Legal advice for parents of children with a disability or long-term illness

We provide free legal advice about education to parents of children living with Special Educational Needs or a Disability.

We can advise in relation to all areas of Special Educational Needs, including;

  • Support at school to meet a child’s Special Educational Needs
  • Obtaining an Education, Health and Care (EHC) assessment
  • The content of an EHC Plan and choosing a school
  • Appeals to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDIST) in relation to all aspects of an EHC Plan, including choice of school

You will receive any urgent advice on the day of the appointment, in some cases you will receive a detailed letter of advice.

We target our advice at those unable to pay for it and those not entitled to legal aid.

You may want to look at the following websites, which can provide very useful information:

If you are appealing to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal you may be entitled to free legal advice depending on your financial circumstances. You can check your entitlement via the website. 

Our lawyers are regulated by the Solicitors Regulatory Authority or the Bar Standards Board and the Law Clinic has professional indemnity insurance.

We have 4 available clinic options, these are the following: 

Advice and letter of advice

This is limited to 12 appointments a semester and you will recieve any urgent advice on the day. You will also receive a detailed letter of advice. 


Oral advice


SEN appeals service


Pre- action assistance


Advice is provided by in-house solicitors, assisted by law students from the University of Liverpool Law Clinic. Our students have been trained in confidentiality and have signed our confidentiality agreement before taking part in this project.

By partaking in our advice service our students experience a real-life advisory role client-practitioner relationship ideal preparation for their future careers.

All advice will be given by our in-house solicitor. The scope of our services means that students are unable to provide legal advice on the day of the appointment.

We also provide public legal education.  If you are an organisation that might benefit from engagement with our service, please get in touch.

The limits in our service

SEN Advice Service Client Care Leaflet

We are now full and do not have any appointments available until September 2023

If you have a SEND related matter and are on low-income you may be eligible for support through legal aid and should contact Civil Legal Advice about this Civil Legal Advice (CLA) - GOV.UK ( If you are not eligible and in need of advice you may wish to contact other organisations as below:

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