Nicholas Hancox Solicitors
Calthorpe Green
Old Road
Norfolk   NR13 3QL

Tel:  01493 754004

"You have truly been my rock. A huge thanks for everything, especially for keeping me sane.
- Extract from a note from a client, upon her retirement

"The advice and guidance which you have rendered to [my] Council over a long period has been invaluable in the extreme and has enabled us to react with confidence when the [party with whom we were in dispute] was on its many sabre rattling manouevres."
- A Town Clerk

"The letter is Excellent. Many thanks."
- An email from a satisfied client, commenting on a letter we sent to a person who was disputing our client's highways rights.

"The Parish Council have asked me to thank you on their behalf for all your work in seeing this case to a successful conclusion. And I would like to add my own personal thanks for all your patience and help over what has been a very difficult and challenging time for me; it has been very much appreciated"
- A Parish Council Clerk at the end of a very wearing allotments eviction

"We received [my child's] final statement today. Phew!! Just wanted to say a massive thank you for all your help and support. Now we can sit back and finally enjoy [our child's] new phase of entering into school."
- Mother of a child with a statement of special educational needs

Practical legal advice from solicitors who specialise in education law, local government law and highways law.

Nicholas Hancox Solicitor

Nicholas Hancox Solicitor
is one of the editors of a seven-volume legal textbook, published by Lexis Nexis and called ‘The Law of Education”.

He qualified as a solicitor with a local authority in 1977 and was once (in the mid-1990s) the Director of Legal Services with Norfolk County Council.

Nick founded this firm in 2003.

Debbie Ashton Solicitor

Debbie Ashton Solicitor
qualified in 2004 and specialises in local council law and education law.

Debbie is the National Legal Advisor for the Society of Local Council Clerks.



Council Cemeteries and Churchyards
February 2016: Nick Hancox has updated and refreshed his article on Council Cemeteries and Churchyards in the light of an ongoing controversy about whether or not a civil parish coucil can lawfully subsidise an ecclesiastical parochial church council's obligation to maintain an open Church of England churchyard. Click here to read Nick's article.

School Admissions
January 2016: Nick Hancox has added a new article on School Admissions and Parental Fraud to our website. Click HERE to read the article, which is at the end of our School Admissions page.

Recreation Grounds and Village Halls
November 2015: Nick Hancox has added a new article on the Bath Recreation Ground case (Baddeley v Sparrow (2015)) to our website. What Baddeley v Sparrow tells us (or reminds us) is that recreation ground land and village hall land held by a local council for public use might be subject to overriding charitable trusts. In some cases, the land itself is so important that it can never be sold. Click here to read Nick's article.

Public Procurement and Contracts
November 2015: Nick Hancox has added a new article on Public Procurement and Contracts to our website. Click here to read this article.

Legal Update for Parish Councils
Debbie Ashton and Nicholas Hancox presented a Legal Update at the SLCC's National Conference in October 2015, covering recent changes to the law affecting parish, community and town councils in England and Wales. Read more
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