Laxmi heads up the Education team at Boyes Turner. Her expertise includes working closely with parents, schools, local authorities and case managers to ensure that children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) get the support they need to reach the best possible outcome in their education.
Laxmi’s work ties in well with the work already done with babies and young children with profound and complex learning difficulties in medical negligence, personal injury and with the Court of Protection teams.
Her work includes guiding parents through the assessment process and conducting appeals, including representation, to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDIST). She helps parents through every stage of their child’s statutory assessment process, which includes conducting appeals to SENDIST.
Laxmi advises parents on how and when to ask for an EHC needs assessment and what to do if they are either unhappy or unsure about the adequacy of their child’s educational provision. She also provides health checks on the contents of EHCPs and advises parents on how to amend these if, for example, they want a different school (maintained, independent, special or mainstream, residential or day).
Laxmi has successfully handled cases of children with complex and wide-ranging learning disabilities resulting from birth injury or sudden brain injury including:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Speech and language difficulties
- Hearing and visual impairment
- Down’s Syndrome
- Emotional behavioural difficulties
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Sensory processing disorder
She works closely with parents to achieve the best possible results for their children and has achieved successful outcomes for children with complex needs requiring tri-partite funding from education, health and social services. She has also successfully led cases for independent/non-maintained residential schools.
Laxmi speaks regularly for charities and events on changes to SEND legislation, government guidance and changes to practice and procedure. She provides seminars to parents, case managers, schools and experts on best practice and regularly offers advice on how parents can support their children with SEND through the EHCP. Laxmi also advices solicitors in other practice areas, such as clinical negligence, personal injury and Court of Protection Deputies, on what they need to look out for when advising clients who have children with SEND.
Laxmi is an active committee member of the Education Law Association (ELAS), often leading talks on the SEN special interest group. Prior to Boyes Turner she was a volunteer education law advisor for the National Autistic Society (NAS).
Testimonials for Laxmi Patel
'Very empathetic, organised and thorough'
'Thank you so much'