Education & Special Needs *

Cantillons Solicitors has many years of experience in education law, vindicating both adults and children’s rights in line with their assessed needs, both educational and care.  Ernest Cantillon has pioneered the law in the area of education with ground breaking precedent setting cases, such as the cases involving Paul O’Donoghue and Jamie Sinnott.

These legal groundbreaking cases established in Irish Constitutional Law, the right for persons with disabilities to education appropriate to their needs, up to the age of 18.  This Firm has acted for a large number of persons with learning difficulties, particularly autism.   The Firm has been credited with the vast increase in funding now being made available for special education (whilst recognising that the funding is still inadequate).

We act for:

  • Pupils
  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Schools
  • Boards of Management
  • Special Needs Assistants
  • Therapists from all disciplines.  

The following are a selection of areas of education law where Cantillons Solicitors have acted:

  • Special Educational  Needs – diagnosis and identification of requisite needs: appropriate school placements
  • School Placements – primary and secondary schools – access to - enrolment policies - S29 appeals
  • Boards of Management
  • National Education Welfare Board – school attendance
  • National Council for Special Education – SENOS
  • Discrimination at School
  • Bullying at School
  • Home Schooling: Home Tuition Funding
  • Health Service Executive – community care services – speech and language therapy, respite, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, home support.
  • Advising schools on a wide range of issues including placements, health and safety, staffing, etc.
  • Appeals under Section 29 of the Education Act 1998 

Contact us at Cantillons Solicitors at +353 (0)21 -4275673 or [email protected] if you would like more information.

* In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or proportion of any award or settlement.


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