Breakfast Seminar: Challenges to Budget-Setting Decisions

Following a recent successful challenge to the decision by a local authority to cut its special educational needs budget in R (SE) v Bristol CC [2018] EWHC 2103 Admin (in which Jenni Richards QC acted for the Claimant), Surrey County Council and Hackney Council now face similar challenges. Further litigation is also on the horizon – a group of families is currently crowdfunding to bring a case against Central Government on the basis that the Secretary of State for Education and the Chancellor of the Exchequer are failing to discharge their legal duties regarding the allocation of funding for special educational needs provision in England.

The seminar will examine the lessons learned from these cases, including the consultation and equalities duties which apply to budget-setting decisions. It will also consider the scope for further challenges of this kind both within and beyond the context of special educational needs.


Tuesday 27th November 2018


8.15am to 9.15am (Registration with tea, coffee & pastries from 8am)


39 Essex Chambers
81 Chancery Lane

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Jenni Richards QC
Jennifer Thelen
Katherine Barnes

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Charlie Leppington

Charlie Leppington / 0207 832 1140


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39 Essex Chambers is accredited by the Law Society and the Bar Council to provide CPD accredited courses. This course is accredited for 1 CPD hour.

NB: This programme of speakers and talks is subject to change.

The venue has full disabled access, however, if you do have any special requirements, please contact Charlie.

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