Robert Love has many years of practice in the Special Educational Needs (SEN) sector.
He has successfully run a number of high profile cases such as R v Secretary of State for Education ex p. E  – L v Clarke and Somerset County Council . This case ensured that a statement of special educational needs (SEN) should specify the precise amount of help in terms of hours per week that a child should receive. This was a major step forward in ensuring that children with special educational needs (SEN) received the right help.
Robert’s eldest son has significant learning difficulties and special educational needs (SEN). He became involved in this area of law when he was seeking support for his son from the Local Authority. For a number of years Robert has represented many parents who have faced similar difficulties finding the support their children need and the specialist placements the children require.
Robert is also be able to advise on post 16/19 placements via an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) which can remain in place until the age of 25. He can also advise on adult placements where the young person continues to need a high level of support and care.
The Education Department works closely with Janine Guthrie in our Private Client Department. Janine assists with applications by family members or others to be appointed as a deputy and also advises deputies with specific legal issues, court applications or general financial management. Her work involves obtaining deputyship orders for young people who have special needs and lack capacity to make decisions for themselves.
Robert adopts a sympathetic but practical approach to the needs and support of children with special educational needs (SEN).