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Specialist legal support for special schools and colleges

The needs of each special education student are unique, and according to the latest statistics, England has over 1.5 million Special Educational Need (SEN) students. Special Schools and Colleges are themselves unique in the support they provide but are united in their commitment to enabling their children and young people to thrive in their settings and beyond.

Special schools, colleges or post 16 institutions (SPIs) provide services in a complex context of increasing regulation and expectation, changing government policies, and pressure on funding.

Our experienced team of legal advisors truly understand the unique support required for special schools and colleges.

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Practical legal advice for special schools, colleges and their senior leaders

We act for independent charities, privately-owned schools, maintained schools, academies, and multi-academy trusts, non-maintained special schools, residential special schools, special post-16 institutions, further education colleges, and hospital schools, including those organisations which also operate Children's Homes and Care Homes.

We are trusted legal advisers and friends to a great many executive Principals, CEOs, Heads, School Business Managers, and Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinators (SENDCOs) who rely on our proactive legal advice and 24/7 support. Every client relationship is managed by a partner who commits to understanding your organisation's unique ethos. Each partner is supported by a large team of expert education lawyers who all understand your perspective and have a genuine passion. We have worked with some of the key players and intermediaries in the sector, including NASS and Natspec.

We provide pragmatic strategic, governance, and legal advice and support to senior leaders so that their schools and colleges can deliver the best care, support, and education for their pupils and young people.

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Fixed-price and affordable legal solutions

We have over 20 years of experience acting for the full range of education institutions nationally. This has enabled us to identify common legal issues and difficulties, meaning that we will never have to reinvent the wheel for you.

Our tailored fixed-price products and services, including our HR & Legal Services Retainer, provide you with cost effective and affordable legal solutions. Our team will ensure that you're always one step ahead of regulatory compliance; they will enable you to manage risks and capitalise on opportunities effectively.

Automate and simplify key compliance tasks

Under VWV Plus we offer a range of cost-effective solutions to help you resolve and manage your legal needs, manage compliance and implement best practice.

All of our offerings combine software with our legal knowledge and are designed to save you both time and resources. Many of our VWV Plus products have been created to streamline processes in the main risk areas such as:

  • eLearning to offer staff training in key compliance areas and easily manage completion online together with the functionality to easily create your own in-house learning
  • Policy Tracker to enable you to share a limitless number of key documents or policies with staff, track online that they have been read and automate reminders
  • Review - An online HR review system for your school that facilitates effective and timely staff appraisals

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Why choose us?

Our Education teams are ranked in the top tier of Chambers & Partners UK-wide category and Legal 500.

Increasingly, there is an overlap between schools, further education colleges, higher education, academies and independent schools. Our understanding of the education sector as a whole allows us to advise you on all of the opportunities and challenges you will face in this increasingly complex and changing sector, and to assist you in finding practical and innovative legal solutions.

For legal advice from experienced SEN solicitors, please contact Kenji Batchelor on 07483 251 898 or Natalie Wargent on 0117 314 5433 or make an enquiry below.

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Kenji Batchelor - Charity Law Solicitor in Bristol - VWV Law Firm
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Chloe Brunton - Partner & Education Lawyer in Bristol - VWV Solicitors

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