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Expansion for HCB Education team

Nationwide legal and accountancy network, HCB, is strengthening its already dynamic education law section with the appointment of specialist lawyer Ed Duff.

Ed, a leading expert on special educational needs,  is joining as part of an ever-expanding team in January 2017 and will be focusing on the South and South-East regions. 

The 24-office HCB network operates an all-for-one policy which means that over 120 specialists from offices throughout the UK can be called on to advise and help clients  from any other office in the network. 

Ed works with families and children with special educational needs and disabilities, and has expertise in securing the right school placement for children and young people and obtaining the support they need. 

His work includes bringing a leading precedent case to the Supreme Court on behalf of a young person with special educational needs about the meaning of the right to education within the Human Rights Act, and bringing leading precedent cases to the Court of Appeal concerning the definition of “school” and whether children in residential schools are accommodated by a local authority.

He joins the HCB education law team from a firm in Reading where he regularly provided legal advice and comment for his local radio and television stations. He is married with children.

Ed will be the second new face in five months to join the expanding education law team at HCB. In September assistant solicitor Laura Carr was also appointed to advise parents with education law disputes in a wide range of areas. Laura works closely with Mr Andrew Barrowclough but can also advise regarding specialist wills and probate matters. 

Andrew Barrowclough, head of education across the HCB Network, said: “Our education law section has grown quickly to become one of the largest and most respected professional bodies in this sphere in the U.K. Ed Duff’s specialist expertise will assist us in bringing a new dimension to cases and will greatly help to service our growing client numbers. Laura has already established herself to become an invaluable member of the team.”

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