Education Advocacy provides families with experienced legal advice to obtain a lawful EHCP for your child in a cost-efficient manner. We do this by:
1. Initial Case Review – £450 inc VAT
We start by an Initial Case Review, for a fixed fee of £450 inc VAT. We asked for a complete copy of all the documentation that you hold on your child. We are happy to accept that information by email or via the post/courier. We will scan and email you a copy of the documentation you have supplied to us. That bundle will be page numbered and our written advice will refer to these page numbers. We will then review the documentation and produce a written advice which will cover the following points:
- Comments on the documentation
- Strengths and weaknesses of your case
- What you need to do to hopefully win your case
- What type of experts you may need to instruct
- Chances of success
- Key dates
- Likely costs ‘estimate‘
- Next steps/actions
The Initial Case Review scopes of the issues in the case. It is a standalone piece of work which offers no obligation on either side.
Along with the Initial Case Review letter we also enclose copies of our Form of Authority and a copy of our Terms & Conditions.
Following the completion of our Initial Case Review you can either instruct us, to run your child’s case, or walk away with no obligation.
Experience has shown that the more information we have, on a child/young person, the more accurate the advice will be. It does not matter how much paper you send us.
We normally produce the review within 10-15 working days on receipt of funds (£450 inc VAT fixed fee) clearing the account. However, the turnaround time is dependent on the caseload that we are carrying. If there is an urgent issue, or submission has to be made urgently, then we can deal with this under separate arrangement – please tell us about this when you contact us.
The Initial Case Review is key to our relationship with you, the client. We are setting out clear expectations on both sides and a plan as to how we will address the issues in your case.
The Distance Selling Regulations give you a right to cancel within 14 days of receipt of your payment to us, which we take as you instructing us to carry out an Initial Case Review on your child. Because our service to you will begin immediately (when we receive your payment and papers) you acknowledge that your right to cancel is lost.
Once you have received the Initial Case Review you need to decide whether you wish to formally instruct us.
If you do instruct us, we will require a further £500 on account of final costs. This means that if the final bill at the end of the case is £1,000 you will only pay £500, or if the final bill is £100 then we will refund you £400.
We charge £120 ph plus VAT for work carried out from our offices and £150 ph plus VAT for attendance at meetings/Hearings which is charged from when we leave our office. You will be billed monthly in arrears. Payment is due within 14 days from date of invoice. If payment is not made, then work ceases on the file. This is explained in greater detail in the Terms & Conditions which takes precedent over this brief explanation.
We will then start work on the case. We will conduct all of the correspondence with the LA and experts, produce/prepare/serve submissions to the Tribunal, review independent expert reports, make suggestions as to placement and deal with the day to day correspondence that may be necessary in the case. We will work alongside you to get your input though out the case. We are mindful that our work will cease one day, however, you have to live with the results of our work.
It may be necessary to attend meetings with the school or LA during the case. If it is deemed necessary for us to attend then we can either attend in person, which will be charged at the £150 ph plus VAT plus travel costs or we can do them via a conference call from our office at £120 ph plus VAT.
Normally a hearing is 1 day in court with 1 day in preparation plus travel and accommodation. If the hearing is at the Royal Courts of Justice the charge (for a 1 day hearing) will be £3,000 plus travel/accommodation/expenses and VAT. Hearing fees are based on 10 hour days.
Any other location will be charged at the cost to get there.
To find out more please call 0330 333 4130 or register for your free* 30 minute consultation.