September 26, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Lewis Silkin LLP
5 Chancery Lane
Cliffords Inn
London EC4A 1BL

Disability, Education and Human Rights

The L Case: What Next?

6.00pm Wednesday 26 September 2018    

Registration from 5.30 pm

Kindly hosted by lewis Silkin LLP, 5 Chancery Lane, Cliffords Inn, London EC4A 1BL
Followed by drinks at the Knights Templar 95 Chancery Lane WC2A 1DT


The recent L case found that an autistic child had been unlawfully excluded from school. Regarding the legislative provision used to exclude L, Judge Rowley stated: “aggressive behaviour is not a choice for children with autism [and i]n my judgment the Secretary of State has failed to justify maintaining in force a provision which excludes from the ambit of the protection of the Equality Act, children whose behaviour in school is a manifestation of the very condition which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.”

Schools and education authorities have had a duty to provide reasonable adjustments for disabled pupils since 2002, which includes a duty to provide auxiliary aids and services for disabled pupils. The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, however, found in 2017 that progress towards inclusive education had “stalled” and disabled children are increasingly segregated, whilst more children with special educational needs are attending state-funded “special schools” rising.

What needs to come next to give disabled children an adequate education after L?


Steven Broach, Monckton Chambers



Steven Baylis, Irwin Mitchell

Solicitor specialising in education and community care law and cases in the Court of Protection involving mental capacity, best interests and deprivation of liberty.

Jo Salisbury, Independent Parental Special Needs Advice 

Solicitor and IPSEA legal team member involved in training volunteers and supporting parents through SEND cases.

Daniel Holt, Disability Rights UK and Regard

Special needs school educated aspiring barrister, Trustee of Disability Rights UK and Policy and Procedures Executive at Regard.


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