I qualified as a solicitor in October 2016, having trained in a specialist education law firm. I have 4 years experience in education law and have worked for both Local Authorities and Parents in SEN Appeals.
Clients usually come to me, either Local Authority or Parents regarding a dispute over the school named for their child to attend. The children have various special educational needs. I have received positive feedback for being approachable and honest with clients.
I have a lot of experience dealing with cases involving provision and schooling for children and young people with special educational needs.
I have covered Public Law, Employment Law and Family Law as part of my training contract and typically advised clients on the specific aspects relating to ensuring compliance with the law and guidelines.
I like to go for countryside walks with my dog and I also read a lot, especially during my commute.
Free expert legal educational advice clinics
The Richmond office of Moore Blatch, holds regular legal clinics offering advice to parents and young people regarding a range of education issues, specifically around Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) issues.Each session is 45 minutes, either in person or by phone.
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‘My son had complex needs which were being ignored by the Local Authority. Thanks to the clear, timely and kind assistance I received from Erin Smart at Moore Blatch, my darling boy is now in a specialist school placement and gaining the help and support he so desperately needed. This result has been life changing to my son. He and I are overjoyed with the outcome. Thank you so much’ Tanya
'Every aspect of our son's case has been conducted with the highest standards of professionalism. Erin was with us every time we needed her. Her understanding of our son’s needs made our lives easier during the case. A very reliable professional person, who knows how to support their clients’ needs. Our success wouldn't be possible without Erin. A massive thank you, we can’t imagine having any other person dealing with our son’s case, definitely a perfect match' Pawel
Acting for a parent whose 12 year old child (“AJ”) was suicidal and had been refused assessment by his Local Authority. AJ was on the waiting list for CAMHS but it could take 2 years to be seen. We were able to lodge an appeal and secure an assessment, without the need to go to the Tribunal. We also supported the family through the EHCP drafting process and AJ is now attending a specialist setting able to meet their needs. Please see further comment at: https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/863771/learning-difficulties-dyslexia-aspergers-boy-too-intelligent-to-get-help-suicide-attempts
A mother (“BC”) who had been banned from the school premises, instructed us to liaise with the school in order to have the ban lifted. Having considered the school’s policies, DfE guidance on the matter, and relevant legislation, we were able to write to the school and they allowed the mother back on school premises.
When pupil (“EH”) was accused of cheating in her GCSEs, her parents instructed us to advise them on how to appeal the decision. After looking at the exam board’s policies, considering the appropriate response, and then advising the family, they completed the paperwork themselves and succeeded in appealing the decision.
Assisting a family whose child (“CS”) has recently started struggling at school by applying for an EHC Needs Assessment under the Children and Families Act 2014. This application was accepted and CS has been issued with an EHCP.
Pupil (“MB”) had been out of school for years because the Local Authority had failed to name an appropriate school. An appeal was lodged, with relevant supporting evidence, and the Local Authority soon conceded the parental preference school and the EHCP was amended to ensure that MB’s needs are fully understood and met moving forward.
Presentations given / events attended
I often provide advice clinics and attend coffee mornings for various children’s charities in order to support families with their SEN journey.
I am also often asked to provide training for parents and professionals on the SEN Tribunal process and have spoken for the following groups:
- Brain Injury Group
- Dame Vera Lynn Trust Children’s Centre
- Children’s Brain Injury Trust
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