Robert Love

Robert Love qualified as a Solicitor in 1975 after studying Law at the College of Law in Guildford and completing the Law Society Finals. Robert joined Tayntons in 2012.

With over 33 years of experience, Robert is a highly knowledgeable Special Educational Needs (SEN) Solicitor. Robert became interested in this area of Law when he was seeking support from the Local Authority for his eldest son, who has significant learning difficulties and special educational needs.  has many years of practice in the Special Educational Needs (SEN) sector.

For many years, Robert has represented hundreds of parents who have faced similar difficulties finding the support their children need and the specialist placements the children require. Robert adopts a sympathetic but practical approach to the needs and support of children with special educational needs.

Robert advises parents on their child’s Education, Health, and Care Plan (EHCP) and ensuring that they receive the right help. He has had a significant level of success in SENDIST appeals and has successfully secured the right provision for hundreds of young people. He also advises on Post 16/19 placements via an EHCP, which can remain in place until the age of 25. Furthermore, Robert advises 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 assisting with deputyship applications. They can also advise in respect of a person’s entitlement to Disability Living Allowances, now replaced by Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

Having successfully run a number of high profile cases such as R v Secretary of State for Education ex p. E [1992] – L v Clarke and Somerset County Council [1998].  Robert 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.

    • Special Educational Needs (SEN) service makes a difference
    • We wanted to thank you as a family and to thank Robert for your help in getting our daughter into the right school.

      Sometimes as you get older we look back on life and the people who helped and made a difference. We will certainly be doing this and your name will always come to mind.

      Once again, thank you so much. We shall tell everyone we meet who is going through what we have been through about you and how amazing you are.

      Our daughter has asked me to write a few lines for her:

      Thank you for helping my mum sort all this out for me. My mum said that if it wasn’t for you we wouldn’t be able to do what we have done. I am truly grateful.

    • Knowledge, work ethic & expertise are exceptional
    • Its a pleasure to supply a testimonial to Tayntons, especially for Robert Love who has been our Educational Lawyer on more than one occasion over the years.

      Without Robert we were literally without hope.

      Robert’s knowledge, work ethic, expertise and commitment are exceptional and we were always kept informed and up to date every step of the way.

      We had very tight deadlines at times and had to collate many reports within these timeframes, Robert was responsible for pulling this all together on more than one occasion in a calm and collective manner.

      Robert always offered support, advise and integrity to some situations that appeared quite dismal at times.

      I would absolutely recommend Tayntons and will no doubt be using them again in the near future for our next battle with the education system. – Mrs C

       

    • Delighted with service from Robert Love
    • We were delighted with the service provided by Robert Love and his team in helping us obtain funding from our Local Authority for a residential placement for our son. Robert has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this area and always offers practical, realistic advice. We were particularly impressed with the work done for us by the barrister Deborah Hay whom Roberts instructs on a regular basis and who is an invaluable asset to his team of advisers – Ms V

    • Considerable help and expertise
    • We have engaged Robert Love to represent us on two separate cases, both with successful and entirely satisfactory outcomes.

      The first occasion was when we were struggling, unsuccessfully, on our own, to obtain an out of county placement for our son William at St Marys School in Bexhill. Our local authority refused to consider any alternatives to their own provision, even though we could see that it was not adequate to meet William’s complex needs.

      Educational law is confusing and bewildering to the average parent, and we were faced with the daunting prospect of taking on our local authority to challenge their recommended ‘in county’ placement. We felt completely overwhelmed, and decided to appoint Robert Love, who had been recommended to us as a solicitor that specialised in educational law and complex cases such as ours. We felt relieved that we now had expert help through the educational minefield, and this relieved at least some of the anxiety.

      How Robert helped us succeed

      Mr. Love was able along with his team of experienced professional experts, to manage our case, through to a successful tribunal. After which William was able to attend St. Marys as a residential student until he was 19, with free door to door transport provided from home to school every weekend. Being able to provide evidence of William’s needs was crucial to winning the case, and due to the diligence and insightfulness of Mr. Love and his team, some of whom were essential witnesses at the tribunal, William was issued with a detailed statement that completely addressed his complex needs, with no abiguity; and the L.A. was then obliged to provide funding to meet those needs.

      St. Marys provides placement to the age of 19, and it became apparent that William needed further education, therapy and life skills training for his future, in order for him to be as independent in his adult life as possible. After much research and after visiting various provisions, we decided that the best place for William would be the National Star college in Cheltenham.

      Again, the L.A. resisted our choice, and expressed their preference to send him to a local placement. Their choice of placement would have been wholly inadequate to meet his complex needs, and worryingly we could see that the L.A. were going to be difficult to deal with again.

      We needed Robert’s help again!

      As we had been so pleased with the way our case had been dealt with on the previous occasion, we decided quite rapidly that we would again engage the services of Robert Love and his team to negotiate on our behalf. With his help we were able to come to an agreement with the L.A. without the need for a tribunal, and William is now a residential student at National Star, with a guaranteed placement for the full three year term.

      Mr. Love has always been extremely helpful, insightful, approachable, and easily contactable by phone. We have always felt that he does his utmost to achieve the best results for us and our son William, who is very happy at his college, and is receiving the proper levels of support that he requires. It is extremely doubtful, in fact I would say it would have been impossible, for us to have achieved either of William’s placements without the considerable help and expertise of Mr. Love, and we would recommended him without hesitation to any parent in a similar, stressful situation.

      Mr and Mrs T

    • Professional and efficient
    • The service I received was not just professional and efficient but was also dealt with compassion and understanding. – Mrs B

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