|Approach to costs
Solicitors at Humphreys & Co. always aim to approach
legal work in a financially-disciplined way. We offer
competitive rates. Our charging approach is both transparent
and geared to the options open to our clients. Our
solicitors generally charge by reference to time spent but
we can often agree fixed fees for specific work or in some
cases risk-adjusted funding structures.
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|Legal issues in UK education: solicitors advising and representing clients on UK education issues|
Our lawyers advise and represent parents in disputes with independent and/or state schools, local education authorities and educational charities. Our advice and representation covers the full range of education issues, such as:
- school admissions & exclusions
- charity law
- special educational needs
- accidents & injuries
- school bullying, harassment & discrimination
- child protection & human rights issues within education
- disputing LEA policy decisions.
|Fixed charge package with options and recommendations|
School admissions & exclusions
We can advise and represent parents on admissions appeals and if necessary on Judicial Review of appeal panel decisions, if it seems that the decision was taken without due regard for the law or proper procedures.
The law in relation to school exclusions by a headmaster incorporates an obligation to consider statutory guidance and we advise and represent parents in appeals, both before the school governing body, and in any subsequent appeal against the decision of that governing body before an Independent Appeal Panel.
Procedures and guidance on admissions and exclusions change fairly frequently and schools and LEAs sometimes fail to comply with the latest requirements.
We can advise clients on the strengths of their case for an appeal and help them to prepare written statements. We offer representation at the panel hearing if needed.
Special Educational Needs (SEN)
Our solicitors advise in all relevant areas of education law concerning Special Educational Needs (SEN) & Disability Discrimination (DDA).
The SEN Code of Practice gives practical guidance on the discharge of functions under Part IV of the Education Act 1996. See further information on the SEN code of practice
Information on how to appeal a SEN decision is here.
Accidents & injuries
We deal with accident compensation claims relating to accidents and injuries at schools, where that accident was someone else's fault. Situations may include: slipping or tripping within the school grounds, serious food poisoning, sports accidents and injuries arising from defective school equipment.
|Bullying, harassment & discrimination|
We offer advice, drafting and representation in claims relating to allegations of bullying, harassment or discrimination at school or at the admissions stage.
Go here for more information on dealing with bullying.
|Fixed charge package with options and recommendations |
We take instructions from UK & international clients. Our independent lawyers are available by email, telephone & fax. With central Bristol offices we are just 90 minutes from London by road or rail and 15 minutes from Bristol International Airport. We can travel to meetings if required.
We are an independent professional law firm here, not a legal factory turning out mass-produced products. In our experience, determined case-handling is more likely to produce effective results.
Solicitors at Humphreys & Co. look to input not only
careful legal work and precision but also the determination
to keep matters moving. They aim to work in clients' real
interests with energy and pragmatism.
Solicitors at Humphreys & Co. always try to open up the
legal process by giving advice and explaining options to
clients in a concise and straightforward way, identifying
clear courses of action whatever the technical or legal
complexities of the subject.