Amara Ahmad

Senior Associate | London (City)

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Amara is one of the UK’s leading specialist education and children’s law solicitors. An expert in special educational needs (SEND) and safeguarding she works closely with parents, schools, and charities to ensure that children and young people receive the support that they need to reach their potential in education.

For over a decade Amara has advised parents, students and schools on education law with a particular focus on special educational needs and disability (SEND). 

“…. Amara Ahmad has particular expertise in learning difficulty assessments and school admission issues. Other recent work includes disability discrimination and school exclusion matters…”

(The Legal 500)

“Just to let you know that we had our reinspection on Friday and passed with flying colours. Thank you for your assistance and support.”

(Babington House School)

“I’m very grateful for all of your efforts and dedication in following-up my son's special education needs with the council and for getting him the education he deserves. You showed genuine concern for my son’s case and worked tirelessly to achieve an excellent outcome. I would be very willing to recommend you to anyone else needing a specialist education solicitor. You were thorough, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.”

(Dr. Khulud Almani)

Amara regularly advises parents through the education health and care plan process and represents parents and young people at the SEND Tribunal. She has experience of mental capacity law and the impact of mental capacity in school settings and residential placements. With particular insight into the challenges faced by overseas students studying in a new environment Amara is at the cutting edge of education law. She successfully acted for the claimant in the High Court case of R (Mustafa) v Office of Independent Adjudicator [2013] EWHC1379 (Admin) and has considerable experience of judicial review claims in the High Court. 

Recent work includes -

  • Advising on special educational needs, requesting assessments and challenging the refusal to assess.  
  • Challenging the content of education health and care (EHC) plans including appeals for residential placements and “waking day” curriculum. 
  • Bringing disability discrimination claims for pupils in the SEND Tribunal. 
  • Appealing school admission decisions in the state sector including infant class size decisions.
  • Challenging school exclusions, “off rolling” and representing parents at an Independent Review Panel. 
  • Challenging Review Panel decisions on judicial review principals. 
  • Advice to parents and schools about bulling, including drafting complaints to the school governors. 
  • Higher education disputes and academic appeals. 
  • Complaints through university complaints procedures and to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator.

In the media -

Regularly in the media, Amara has been interviewed by The Times Educational Supplement regarding school admissions and was quoted in a recent article about parent tactics when applying for school places. She has also spoken at the Sunday Times Festival of Education at Wellington College where her ‘Parent Power’ talk focused on bullying in schools, Equality Act, school admission arrangements and the rights of parents in school exclusions and disciplinary matters. Other publications Amara has contributed to include the Education, Public Law and the Individual journal providing an ELAS editorial detailing the legal aid changes in education law and their impact on children and families.

To meet some of Amara's Education team colleagues please click here

Experience, qualifications and memberships -

Qualified as a solicitor 2007

Education law specialist since 2007

ELAS member

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