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Sean Kennedy - Legal Adviser for AnnaKennedyOnline

Legal updates from Sean Kennedy

Sean is a barrister and has broad experience in a number of practice areas, but his focus has been mainly in the areas of SEN, disability and employment law and also trust law. 

Sean is a Legal Adviser for Anna Kennedy Online keeping us all up to date with his articles.

Logjam in the Employment Tribunal

It is reasonable to assume that anyone who has recently come in contact with the First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) will be aware of the backlog which is routinely causing delays in getting cases heard.  These difficulties are...

Disability and Relates Issues

Does the period in which an employer must take into account the protected characteristic of disability include the period after dismissal to the end of the appeal process? Yes, according to Baldeh v Churches Housing Association [2019] UKEAT 0290_18_1103...

School Related Anxiety

Does the decision to ensure that a child or young person’s special educational needs be met otherwise than in a school, early year’s provision or post 16-institution have to take into account school-related anxiety? Yes, according to the decision in  M v...

SEND Single Route of Redress National Trial

The single route of redress national trial extends the power of the special educational needs and disability (SEND) tribunal. This means that as part of a special educational appeal, the SEND tribunal will be able to make non-binding recommendations on the...

SEND National Crisis March across the country

Anna Kennedy, OBE who is a campaigner for autism will speak at the SEND crisis national March, where she will be one of the representatives for London.Anna Kennedy’s experience of speaking with parents on a daily basis through social media and through her...

Autism and Homelessness

As a regional charity, Autism Anglia has observed the difficulties individuals with autism face with homelessness and gaining appropriate and timely support around their housing needs. There is a definite lack of understanding towards autistic individuals...

ABC: Autism Bullying in the Community

Chris Bonnello, a former teacher with Asperger’s syndrome, was the winner of Anna Kennedy Online charity’s Autism Charity Hero Awards  ‘Online Social Network Award ' category in 2018.Chris runs an extremely popular Facebook page called 'Autistic Not Weird'...

Meeting the Social Care Needs of Adults

If an adult is to receive a service from a local authority, they must have come to the attention of the local authority and an assessment (called a needs assessment) will need to have taken place and social services will have concluded that they qualify to...

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