Education Law Solicitors

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HCB Solicitors


Please see a selection of testimonials for our Education solicitors below.

“We have an eleven year old son and we have recently won our case at tribunal thanks to Ed Duff. Our son started his new school a week ago and he thought it was a dream, he was so excited! We cannot recommend Ed enough. When we met him, Ed was very sympathetic to our case and wanted what was right for our son in the same way we did. He was very thorough in his preparation of our case, ensuring he had read and understood all of the papers. Ed was very reassuring of our decision to come to tribunal which was very scary, although obviously there are no guarantees of the outcome. He knows the system inside out and you can have complete confidence in him representing you. He picked up on all of the key points during our tribunal, asking the right questions and clearly stating our case. His closing speech was an absolute masterpiece, just like you see on television in a drama or film. As with all parents of children fighting to ensure they have the education they are entitled to and deserve, it is a very long and emotionally draining journey. Ed Duff is someone you can trust to give you the best chance of achieving your dream!”

“We are very pleased with the service we received from HCB, we used them recently and they were fantastic. All our queries were answered promptly and we were kept updated as to the progress. I would highly recommend HCB Solicitors.”

“Absolutely cannot fault the speedy service received by the team at HCB in Cardiff. We had to change Solicitors half way through a case and the workload was taken on without hesitation and completed in a timely and efficient manner. Would be happy to recommend to anyone.”

“My solicitor Ed Duff was totally dedicated to my case. He was efficient, knowledgeable, reassuring and approachable. I would recommend him very highly indeed!”

“Expertise second to none. Excellent service. Very happy with our result.”

“Laura Carr has been my rock whilst I was so low and did not physically or mentally have the energy to fight anymore. I was not only kept up to date with everything that was happening or about to happen, she also knew her job inside and out and was professional and efficient throughout. My son is now at the school that can 100% meet his needs and I would recommend to anyone having difficulties with their SEN Child to contact HCB.”

“HCB Solicitors supported us in successfully gaining an Educational Health Care Plan (EHCP) with funding placement, for our Son at a wonderful School that will directly address his needs. Andrew Barrowclough, Laura Carr, and the rest of the team were a pleasure to deal with and gave confidence and assurance through due process to give a rock solid case that held water under scrutiny. Our son started at his new school this term and we know we have made the correct choice.  Should we need support in future we will be back in contact with Andrew for further guidance and invaluable support. It has given us the chance to give our Son the best possible education and support he needs which is invaluable.”

“Quick and efficient. Easy to liaise with and highly recommended.”

“Andrew Barrowclough recently represented us at my sons EHCP tribunal. Although HCB Solicitors are not local to us, Andrew or a member of his team did keep us well informed via telephone and email before the tribunal date. Andrew’s extensive understanding of education law was very apparent and his summing up at the tribunal was really quite impressive. The tribunal decided in our favour, our son now has an EHCP that best meets his needs he is also due to start an independent school very soon. If you are having difficulty with the EHCP process and think you need a solicitor, I can recommend Andrew and his team at HCB solicitors.”

“HCB solicitors help you when needed. Thank you.”

“Very good advice & support through out what has been a long and tiresome road to resolve my problem.”

“Great solicitors. Highly recommended.”

“Both professional and understanding, making a difficult situation more bearable. Thank you!”

“I couldn’t be happier with the level of service, I honestly can’t describe highly enough the level of service I received.  To be honest I am somebody who likes to get things done and I don’t tolerate solicitors who forget that you are paying them to act on your behalf, this was never an issue with HCB – it was like having a solicitor working exclusively for me.”

“HCB are brilliant, would definitely recommend.”

“Provided great service throughout. Happy to give advice when needed and chased everything we needed them too. Always somebody available to help. Were very thorough and achieved the deadline we asked of them.”

“Professional and efficient. Thank you all for achieving the desired outcome for me.”

“After an agonising 2 week wait, today we found out L’s appeal was successful and he’s been given a 52 week residential placement. To say Thank you doesn’t seem enough as it’s no exaggeration to say you’ve helped L tremendously which will have a positive impact on him for the rest of his life. We will never forget that. Thanks again.”

“Dear Andrew, Nathan, Ed, please can I thank you all so much for your assistance on the journey to get our son to the school he needs. Everyone has treated us with support and understanding which has made the journey that little bit easier. I would also like to thank Emily and Laura as they have had to settle my nerves on a number of occasions.  I cannot recommend HCB Solicitors Education Law team more highly for their professionalism, drive and compassion. Once again, thank you so much. Reading through this post-Tribunal version of T’s plan brings much relief and immense hope compared to the abject horror we experienced after receiving the original from the LA. We feel very fortunate to have hired your services and to have received your expert guidance towards this victory. We are delighted with the outcome, the excellent support from the HBC team and the fees charged, which as Ed has indicated are considerably lower than estimated (when does that ever normally happen in the legal world!).”

“Despite this being a very stressful and daunting time we were supported brilliantly throughout. Mr Nathan Davies was professional, reliable and fundamentally determined to get the right result for Max. He worked tirelessly to achieve this goal as well as supporting and advising us through this time. It is difficult to articulate how grateful we are to Nathan Davies for all his hard work and dedication; we will sing his praises for a long time to come! We have no doubt that without him Max would be facing an uncertain future but now Max has the opportunity to reach his full potential and be happy- what more can any parent ask for?”

“Our LEA had refused to assess our daughter for an EHC Plan, twice and the thought of our daughter starting school without support or therapy for her neurological speech disorder was heart breaking. Luckily we contacted Nathan Davies and from our first conversation we felt reassured that he would be able to secure an EHC Plan for our daughter. His extensive knowledge of the legal entitlements for children with special educational needs together with his ability to present cases, ensured our daughter now has ample support and therapy when she starts primary school this year.”

“Dear Nathan, we are writing to express our sincere gratitude for the expert help you provided to secure a place at the specialist school for our son Joseph. It was crucial for Joseph to get this placement to secure his wellbeing and future educational needs.
Your patience, understanding and expert knowledge were evident from the start. During our first conversation you demonstrated understanding of our son’s complex condition. Your letter to the local authority depicted their confused position and helped to get clarity on the matter. We are delighted that the matter was resolved without having to go to tribunal. We believe your involvement was instrumental in making this happen. Your help was invaluable during an emotional and exhausting journey and we cannot express enough how important it was to secure the right help for Joseph’s future.”

“We would like to say a huge thank you to Andrew Barrowclough from the bottom of our hearts for all your help & dedication in getting our son a place at the only school that can meet his very complex needs. You have made what it is a very stressful process all the more bearable with your calm & confident manner, you reassured us when we thought there was no hope & managed to secure a placement for our son without having to go to tribunal, we couldn’t have done it without you! Wishing you every success for the future!”

“We were recommended using Andrew Barrowclough as our solicitor by some friends that have been in a similar situation to ours & with Andrew’s help & expertise managed to secure placements at the preferred schools for their children.  In our case, the local authority were refusing our son a placement at a specialist school for children with autism, they were trying to send him to a school over 70 minutes away & we needed to prove that this school could not meet our son’s very complex needs, he has autism, dyspraxia, Sensory processing disorder & extreme anxiety. We also needed our son’s EHCP changing quite considerably. At the start of this process we were feeling very anxious about having to go through the process of tribunal to get our son a placement in a specialist independent provision for children with autism, however after speaking with Andrew he made us feel at ease & talked through everything in a clear & confident manner, right from the start we felt confident that Andrew would get our son the placement he needed. Andrew has an amazing understanding of autism & special educational needs & it is clear he is passionate about getting the right outcome. Every time we had a question or a wobble we were able to speak to Andrew directly or his secretary Emily, emails were always responded to quickly, every part of the process was explained thoroughly & clearly, which helped with reducing our stress levels! We were so relieved that we managed to get the local authority to agree to the placement for our son & to all the changes to our sons EHCP before stepping foot in the tribunal & this was all thanks to Andrew & his team at HCB solicitors. We would highly recommend HCB Solicitors & particularly Andrew Barrowclough for help with education Law, we have already passed on your details to some parents who possibly face a similar situation to ours in the future. We cannot thank you all enough.”

“I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to Andrew Barrowclough from Charlotte for all your efforts. She is now at St.Davids and is growing in confidence by the day and is working hard on her reading and writing now she has the tools and the teachers to learn. I believe now she has a real chance to fulfil her potential and without HCB I believe this may not have happened.”

“We are extremely satisfied by the level of service, Andrew Barrowclough and his team have provided.
Andrew is very knowledgeable, experienced and helpful with the educational process. Our son is very happy at his new school, we thank you for all your help in achieving this.”

“Nathan Davies has a genuine desire to help children who have been let down by the education system. He acted on our behalf when we appealed against the LEA’s decision not to grant our son a statement. Nathan dealt with all the paperwork and represented us at the SEND tribunal. He was extremely professional and efficient. His knowledge of education law and of SEN procedures was second to none, and his advice invaluable, so as consequence, our appeal was successful. This would not have been possible without Nathan’s help and so I would recommend him to all other parents who are in the same, or a similar situation to ours.”

“Nathan is a true professional and passionate about enabling children to access the curriculum regardless of their needs. I can’t thank him enough for giving our daughter the same chances as her peers, to reach her full potential.”