Considerable help and expertise - April 13, 2017

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

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