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About Penningtons Manches Cooper
Our team dedicated to special educational needs law work exclusively for parents/carers and young people in securing the right provision and placement following a brain injury.
The focus of the department is on resolving matters as early as possible for clients. This is primarily to secure the necessary special educational provision/educational placement or other requirement for the child/young person as soon as possible. Importantly though it also reduces stress, time and cost for the clients as well. This is achieved partly due to the reputation of our team and expertise in this area, in dealing and negotiating with Local Authorities. It is also achieved by having clear ways of working and helping clients to build as strong a case as possible, reviewing evidence and commissioning any further required expert reports.
We can assist parents of children/young people with brain injuries from the beginning of the process to secure an Education, Health and Care Plan right through to securing required provision and placement, including if an appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal is required.
We work collaboratively with clients, case manager, independent therapists and experts as required.
We are able to advise clients in the following areas: throughout England and Wales
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About Victoria Federico
Victoria is a senior associate with a practice dedicated to special educational needs law. She specialises in assisting children and young people with a range of additional needs and disabilities, and supports their families to ensure that the correct support, therapy provision and educational placement is received. This includes securing Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs), assisting with appeals to the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Tribunal and negotiating with schools and colleges, and local authorities. Victoria’s clients range in age from birth up to 25 years old.
Victoria has a particular focus on acting for those with the most complex needs, particularly brain injuries. She receives referrals from fellow solicitors, case managers, independent experts, counsel, and charities. She is regularly invited to present on special educational needs legal issues to professional audiences and for charities, parent groups, and independent schools for their parents and staff.
Victoria has worked in special educational needs law since 2008, qualifying as a solicitor in 2011. She is listed as a Star Associate by Chambers and Partners, and the Legal 500 describes her as ‘exceptional’. Victoria is also a board trustee at Beyond Autism, an autism charity that also runs an early years intervention service, two outstanding specialist schools, and Post-19 provisions.