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Laxmi Patel

Laxmi Patel

Partner

Laxmi Patel leads Boyes Turner’s leading Education team. An expert in special educational needs, Laxmi works closely with parents, schools, local authorities and case managers to ensure that children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) receive the support they need to achieve their potential in their education.

Laxmi’s expertise includes:

Laxmi Patel is ‘always very calm under pressure, very empathetic towards clients and very organised and thorough

Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession

Laxmi’s professional biography

Laxmi provides invaluable SEN advice, representation and specialist educational support to the babies and children with profound and complex learning difficulties who are represented by Boyes Turner’s outstanding clinical negligence and Court of Protection teams. Her clients also come to her from other solicitors, social workers and through recommendation from families who have already received her help in securing suitable school placements and SEN support for their children.

Laxmi has extensive expertise in helping children with both profound and subtle difficulties. She has successfully pursued cases for children with complex and wide-ranging learning disabilities from cerebral palsy, autistic spectrum disorder, Asperger's syndrome, speech and language difficulties, hearing and visual impairment, Down's syndrome, dyslexia/dyspraxia, emotional behavioural difficulties, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and sensory processing disorder.

She guides parents through every stage of their child’s statutory assessment process and conducts appeals to SENDIST against local authority refusals to conduct Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessments, refusals to issue Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP), and EHCP contents, including the named school.

Laxmi advises parents on how and when to ask for an EHC needs assessment and what to do if they are unhappy or unsure about the adequacy of their child's educational provision. She provides health checks on the contents of existing EHCPs and helps parents secure amendments to the EHCPs, for example where they want a different named school, whether that be maintained, independent, special or mainstream, residential or day. Working closely with parents to achieve the child’s optimum outcome, Laxmi has secured tri-partite funding from education, health and social services and has successfully led cases for independent/non-maintained residential schools. She supports the parents at meetings with the local authority, experts and the school to resolve issues as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

Laxmi is recognised as a SEND expert and is invited regularly to share her knowledge on changes to SEND legislation, government guidance and changes to practice and procedure for charities and events. She provides seminars on best practice to parents, case managers, schools and experts and regularly offers advice on how parents can support their children with SEND through the EHCP.

Laxmi is listed as one of only four Band 1 UK-wide ranked lawyers in the 2023 Chambers UK Guide to the legal profession for Education work.

Laxmi is clearly an expert in her field. She guides and leads all parties well’ (Chambers 2023 UK-wide)

“Laxmi always puts the client first. She is open, honest and a pleasure to work with.” (Chambers 2023 UK-wide).

Laxmi Patel of Boyes Turner is 'always very calm under pressure, very empathetic towards clients and very organised and thorough," according to commentators. She frequently appears in sophisticated matters before the SENDIST," Chambers Guide to the  Legal Profession (UK - wide).

"Thank you so very much for everything – all your advice and hard work...in particular, your masterpiece mark-up of the proposed EHCP." Boyes Turner Client

Laxmi is a member of the Law Society and an active committee member of the Education Law Association (ELAS), for whom she leads talks on the SEN special interest group. In 2019 she was shortlisted for the Legal 500 Lawyer of the Year award. In the past she has been a school governor and volunteered as an education law advisor for the National Autistic Society (NAS).

"SEN Tribunal"
Laxmi's exceptional understanding in SEN law combined with her professional, honest and empathic approach gave us the assurance that we had a solicitor who was and would continually do her best on our behalf. We would highly recommend any one seeking a SEN solicitor to use Laxmi.
"I would most definitely recommend"
James, Laxmi and Daisy, worked so Patrick’s case, due to his very complex profile we had to go through three tribunals. They all worked so hard to secure our son’s placement. I would most definitely recommend James and Laxmi to anyone wishing to pursue the right provision for their young person.
"Amazing support"
We are extremely grateful for Laxmi Patel’s support in our son’s appeal against the LA that we won! Laxmi has been brilliant in getting us ready for the hearing, coordinating the evidence and the witnesses and arguing in the hearing! We appealed section F and won on all fronts (including inclusion of new outcomes in the EHCP as a consequence of changing provision). Laxmi has been extremely responsive, always on the lookout for strategies to bring us to the best position in SEN tribunal! She has also advised us on school choices and other challenges we had with the LA! She is extremely knowledgeable, approachable and responsive! Thanks so much Laxmi we will be forever grateful! 
"Tribunal for placement"
Laxmi helped with my son tribunal case in regard to section I of his EHCP. Our tribunal got brought forward by 6 months early, not giving us much time to get everything in place. Laxmi was great and said we can do it even with just little time left to get prepared and ready for the Tuesday. As a parent, I didn’t know what we needed to send or do, Laxmi took the time to explain everything to us and what we needed to do to prepare for the tribunal. Laxmi went above and beyond to help us and successfully won getting the school we needed for are son to start in September 2024. I would highly recommend Laxmi to take on the local authority in regard to any EHCP appeals. Thank you for everything you’ve done for us.

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In her spare time, you’ll find Laxmi travelling – the further away, the better. She reads avidly, enjoys world cinema and spending time with her family.

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