Special Event

Contracts, SEN, & Tribunals

Date: 16 February 2018

Venue: University College London, 26 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AP (Ground Floor Lecture Theatre).  See map below.

Registration: Registration for this event is now closed.



Part 1: 10:30-12:30 Contract Therapy: A guide to Contracts and Contractual Issues for Employed and Self-employed Behaviour Analysts – Mr David Clay (Solicitor), Field Seymour Parks Solicitors

12:30-1:30: Lunch (on your own)

Part 2: 1:30-4:30 Understanding the SEN Framework and Tribunal Process – Mr John Friel (Barrister) and Ms Melinda Nettleton (Solicitor) SEN Legal


About Our Speakers

David Clay works as a solicitor in the employment group at Field Seymour Parkes LLP, having joined the firm in January 2014. He advises both employers and employees on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. David’s areas of expertise include defending employment tribunal claims, advising on restrictive covenants, advising on employment status and drafting bespoke employment documents (including director service and consultancy agreements). David provides advice to his clients on all of the most commonly occurring employment issues, including disciplinary, sickness absence and redundancy scenarios. David also works in conjunction with the firm’s corporate team on the employment aspects of business transactions.  In addition to his client-facing work, David is a member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association and has written extensively on the latest developments in employment law.

John Friel is a highly experienced practitioner with particular expertise in public law issues. He has developed a strong practice with extensive experience acting for local authorities, private applicants, charities, independent schools, maintained schools governing bodies and provides a prompt response to instructions. He has won leading cases in the House of Lords, Court of Appeal, and High Court.

Melinda Nettleton is the author of the recently published Special Needs & Legal Entitlement – The Essential Guide to getting out the Maze, which is currently the only published work dealing with EHC Plans and SEND Tribunals. She has over 20 years professional experience in the field.  Melinda has three children, one of whom has Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and a severe Language Disorder and who had a Statement of Special Educational Needs throughout his education. He had a specialist independent school named in Part 4 of his Statement of Special Educational Needs since he was seven. He has now finished university, graduating with a 1st in Philosophy. As a result of her personal experience, she is committed to supporting other parents in helping their children achieve their full potential.


About the Workshops

Contract Therapy: A guide to Contracts and Contractual Issues for Employed and Self-employed Behaviour Analysts

This session will address issues with regard to contracts for services for independent ABA providers and small businesses.  It will provide essential information regarding your legal obligations when entering into contractual agreements with clients, as well as top tips on protecting yourself and consumers.  You’ll also receive guidance on important clauses that should be include in all contracts.

Understanding the SEN Framework and Tribunal Process

This session will provide information on effectively navigating the SEN process and how to prepare for tribunals.  The session also will address what it takes to be a competent expert witness during tribunals.