As specialists we can advise parents who have children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and we can assist with admission and exclusion appeals.

We also handle a large number of further and higher education cases, including representations to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA).

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Our practice has experts to deal with a number of aspects of community care including obtaining care assessments and Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans.

We regularly appear in the Court of Protection dealing with the welfare and property of adults lacking capacity under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

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We have a wealth of knowledge and experience, specifically in relation to Fitness to Practise proceedings and refusals of professional licences.

We also pursue Judicial Reviews and Appeals by way of Case Stated for clients.

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We can assist in all areas of Discrimination Law.

We often act on behalf of students in claims against Higher Education Institutions but if you have been treated unfairly because of your race, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion or disability we can help.

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We have experience in a variety of pubic law issues including judicial review, public inquiries and Freedom of Information Law.

We assist those who have been treated unlawfully as a result of maladministration, unreasonable decision making or procedural errors.

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We have a knowledgeable team at hand to assist with Data Protection and Freedom of Information requests.

We can assist with complaints to the Information Commissioner’s Office and appeals to the Information Rights Tribunal.

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About Us

Established in 1985, John Ford Solicitors has responded and adapted over the years to the demand for specialist advice and representation.

Whilst Education Law remains central to the work we conduct, we are increasingly involved in a variety of areas of law that are important to us and our clients. Assisting people with challenging public bodies, pursuing appeals and discrimination cases, we have expert solicitors at hand to provide honest and practical advice.

As a small “outstanding” team, we are committed to ensuring the rights and interests of the most vulnerable are met and we pride ourselves on the depth and quality of service we deliver.

Focused on tailored client care, we will work tirelessly to obtain the best possible results for you.

John Ford Solicitors is ranked as a leading firm in Chambers & Partners UK Guide to the Legal Profession.

John Ford Solicitors’ ‘very good’ team increasingly advises on the interface between education and community care law, and handled several instructions relating to EHC plans. The group was instructed to challenge a care plan provided for a child with autism, ADHD, ODD and an attachment disorder, which resulted in securing the child a place at a specialist independent school.Legal 500, 2015Read what others say about us.


Our Book: Education Law and Practice
In October 2016 the fourth edition of our book “Education Law and Practice” was published by Jordans. The authors are John Ford, Mary Hughes, Karen May, Marian Shaughnessy and Helen Gill.

The book is a practical and user-friendly guide to the complex area of education law and covers a wide variety of education law topics including special educational needs, higher education, discrimination, exclusions and admissions.

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An appreciation by Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers and Phillip Taylor MBE of “The Barrister“. View as PDF

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Davey appeal dismissed

The Court of Appeal has dismissed Luke Davey’s appeal. Lord Justice Bean concluded

I have great respect for the manner in which the Claimant, his family and his team of carers cope with his difficult situation. But that is not the same thing as holding that the Council’s actions have been unlawful.


We are ranked in education and public law, Legal 500

We are delighted to be included in the rankings in this year’s Legal 500 in education law (individuals) and also, for the first time, in administrative and public law:

John Ford Solicitors': ‘confident, convincing and passionate’ team stands out for its ‘attention to detail’, has a ‘deep understanding of the intricacies of the regulatory framework’ and ‘focuses on the goal to win’.” [Education: Individuals, tier 2]

John Ford Solicitors: is ‘dedicated to doing the best they can’ for private and legal aid clients.” [Administrative and public law, tier 6]

Local Authority’s assessment unlawful

Local government analysis: Helen Gill acted in this case on behalf of JF, instructing Alexander Line, a barrister practising from Outer Temple Chambers, who here examines the implications of R acting through his mother and litigation friend KF) v London Borough of Merton, and says the case serves as a successful example of a challenge to a care assessment using section 1 of the Care Act 2014 (CA 2014) as a litigation tool.

FULL INTERVIEW (case-jf-v-merton.pdf)