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Lydia joins the Education team as a solicitor. Her experience of special educational needs and disability (SEND) law includes all stages of the Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) process, from requesting an EHC Needs Assessment, advising on Local Authority refusals to assess or issue/amend an EHCP, amending draft EHCPs, appealing final EHCPs, and preparing for and attending annual reviews and meetings with schools and Local Authorities. Lydia also represents parents and young people at SENDIST.

Lydia has a particular interest in autism, speech and language difficulties, motor skills difficulties and sensory needs. In order to achieve successful outcomes when representing and advising parents/carers of children and young people with SEND, Lydia forms close links with educational settings, including mainstream, specialist and residential. She also builds effective working relationships with professionals such as Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Physiotherapists.  Lydia regularly attends conferences on SEND law, and SENDIST User Groups, to update her continuous professional development.

Lydia has given presentations to parents and carers on SEND law, covering topics including `What is in involved in an EHC Needs Assessment’ and `How to check that the contents of an EHCP are worded lawfully’.

Lydia is a member of both the Law Society and the Education Law Association.


  • SEN
  • EHCP provision and support
  • Sensory processing needs

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Lydia is efficient but doesn't just treat it as a legal exercise; she understands the emotional impact the process can have on the client and will work with them in an appropriate way.

Chambers 2023

"Lydia Dunford is well regarded for her work in the education sector where she is adept at appearing before the SEND Tribunal on a range of matters including the provision of Education, Health and Care plans. She instils great confidence and is very reassuring and efficient." "Lydia was completely professional and always kept me in the loop and gave me great options. She knew what needed to be done and really explained the legal process."

Chambers 2022