past events

SEN Conference
Start: 9:15 am
End: 14/03/2019
1:00 pm
Cost: Free

Location: Boyes Turner, Abbots House, Abbey Street, Reading, RG1 3BD

Please note that this event has now finished.


This will be a comprehensive update on all recent developments in SEN law from leading legal professionals including where we are now, where we are heading and what we have learnt.

A must for professionals working in special educational needs and disabilities to ensure they are aware of all new developments - case law, DfE guidance and anticipated changes.


  • SEND Tribunal and the national trial

Judge Jane McConnell, lead judge for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) at the First-tier Tribunal and former Chief Executive of the charity IPSEA. Judge McConnell was active in the development of the Children and Families Act and supporting legislation. Judge McConnell will discuss the national trial allowing the Tribunal to make recommendations in respect of health and social care disagreements alongside education appeals. 

  • Key SEND cases

Laxmi Patel, head of Boyes Turner's SEN team, will go through the most significant cases that have helped to develop the SEN arena since the Children and Families Act came into force in 2014.

  • Education, Health and Social Care and post-19 provision

Barrister Stephen Broach will discuss the different approaches to eligibility taken by education, health and social care and the different approaches for young people both with and without EHC plans. He will focus on how the transition duties should operate as young people move from children’s to adult services.

  • Community Care and SEN

Jemma Garside, Community Care solicitor, will discuss social services assessments and how these can be of benefit to children and young adults with special educational needs. She will explore the procedures that should be followed and the challenges that parents and young people may face. 

For more information, please contact Laxmi Patel


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