Russell has a strong interest in education law and special educational needs. He was a Governor of a Further Education College for 4 years with special responsibility for safeguarding. He has been an elected Councillor since 2007 and served for several years and was chair of the education committee. He was a member of task groups reviewing the education of looked after children and special educational needs. He is an IPSEA volunteer. Russell provides legal advice and representation in all aspects of education law including disability discrimination. He is well positioned to provide advice to parents, schools, academies and local authorities on education law and is happy to provide bespoke training, particularly in relation to the Children and Families Act.
Russell provides advice and representation in relation to all aspects of special educational law. He has experience of appeals on refusals to carry out a statutory assessment, refusal to make a statement, appeals on Parts 2,3 and 4 of a statement, ceasing to maintain a statement and disability discrimination. He has appeared several times in the Upper Tribunal and was sole Counsel in an important case in the Court of Appeal about the relationship between the jurisdiction of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal and school transport. He is currently involved in appeals which concern the relationship between special educational needs and family law. He has advised on judicial review in relation to special educational needs. He has also been instructed in matters relating to admissions and disability discrimination.
His recent work includes:
Providing advice in relation to a judicial review in relation to the regulations relating to the carrying out of a statutory assessment.
Providing representation where a child had been excluded on multiple occasions and there was a claim of disability discrimination.
Upper Tribunal cases involving the relationship between special educational needs and family law issues.
Providing advice and representation in all aspects of appeals to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal.
Providing advice in relation to grammar school admissions appeal.
Assisting a parent resisting an appeal to the Upper Tribunal made by the Local Authority. Permission to appeal was refused.
NGI v Wiltshire  UKUT 242 AAC.
This case concerned the way in which the Tribunal had considered the evidence of a medical expert.
West Sussex v ND  UKUT 349.
This was an important case which established the approach that the Tribunal should take when considering what weight to give the views of a child when deciding placement.
A Borough Council v S  EWCA Civ 346.
This Court of Appeal authority concerns the approach that the Tribunal should take in relation to transport costs when considering school placements.