SEND Tribunal Advice for Schools

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SEND Tribunal Advice for Schools

Led by: Guy Darvill

Guidance for Heads, SENCOs and others on what to do when a SEND Tribunal is issued in relation to a current or prospective pupil; what support is available; and how to make sure that you are heard.

Warwickshire County Council’s Senior Education Solicitor, Guy Darvill, will be providing a comprehensive guide for school staff on the SEND Tribunal system. Guy leads on responses to Tribunal claims made against the County Council and other local authorities, overseeing up to 120 cases a year. He therefore has an unrivalled experience of the system which he will be sharing during the session, which will focus on:

  • Whether Tribunal cases can be avoided;
  • The powers that the SEND Tribunal has;
  • The role that schools play in the Tribunal system, and what is required from schools by the Tribunal Panel;
  • How Warwickshire County Council approaches Tribunals, and what we request from schools;
  • How to best present the school’s position to both the authority and the SEND Tribunal;
  • Whether a hearing will happen, what happens at a hearing, and how to best prepare for one.

DATE: Wednesday 27th September 2023

TIME: 13:30-16:30

VENUE: Bulkington Village Centre, School Road, Bedworth, Warwickshire, CV12 9JB

COST: £75 per person


Schools in the Consortia 1 & 4 have 2 FREE places per school – please use the voucher code provided. 

Costs will be incurred for additional places and for schools outside Consortia 1 & 4. Please contact us for details.


If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us on 02476 347697 or email:

Guy Darvill – Team Lead and Senior Solicitor 

Guy joined Warwickshire County Council in 2016 after working for a number of years at Staffordshire County Council, having initially qualified in private practice. He has built up extensive experience in all aspects of education law, advising on special educational needs, school transport, admission and exclusion issues, and general educational duties. His work in this field also includes representing at the Special Educational Needs Tribunal and clerking Independent Exclusion Review Panels, admission appeals and Home-to-School Transport Reviews, as well as training panel members and council officers. He also has experience in ombudsman matters, bringing and responding to Upper Tribunal appeals, and defending judicial review proceedings.

Guy has worked for schools on a wide range of issues, advising on areas including family proceedings, social media usage, contract disputes, defamation actions, complaints, and many other matters. He also has considerable knowledge on local government law and processes through his involvement as a designated lawyer, working on transformation projects concerning libraries, youth services, children’s centres, and non-statutory adult social care provision.

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