I'm writing on behalf of a friend. Her son is 3 and she is going to tribunal in Hampshire because she does not agree with their school choice. She can't afford to hire a solicitor, even one from ipsea, but has been informed that the lea will be bringing a barrister from London. Can they do that????
Yup they can - the system is designed to be "fair" as you can see .
If it helps as my Tribunal there were 5 bigwigs on their side v. lil ol' single Mum me on mine. I won .
My top tip is to include a few quotes from the LA reports to back up your own argument. It makes you look oh so reasonable and encourages the panel to really listen to those points from any independent ones you may have comissioned or your own diaries notes etc more carefully. Also stay calm and avoid the loo in the break in the middle for fear of bumping into and being intimidated by the "big wigs" as you wash your hands .
Yes they can, but another L/P against their line up here, and I also won
They attempted to make me withdraw at the last moment, but the judges decided they'd hear the case.
David versus Goliath doesn't necessarily look good for Goliath!
I read up on what grounds they could legally refuse what we were seeking, ie efficient use of finances etc, and made sure I had my legal (not emotional!) counter arguments as to why they were incorrect, and all facts and figures to hand, and I would advise all parents to do that. I've helped a few parents since, and you'd be surprised how often the LA has failed to provide the brought in barristers with the details they need.