Hannah has considerable expertise in this area and is sought after by solicitors firms and local authorities across the country.
Hannah acts for clients across the full range of education-related disputes, including:
- Claims before the First-Tier Tribunal (SEND) and Upper Tribunal related to Education, Health and Care Plans
- Disability Discrimination proceedings
- Judicial Review claims against Local Authorities and government departments.
- Admissions and exclusion appeals.
- Claims involving universities, Multi-Academy Trusts and further/higher education providers.
- Teachers’ disciplinary proceedings.
Hannah provides ongoing training and legal advice to numerous local authorities in all areas of Education law; and in relation to associated Employment, Court of Protection and procurement proceedings. She advises local authorities preparing for- and responding to- Local Area SEND inspections carried out by Ofsted and the CQC; and was seconded part-time to Calderdale Council in 2017 to advise in this area.
Hannah writes articles for the Education Law Journal and writes for Lexis Nexis on SEN law. She was a speaker at the Jordans SEN Conference in 2017.
Notable Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) cases
O County Council v Parents of J
Represented a local authority in an appeal to the Upper Tribunal brought by a parent in relation to necessary educational provison in Section F of her child’s EHC Plan. Case concerned education other than at school and the ‘waking day’ curriculum.
W Borough Council v Parents of CF
Advised a local authority in judicial review proceedings, relating to the continuation of funding of a post-19 residential school placement for a young person with severe learning difficulties.
X Council v Parents of WB
Advised a family considering bringing judicial review proceedings against their local authority in relation to the appropriate school placement for their child with autism and associated difficulties.
Y County Council v Parents of LC
Represented a primary school in disability discrimination proceedings brought by the parents of a child with learning difficulties.