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School of Law

Special Educational Needs Law Workshop

30 November 2018

Time: 2:00 - 5:00pm
Venue: Room 313, School of Law, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS

Over the last few decades, Special Educational Needs law has become an increasingly technical and complex area of legal practice. In addition, cuts to legal aid and the structural features of the tribunal system seem to have made SEN Law progressively inaccessible to the parents/guardians of children and young persons with SEN. This workshop brings together legal practitioners in private practice, charitable organisations, and academics with expertise in SEN law (and Disability Discrimination/Equality law generally) to discuss a range of specific challenges that affect this rapidly growing area of law and to consider ways in which University Law Schools could contribute to its development.


  • Prof. Luke Clements (Leeds University) - SEN Law Scholarship and public/private partnerships
  • Louise Coleman (Solicitor, South London Legal Partnership) - Local Authority perspectives
  • Adam Friel (Solicitor, Sinclairslaw Solicitors) - Advising parents, guardians/young persons on SEN Law
  • Mark Greaves (Barrister, Old Square Chambers) - SEN Law and disability discrimination
  • Alastair Hodge (Barrister, 5 Essex Court Chambers) - School exclusions and SEN Law
  • Prof. Michael King (Reading University) - Training law students as SEN representatives and advisors
  • Eleanor Wright (SOS!SEN) - Third sector perspectives


Dr Stephen Allen (Department of Law, QMUL)

Frances Ridout (Director, Legal Advice Centre, QMUL)

This event is supported by the Society of Legal Scholars via its Small Projects and Events Fund.


For directions to the venue, please refer to the map.

How to book

This event is free but prior booking is required. Register online via Eventbrite.


For more information on this event, please email

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