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Why Choose Education Advocacy?

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 28 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 we now have a team of 5.

Samantha Trowbridge – Caseworker

A former litigation solicitor, Samantha joined Education Advocacy in 2018 in a non-practising capacity. The mother of a child with SEN Sam has successfully managed over 80 SEN cases to date.

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 5 years and was our third employee. She has run in excess of 200 cases. Clients describe her as being “calm, helpful and knowledgeable”.

Michelle Hulland-Lucas – Caseworker

Michelle joins us with 25 years of experience in education and SEN . Her career began in teaching, spending 12 years as a teacher, SENDCo then Headteacher. For the past 13 years, Michelle has worked in SEN, in senior management roles, managing all aspects of the SEN process, mediation and SEN tribunals. She also has considerable experience in the field of complaints, Judicial Review and Exclusion appeals, where she has appeared as the SEN expert on panels.

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.