Doug has over 6 years’ experience working with the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal and in higher education.

During this time, he has developed a practice based on efficiency, value for money, passionately advocating his clients’ rights and getting positive results as soon as possible.

While some solicitors may be accused of aiming to stretch cases out and get to the tribunal doors, Doug’s goal is always to secure the desired outcome for his clients as soon as practicable. This is often possible through careful negotiation – as a wise person once said, ‘war is the failure of diplomats’

Beyond the tribunal, Doug has experience and expertise in the following:

  • Judicial reviews against decisions and actions of local authorities failing to deliver legally required provision.
  • School admission appeals and exclusions.
  • Educational negligence.
  • Academic and fitness to practice appeals.
  • Appeals to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA).

Doug is looking forward to developing his legal practice under the supervision and support of Adam Friel, with whom he has had a long and fruitful working relationship. Together they have developed a leading practice and reputation in education law.

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