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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“ Whilst the SENDIST appeal process requires patience and clarity, we found Match Solicitors provided a faultless service. Diligent whilst being understanding. Our son is now in the school we required and is thriving due to the support of Match Solicitors throughout the process. ”
“ I wouldn’t hesitate to use your firm again in the future, and will also happily recommend you to others requiring help. ”
“ I would be very willing to recommend Match Solicitors to anyone else needing a specialist education solicitor. They were thorough, knowledgeable, worked in a timely manner and were generally a pleasure to work with. ”