Specialist SEN Advocate
Tel: 01722 658855
Sean is able to offer you a comprehensive specialist service including full management of your case and specialist representation at Tribunal Hearings (please see details of his experience below). Please note that although able to, Sean has chosen to no longer hold a legal practicing certificate in England & Wales. Whilst this means that neither Sean or SEN Action provides a legal service, it has enabled SEN Action to offer its specialist services at a highly competitive cost (please see details of our costs by clicking the link above).
Prior to becoming the Managing Director of SEN Action and its Specialist Advocate, Sean worked as a Solicitor-Advocate for a leading national education legal practice representing local authorities. He has extensive experience and expertise in handling appeals to Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunals (SEN Tribunal/ SENDIST). This includes full case management and representation at Tribunal Hearings on complex cases.
Sean also has considerable experience in representing clients at the Upper Tribunal and has been involved in the following reported decisions:
In his previous role, Sean obtained a very useful insight into how local authorities operate, including how they make their decisions, what their thought processes are and their approach to gathering evidence. Having supported local authorities for a number of years, Sean has an integral understanding of how they prepare for SEN Appeals and what issues they can find particularly difficult to deal with. Sean has also worked directly within the SEN Teams of two London local authorities, which has provided a unique and invaluable insight into local authority practices.
Sean has also advised a number of parents and young people on a pro-bono basis, which has included support on matters such as SEN Tribunals, disability discrimination and equality issues at University.
Sean therefore, is able to provide a specialist and holistic service to assist you in your case. He is more than happy to discuss his experience with you and invites you to give the office a call or to send us an e-mail.
Before becoming a lawyer, Sean has worked in a number of jobs, which has included the following; A Theatre Host in The Grand Opera House in Belfast, a call centre operator and a sales assistant in a shoe shop. Also, following his qualification as a New York Attorney, Sean became a tutor on the New York Bar Programme in Dublin.
Hobbies / Interest
Sean loves all things football and until recently often played Saturday and Sunday league. He now enjoys spending more time with his Wife, Danielle and two young daughters, Abigail and Evelyn. In their spare time they take advantage of the beautiful Salisbury and its surrounding areas.
Sean also enjoys spending time with his Uncle Barry, who is also SEN Action’s Events Officer (see Barry's profile above). They are both known to sneak off to the local for a game of pool or two and to watch the football.
Sean has previously volunteered for a number of charities. He has visited both Kenya and Zambia with Habitat for Humanity. He also volunteered for NICE, a cross community charity in Northern Ireland and whilst at school volunteered for a charity that provided activities for children with special educational needs during the school holidays.
Barry is SEN Action’s Events Officer. He is highly dedicated, meticulous in his planning and has effective organisational skills. He is responsible for ensuring that the events calendar is up-to date and any materials/ documentation for SEN Action’s events are organised.
Barry also assists in designing the material for the events and provides input on what the events should cover and what should happen at them. He often accompanies Sean, SEN Action’s Specialist Advocate, to events and will help with setting up and distributing materials.
Barry’s hobbies/ interest
Barry has a large variety of interests and keeps himself very busy. He is a big Tottenham Hotspur fan and enjoys popping to the local to watch a match. He also enjoys playing a game of pool or two and he is an accomplished player. He often teaches Sean, SEN Action’s Specialist Advocate, a lesson in the art of pool. This is despite Sean being Barry’s nephew and therefore, really should let Sean win the odd game. Or so Sean thinks.
Barry also likes to relax and enjoys watching the soaps and the old time great movies, particularly those featuring John Wayne. He will often entertain others with his impression of the Duke and other favourites.
On occasion, Barry will also hit the dance floor and will bust some moves. He is famous for turning an empty dance floor into a hive of activity and freely admits that he loves the attention.
Above all else however, Barry loves being an Uncle and a Great Uncle. He is superb at it and is much loved by all.
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