is required, Gurvinder conducts the appeal proceedings by collating and analysing relevant expert evidence to ensure a successful outcome. Gurvinder has also participated in mediation meetings achieving favourable outcomes for her clients thereby negating the negating the need for appeal proceedings. Gurvinder is able to get to the crux of the issues and identify the evidence required to achieve the preferred outcome for the client.
Her clients describe her as ‘passionate, incredibly knowledgeable and experienced’ going ‘above and beyond the job to help’. Gurvinder continues to deliver regular virtual parent seminars during the year with several charities and independent colleges, advising on EHC plans and the legal implications of the process. Attendees have described the seminars as ‘extremely useful and very informative’.