Tweets from the firm appeared to gloat after a family trying to get help for their autistic child lost at a tribunal [Image: Tim Flach/Getty Images].

Tweets from the firm appeared to gloat after a family trying to get help for their autistic child lost at a tribunal [Image: Tim Flach/Getty Images].

Baker Small has been in the news for the past week after its director, Mark Small, apologised for his firm sending a series of tweets gloating at a tribunal victory over a family trying to get special educational needs (SEN) support for their autistic child.

One of the tweets said: “Crikey, had a great ‘win’ last week which sent some parents into a storm! It is always a great win when the other side thinks they won!” Another said: “Whenever someone thinks they have won and they have conceded 90% of their case, it does make me smile.” Responding to widespread online condemnation of the tone, the Baker Small Twitter account later posted a picture of a kitten laughing.

Source: ‘Simply inhumane’ – the law firm that fights parents seeking help for children’s special needs | Law | The Guardian

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6 thoughts on “The law firm that fights parents seeking help for children’s special needs

  1. joanna

    I was put in a school for special needs, I had No special needs whatsoever!! In fact I had a reading age of a 13 year old at 10 years!!! All because the social services earned an extra £7000 per week for me being deemed a special needs child. At 10, my favourite books were, The works of shakespeare, by Charles and Mary lamb, and James Herbert, the rats.
    I was put back into mainstream education when I was 14yrs, far too late to be able to catch up.
    I was robbed of my education!
    At 16yrs the SS cut off all support for me!

    1. Roy Beiley

      Must have been a while ago. You appear to have been a “victim” of the bad old days when segregation was the de facto way pf dealing with Special Needs children. Whether it was financially advantageous to Social Services Depts of yesteryear is possible in some but not all cases. Then educationalists decided to close Special Need Schools in early 2000’s and provide SEN funding in mainstream schools for those in need of it. My grandson has dyslexia and benefited from the funding which provided him with a number of hours in a one to one teaching environment. There is no one size fits all solution as differing special needs require different types and levels of support. Better that it isn’t done in a separate institutionalised environment.

  2. Justin Greenwood

    what a charming nice bunch of solicitors, they probably have absoluty no idea about the autistic spectrum at all and that they actually tweated something like this shows there professionallism and no doubt brings the meaning of the phrase ‘low lifes’ to a new form of low, I can almost see this company being one that represents nurses from the dwp conglomerate of failed nurses that work for atos,capita and maximus. I suggest they spend some of there hard own legal fees for this case by sending there gucci heeled solicitors out into the community to work as a volunteer unpaid within the vunerable services sector, if they still have that view after that, then consider whether they have any morals, i hope the family concerned complains to the law society as it is quite clear that this is a unethical comment and no amount of apology will help in this case as the distress ot the family will be quite high, they ought to hang there heads in shame

  3. paulrutherford8

    When we were visited by a certain pregnant MP, Sue and she were discussing some ‘female’ issues around birth, etc. The politician’s face dropped when Sue calmly stated:
    “Nobody really knows if they’ll have a baby born like Warren.”

    It would be ironic if someone in that law firm had a child who needs the very help and support they’ve been so gleefully opposing.

    People rarely understand until directly affected…

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