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Liverpool Law Clinic - University of Liverpool

FOR PARENTS AND CARERS OF A CHILD WITH A DISABILITY OR ILLNESS

Parents and carers of children with disabilities or illnesses can have difficulty accessing legal advice and often have a particular range of legal needs.

We can offer a one off appointment with our in house solicitor, supported by our students, followed by a letter of advice on a range of issues impacting on your child's quality of life.

UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL LAW CLINIC UPDATE

 

We are now preparing for the new semester and the challenges that this is likely to bring.

 

The Clinic is known for its immigration work but we also have two other important areas that we wanted to update you about.

 

 

Free Family Advice Law Clinic

 

We have 2 solicitors specialising in family work.

 

We are able to offer appointments to advise on child arrangement orders ( contact and where children should live issues), special guardianship orders, social services issues and other family related problems.

 

We are not able to advice on financial matters.

 

We are also looking to hold regular information events to explain court procedures and how decisions are made via online presentations

 

Support with online / remote court hearings in relation to child arrangement / SGO hearings is available

 

Appointments will take place online but depending on Covid restrictions may be offered at our clinic

 

 

Free Special educational needs clinic

 

Our specialist education solicitor works with students to assist parents and carers of disabled children to gain the support they need at school or college.  This might be making them aware of the duties schools have to support children with additional needs or, most likely, assisting parents in their application for support through an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).  We help parents understand the EHC process. This includes advising parents about the right to request a particular school for their child and obtaining the therapeutic services their child may need.

 

We can help at any stage of the process up to and including an appeal to the SEN Tribunal.  We provide advice and assistance in relation to grounds of appeal to the SEN Tribunal, and may be able to help parents prepare appeals to the Tribunal - providing advice and assistance about evidence gathering, potential lines of argument and procedural matters.  We also hope to be able to offer parents who are otherwise unsupported assistance from students at an appeal. Though students will not represent parents, they will be able to support parents on the day of the hearing. 

 

 

How the clinic works?

 

Our staff are legally qualified solicitors. We are assisted by undergraduate and postgraduate law students. Students are trained and supervised throughout their placements and advice is given only by our solicitors.

 

 

Our clinic is completely free.

 

We are unable to formally represent clients but are able to advice and support through proceedings where agreed. We will explain to clients about legal aid eligibility and other funding options.

 

Due to current restrictions we are able to offer online appointments.

 

 

How to refer

 

Please phone or email the clinic to make an appointment. Due to demand urgent appointments are rarely available and you should be prepared to wait up to 3 weeks for an appointment and sometimes longer out of term time.

 

 

Contact details

 

If you would like cards with our contact details to provide to clients please contact Elaine at the clinic clinic@liverpool.ac.uk or on 07774779132 and she will arrange for these to be available.

Who to contact

Telephone
E-mail
clinic@liverpool.ac.uk
Website
www.liverpool.ac.uk/.../liverpool-law-clinic
Notes

Our services include advice about...

Support from the Local Authority, including assessments, short breaks, holiday play schemes, care at home, aids and adaptions, financial help with travel costs, direct payments

Welfare Benefits general advice about entitlement to benefits related to a child's disability, including disability living allowance, carers allowance and blue badges.

Special Educational Needs Provision

Please note we are unable to provide advice in relation to care and treatment received at the hospital.

Our lawyers are regulated by the Bar Standards Board and the Solicitors Regulation authority  

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
Young Adults (16 to 25)
Primary (5 to 11)
Secondary (11 to 16)
Early Years (0 to 5)
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