Douglas works in the Education team advising and assisting parents and young people on a variety of education issues, with a particular focus on special educational needs and appeals to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal.

He has six years’ experience in education law, covering higher education, disability benefits, section 444 attendance issues, care issues, admissions appeals and exclusions appeals.

The majority of Douglas’ work is in connection with appeals to the SEND Tribunal, covering all types of appeals including refusals to undertake needs assessments, refusals to issue an EHC plan and appeals about the contents of a plan. In addition, he has worked on numerous complex cases with National Trial elements, care proceedings, attendance proceedings, disputes with independent schools, and EOTAS/elective home education.

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What clients say

"Doug fights his clients' cases fearlessly - you cannot question his passion."

Chambers & Partners 2023

"Douglas is highly dedicated and professional. He is very knowledgeable in all fields in SEN."

Chambers & Partners 2023

"He is courteous and very efficient at what he does."

Chambers & Partners 2023

"Geldards offered us great expertise and really enhanced our case. As a result, our son is flourishing in the right setting for him. We would definitely recommend Adam, Douglas and the Geldards team. "

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