Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils

Special Education Legal Advice

CReSTeD are unable to offer advice legal advice, however, there are many organisations which can. Take care when contacting organisations about advice, please ensure they are legally qualified to give the advice you need. Whilst none of the organisations listed below have affiliations with CReSTeD we feel confident in providing you their details.

SEN Legal

SEN Legal is a well-established Education Law Practice with national coverage specialising in obtaining placements at Specialist CReSTeD registered schools or obtaining additional specialist dyslexia teaching and therapies in local mainstream schools, Academies or Free Schools funded by Local Authorities. Their published success rate is normally above 90%.

Melinda Nettleton of SEN Legal together with John Friel Barrister of Hardwicke Chambers have published a parent friendly text book to help parents find their way through the maze, which is called Special needs and legal entitlement. This is available on Amazon.

Telephone: 01284 723952

Douglas Silas

Douglas Silas Solicitors are the legal experts specialising in SEN who help parents successfully through each stage of the ‘Statementing’ process, including with appealing if necessary.

Their website at is also a very popular resources with lots of free information, used by thousands of parents and professionals each month.

Telephone: 020 8349 7700

Education Advocacy

Education Advocacy [EA] is a fee paying advocacy service with national coverage that helps parents of children with Special Educational Needs obtain appropriate special educational provision, including a place in an appropriate school. EA has many years experience of working with parents whose children have Special Educational Needs [SEN], plus extensive experience of helping parents appeal to the Special Education and Disability Tribunal.; telephone: 0845 644 8226


IPSEA is a national charity providing free legally based advice to families who have children with special educational needs. All our advice is given by trained volunteers.

General Advice Line: 0800 018 4016
Advice on: Problems with schools; requesting statutory assessment; proposed statements; annual reviews; possible disability discrimination; exclusion from school, etc.

Tribunal Help Line: 0845 602 9579
Next-step advice on SEN appeals and disability discrimination claims to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal. When you call we will assess whether you need casework support.

Website: IPSEA Telephone: 01799 582030

Langley Wellington Solicitors

We have an experienced team dedicated specifically to all aspects of Education law and Special Educational Needs. We advise parents of children with SEN including (amongst others): Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Speech and Language Difficulties, ADD/ADHD.

Contact Imelda Brennan, Katie Emsley or Rukhsana Koser for advice on, securing a Statutory Assessment/Obtaining a Statement/Securing amendments to your child's Special Education Needs and securing Funding for a specialist school placement.

Match Solicitors

Match Solicitors have a regional office in Cheltenham, where Robert Love leads the special educational needs team.

Robert is Honorary Legal Advisor to CReSTeD and has many years of practice in the special educational needs sector.

For further information please visit our website or call us on 03330 069 187

Maxwell Gillott

In September 2009 Maxwell Gillott merged with Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors to build a stronger presence in the healthcare and education sectors for both companies.

Our lawyers are experts in their fields and can provide you with advice or representation to help you overcome problems in securing your rights or those of your family. We have strong links with many of the charities that are active in our areas of interest and this helps us maintain up to date knowledge of developments relevant to our work. Our specialist skills and expertise are acknowledged by our inclusion in the Legal 500 and the Chambers Guide, which list the UK’s leading law firms and practitioners.

We are fully franchised by the Legal Aid Agency in our specialist areas. This means that we can apply for public funding – legal aid – for our clients, because our services and the way we work meet the high standards required by the Agency.

If public funding is not available to you, we will advise on alternative ways of meeting your legal costs and ensure that you are quite clear about your position before we start work on your behalf.

The Legal Aid Agency has recognised our expertise by appointing us as the only solicitors’ firm in the country to provide national telephone advice on education law via their Community Legal Advice service. Our work in this field has been recognised with the highest mark for quality following peer review carried out for the Agency.

Maxwell Gillott; telephone: 0845 388 0108


Sinclairslaw is a leading national legal practice in all areas of education law, with offices in London, Cardiff and Penarth. The firm has particular expertise in cases involving special educational needs; it has successfully helped many parents secure the right educational support from their local authorities ensuring that their children have every chance to reach their potential.

For more information please visit Sinclairslaw's website at: or email: or call the office on (029) 2070 6444

Tayntons Solicitors

Tayntons Solicitors has a dedicated Education Department that advises parents on a wide range of Education Law related matters including admissions, exclusions, discrimination cases and SENDIST appeals with particular expertise in dealing with children and young people with special educational needs.

For more information please visit our website: or email:

Telephone: 01452 522047