In response to MG&Co’s letter threatening judicial review on behalf of six children, the Secretary of State for Education has agreed to extend free school meal entitlement during the current Covid-19 crisis. The original eligibility criteria required parents to be claiming certain welfare benefits. It therefore...

MG&Co represented a vulnerable and homeless 6 month old baby and his mother in an urgent judicial review challenge to a local authority’s refusal to provide support  pending completion of an assessment of the child’s needs under section 17 of the Children Act 1989. The family...

The Maughan hearing will be live-streamed from court room 2, you can access the broadcast from here: https://www.supremecourt.uk/live/court-02.html Key information On 26 and 27 February 2020 the Supreme Court will decide what is the standard of proof for finding a short form and narrative conclusion of suicide. The...

Background We recently acted for a vulnerable young adult who had been assessed by his local authority as having adoption support needs and required psycho-therapy as a result. His local authority made an application to the Adoption Support Fund (“ASF”), a scheme run by the Department for...

Secretary of State for Education extends eligibility for free nursery places for 2 year olds in No Recourse to Public Funds ('NRPF') households following successful judicial review challenge Background In 2014 the government introduced an entitlement to free early education places for two years olds from low-income...

Following a claim for judicial review the Secretary of State for Education has confirmed that many more 2-year-olds from the poorest families will be entitled to a free nursery place. In 2014 the government announced funding for a ‘fairness premium’ which entitled all disadvantaged 2-year-olds to...

Justine Pierce’s son has attention deficit disorder and is on the autism spectrum. As a result he is too anxious to go to his mainstream school. Despite Justine having explained her son’s difficulties, the Council have instigated a prosecution against her for her son’s non-attendance before...

Our client’s son, a 14-year-old boy with a diagnosis of autism and special education needs (SEN), was unable to attend his mainstream school due to the high level of anxiety caused by his disability needs. Despite being aware of his diagnosis and that this was the...

Following judicial review proceedings brought by MG&Co, the High Court has ruled that Sussex Police unlawfully disclosed our teenage client’s vulnerability to child exploitation to a Business Crime Reduction Partnership. The Honourable Mrs Justice Lieven ruled that the disclosure breached the Claimant’s rights under the Data...