Schools & Children
Match Solicitors has the country’s leading specialists in representing children and parents in respect of the issues that can arise whilst a child is at school.
The department is headed up by Director, Anita Chopra, who has a particular interest in advising parents on bringing or defending claims against Independent Schools including those in regards to school fees.
Whilst there are a number of law firms that claim to specialise in handling matters of Special Educational Needs or, more recently, Education Health and Care Plans, Match Solicitors remains a leader in the market regularly running cases brought in the First Tier and Upper Tribunals. The team has a particular expertise in settling cases, by negotiating with Local Authorities and ensuring that children get correct and adequate provision and that they attend a school that can meet their needs.
Alongside claims in the Tribunal, Match Solicitors has expertise in bringing or defending claims in the County Court for breach of contract, negligence, discrimination and bullying and are able to advise parents on the ramifications of a child’s age and how proceedings can be affected before and after a child reaches 18.
Getting your child into the correct school can have huge impact upon their lives. Match Solicitors has particular expertise in school admissions appeals, including infant class size appeals, and are able to offer competitive fixed fees for the full process. Anita Chopra is regularly called upon by the Press to offer commentary and expert insight into School Admissions issues.
If your child is excluded from school, you need to know that the team defending you through exclusions proceedings are specialists in the area of exclusions law. Match Solicitors regularly represents children in, and appears before, Governing Bodies and Independent Review Panels in respect of children’s exclusions.
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“ Match Solicitors were highly recommended to us not only for their undisputed comprehensive knowledge of the SEN legal minefield, but for their understanding of autism and other disorders and consequent compassionate work ethic. Their diligence and consummate professionalism ensured that the Local Authority were forced to take our son’s case seriously. It is almost impossible to articulate how grateful we are to Rishi and Anita for their hard work and dedication. ”
“ We were very happy to hand over our case to Match Solicitors and allow them to do what they do best - they won our appeal. They make no guarantees but at least you know, whether you win or lose, they have done their best for your child. ”
“ The service was first class and I was encouraged by the Solicitors sound knowledge of education law. Having a child with special needs is a challenge to any parent and the whole process of going to an educational tribunal can be quite daunting. Match Solicitors was able to get the job done professionally and to the highest standard and yet still retaining a very caring and human side which was very reassuring. ”