Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND), Mental Capacity and Family Law: What you Need to Know

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Family cases involving children and young people with SEND often feature added complexity, beyond the remit of family courts. Mencap and Public Health England identified 353,000 children as having a learning disability (2016) and with divorce rates sharply rising since 2020, the need to understand the overlap between SEND, family and mental capacity law is essential.

On 29 June 2023, 3PB family and education law barrister, Aimee Fox, teamed up with Paul Linsell, Partner and Head of Boyes Turner’s family law team, along with James Pantling-Skeet and Rachael Allison, Senior Associates in our top-ranked SEN, Community Care and Court of Protection team to explore this important topic.

The presenters sought to address how family and these other areas of law can overlap through case studies to help family lawyers secure the best outcomes for clients with children who had additional needs and those lacking mental capacity.

For more information, please click the link below to access the recording of this excellent webinar, along with the slides, focused on key factors including:

  • Financial matters: statutory entitlements and funding.
  • Addressing competing interests while retaining the focus on the welfare of the SEN child or young person.

Links to webinar can be found by clicking here. The session slides and further resources are available by clicking here.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss a case involving these issues, please get in touch by emailing senexpertsolicitors@boyesturner.com or call 0118 467 6547.

I am so happy at the outcome, I don't think we would have had such a comprehensive service from any other law firm, and you took the worry away...I do not regret a single second of the whole process, apart from the bit before you got involved. 

James' mother, Boyes Turner client

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