Louise O’Driscoll

Associate Solicitor


Louise O’Driscoll has been a solicitor for over 15 years with strong advocacy and analytical skills, which are put to excellent use in this field. She is confident at drafting written submissions as well as delivering a logical, clear and concise argument in person. Louise has a wealth of experience with all aspects of education law as set out below:
– EHCP plans – failing to assess, failing to implement
– SEN Tribunals
– Primary and Secondary School Admissions
– Change of circumstances, second appeals
– ESFA Complaints
– University disputes such as academic misconduct, Ethics committee challenges
– University Complaints
– Complaints to the OIA
– School Complaints
– Exclusions

Her clients are grateful for the caring and professional way she deals with their case from start to finish.

Louise O’Driscoll qualified in 2005 and has worked in Nottingham and Leicester. She has over 15 years of experience at the police station, Magistrates Court and Crown Court. Her clients have taken her as far afield as China when she represented a University student accused of kidnapping. Louise has run her own department at a high street firm and worked for a large national firm before starting with Richard Nelsons in 2020.

Louise has extensive experience covering road traffic cases, drugs, violent offences, and sex offences along with regulatory matters such as Health and Safety and Trading standards prosecutions. She is quick to assess strengths and weaknesses in a case and provides sound practical advice to achieve the best outcome for the client. Clients praise Louise for her professional manner and approach as well as being a genuine support to them during difficult times.

Services & Specialisms

Expert advice & representation in these areas

  • EHCP Solicitors

    A correct EHCP is crucial in enabling children with special educational needs to receive the support they need in school. Our solicitors will help you get the right plan for your child.

  • EHCP Appeals

    Our expert solicitors can help throughout the EHCP appeals process. We can discuss the merits of an appeal, help you to gather the documentation that you need and represent you in a hearing.

  • EHCP Applications

    Our solicitors can provide as much support as you require. We can create the EHCP application on your behalf, or we can advise you as you fill out the necessary forms.

  • Independent & Private School Solicitors

    Our solicitors will work with you to resolve disputes with your child's independent or private school, or to help ensure that your child receives the best possible experience during their time there.

  • Student Misconduct Inquiries

    We advise and represent students facing their university’s disciplinary processes with the goal of allowing you to continue your education and safeguard your future.

  • BEIS Investigations

    Our solicitors are experienced in defending criminal investigations brought by the BEIS, including advice when invited to a formal interview under caution.

  • Confiscation Orders

    We have a successful track record in representing clients with confiscation proceedings, many of which have involved multi-million pound figures.

  • Fitness to Plead

    Our criminal defence solicitors have an excellent reputation for defending individuals who find themselves in fitness to plead hearings, which includes representation at the earliest possible occasion.

  • Fraud Defence

    We are one of the leading firms in England and Wales for fraud defence, specialising in serious fraud, but with a strong track record in smaller matters, too.

  • Military Solicitors

    Our criminal defence solicitors can represent members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces at all stages of the Service Justice System, with specialist knowledge of military investigations.

  • Money Laundering

    Our regulatory solicitors have been advising businesses and individuals in money laundering issues for years, and also provide training to accountants and other lawyers on money laundering defence and compliance.

  • Road Traffic Solicitors

    Richard Nelson LLP’s specialist team is here to minimise the impact that road traffic offences can have on our clients’ private and professional lives.

  • Sexual Offences

    Richard Nelson LLP’s team has experience in a range of cases, including historic sexual offences, rape allegation and possession of indecent images.

  • Restraint Orders

    Our experienced defence lawyers advise on the legality of restraint orders and challenge them where appropriate.

  • Sexual Allegations Against University Students

    Our specialist crime and education solicitors can help students facing sexual allegations at every stage of the university's misconduct process.

  • Student Fitness to Practise

    Our experience working with healthcare professionals extends to students, who may be the subject of a fitness to practise investigation whilst studying. Contact us to discuss your options.

I am passionate about supporting people in difficult and troublesome times, offering support, guidance and compassion to bring about a favourable outcome.

Louise O'Driscoll

The speed and thoroughness of the advice we were given was of top quality, and given the quick turn around with the case, I couldn’t be more satisfied.

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