It must be an indication of my insecurity but I am feeling a bit concerned about just how many people might be using legal assistance for over-allocation appeals.
In my experience it was quite rare - and as far as I know, still is.
Firstly: am I right in understanding that in Bucks. After first allocation on 1 March, any people on waiting list will be offered places in next allocation in order of admissions criteria
BUT: after this. If we have to appeal based on over-subscription, we will be in same boat as somebody that lives further way than us. Yes?
Places could still be offered from the waiting list, but you are right that appeals are not automatically determined by the admission criteria, because panels are free to consider any arguments put forward.
....... I have heard that at this stage it might help to have legal help.
This probably belongs in the Myths & Legends section!
Is there a) any indication of how successful solicitors etc are vs us ordinary folk?
In my experience their outcomes were no better (possibly worse).
Are there legal tricks which make a difference?
Also: is the waiting list which will come out late April the same no of people that can go to appeal, or is that different?
No, the two things are entirely separate. For example, some people might choose just to go on the waiting list, and not to appeal.
See the Q&As:http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/appeals/general#a11