Gurvinder works on an incredibly diverse range of cases concerning education and social care issues with a particular focus on securing the provision of services for children and young adults with additional needs such as sensory impairments, physical limitations, genetic conditions, brain injury and learning difficulties.
Gurvinder regularly represents families in Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal appeals in England (SENDIST) and Wales (SENTW) concerning Statements of Special Educational Needs, including challenging decisions at Upper Tribunal. She regularly secures high value independent school placements for children with special educational needs, including residential provision. She often assists in securing funding for special education provision and specialist college placements for young people aged post 16 and post 19.
She has extensive experience of dealing with Admission and Exclusion Appeals and has demonstrable success in both these areas against a number of local authorities.
She also provides advice on the rights and entitlement of young people to educational and social care services and provision so that families are well informed and can be proactive in securing suitable provision.
Gurvinder has previously worked on a successful SEND tribunal appeal securing a residential placement at an independent specialist school for a child with a sensory impairment. The responsible Local Authority had proposed a day placement in a local Academy.
She has also helped secure a new social care placement for a young adult with Autism and Severe Learning Difficulties when his previous social care placement closed. The responsible Local Authority failed to identify a new placement for him and with only 3 weeks remaining before the placement closed, we were able to secure a suitable social care placement which includes regular speech and language therapy and an educational programme which was not provided in his previous placement.
In addition, she challenged the decision of a local authority to terminate a special school placement for a young boy with Cerebral Palsy after a family move of home. As well as ensuring that the child could continue at the same school, we have had the Statement of Special Educational Needs updated significantly, including specification of therapy provision.
Prior to joining Shoosmiths, Gurvinder was at Maxwell Gillott where she headed up an Education and Community Care office.
Outside of work, Gurvinder enjoys going to the theatre, travelling and the (not-so) occasional shopping trip.
- LLB Hons 2:1
Manchester Metropolitan University
- Legal Practice Course
College of Law, Chester