Our People

Education Advocacy offer parents an affordable alternative to specialist education solicitors, charging approximately one third to a half of what a solicitor would normally charge.

Education Advocacy are specialists in their field focussing purely on education and special educational needs law. We offer a breadth and depth of experience enabling us to quickly ascertain the key points of your case, understanding exactly what needs to be done and how. All staff are IPSEA trained.

Nigel Pugh – Managing Director

Nigel has 30 years’ experience supporting parents and children as they go through the Special Educational Needs process. He started as a parent of 2 children with SEN, became a voluntary befriender for 10 years, set up and ran a parent partnership scheme for 3 years, worked for a legal aid law firm with an education franchise, was Head of Befriending at the British Dyslexia Association, worked for the Exclusions Team at IPSEA and then under contract to the Disability Rights Commission via IPSEA. He set up Education Advocacy in 2008 and now has a team of 5 staff.

Beth Holbrook

Beth is Legal Director at Education Advocacy and has 25 years’ experience of working in Education Law, specialising in areas including special educational needs, discrimination, judicial review and appeals to the Upper Tribunal.  Beth is a qualified solicitor but does not hold a practicing certificate at Education Advocacy.

Beth has been advising parents of children with special educational needs since 1998 when she worked for a leading education law firm as well as volunteering for IPSEA.  She then moved to the Disability Rights Commission (DRC), where she was the Principal Education Lawyer in charge of ground-breaking disability discrimination cases and continuing to volunteer with IPSEA.  She then moved to IPSEA to focus more on SEN work and ran their training and volunteering support as well as managing the disability discrimination project which is where she first worked with Nigel.  More recently, she was a solicitor in the Public Law department at national law firm Simpson Millar, where she focussed on education law.  

Beth has shared her expertise in various publications and has provided support and training to a number of charities and public bodies, such as the former Council on Tribunals. She also speaks at national conferences and training events.

Emily Toyne – Caseworker

After getting her degree Emily worked in a Women’s Refuge and Adult Autism care. She saw how ‘the system’ had failed so many parents and children. Emily has worked at Education Advocacy for 8 years and was our third employee. She has run in excess of 400 cases. Clients describe her as being “calm, helpful and knowledgeable”.

Heather Pugh – Office Manager

Heather has many years of experience with multi-national companies and now oversees the accounts function and provides business and administrative support to the company.

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86%
of Education Advocacy cases are settled in favour of the parent before attendance at Tribunal.
98%
of Education Advocacy cases that go to Tribunal are a success.