Douglas who is an Associate, 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 over eight 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. "

Client Quote 2022

"Your superior work was above and beyond our expectations. You are a brilliant solicitor and you will be with us a long time. Thank you for putting yourself in our shoes and not giving up on us."

Client Quote 2023

"Thank you, Doug, for always being at the end of the phone, your responsiveness, depth of knowledge and honesty. Your work was impressive, concise and showed your depth of knowledge concerning my daughter's needs and support. You clearly had put a lot of consideration into every detail."

Mr & Mrs G

"Doug, a huge thank you for all your hard work in getting my son an EHCP that reflects his needs & a setting where he will be nurtured & able to thrive. It’s been a long process, appealing every stage but we’re grateful & delighted with the end result. Please thank Adam & the rest of the team too. You’ve all been wonderful & your dedication & commitment, to ensure SEND children receive the provision they deserve, really shines through."

Mr and Mrs A, regarding a successful appeal for a specialist independent autism school

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