About Us

"Your appeal statement was amazing.  If I had known, I would have left it to you from the start instead of wasting my time.  Sorry if I sounded distrustful when I first called.  Having seen your work, you guys are 1000x better than I could ever have imagined." M (university withheld), April 2019

Alpha Academic Appeals combines a professional approach with a friendly service.  We understand the significance of the appeal to your future, and appreciate that appealing a decision can be daunting.  We are here to help you through the process. Our goal is to provide the best possible chance of obtaining your desired result.  

Dr Daniel Sokol, founder of Alpha Academic Appeals


We assist students and academics with the following issues:

- academic appeals at university and school level

- student complaints

- appeals concerning professional exams (e.g., post-qualification medical exams)

- plagiarism

- academic and non-academic misconduct

- disciplinary matters

- fitness to practice

- scholarly misconduct (inc. research misconduct, fraud, dishonesty)

- breach of contract

- negligence

- misrepresentation

The advisory team is led by Daniel Sokol, PhD, a former academic and barrister with experience of supervising and examining undergraduate and postgraduate students and conducting academic appeals.  He has sat as a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics, as well as on committees for the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Defence.  He is uniquely placed to understand the viewpoint of both students and staff.  He still lectures, appears regularly as an advocate in court, and is also an accredited mediator.

Aidan O'Brien is a barrister and Senior Adviser at Alpha Academic Appeals.  He sits as a Chairman on the Judicial Panel of the Rugby Football Union ("RFU") and acts as an advocate in court on a daily basis.  He regularly advises clients on complex legal issues, drafts supporting documents and pleadings.  He has a wealth of experience in academic appeals in both tertiary education and vocational training.

For more on Aidan O'Brien, please click here.

Chris Coyle has a First Class degree and Masters with Distinction from Ulster University.  He has been in practice as a barrister for 10 years, appearing in court regularly.  He has been called to the Bars of England & Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.  He has previously been a University Lecturer and Director of an Institute for Professional Legal Education.

For more on Christopher Coyle, please click here.

Amy Sloan Mc-Cann

Amy Sloan-McCann holds two First Class degrees and has been called to the Bar of England and Wales, and the Bar of Northern Ireland.  She has extensive experience of student appeals and appears in Court regularly.

For more on Amy Sloan-McCann, please click here.

Edward Dobson has a BA in Politics & History and an LLM in Law.  He is a practising barrister, appearing in court almost every day.  He previously worked for the University of Durham.  For more on Edward Dobson, please click here.

Susan Jones

Susan Jones studied law at Queen's University Belfast, where she came top in her year.  She won the Sweet & Maxwell Prize for most distinguished student in LLB final examinations.  As a barrister, Susan has practised in the areas of crime, personal injury, criminal negligence, and inquests.  She appears in court regularly.

All initial enquiries are without cost or obligation, so please call us now on 0800 368 9230 or complete our Free Online Enquiry.

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10 Reasons to Choose Alpha Academic Appeals

  • Same day appointments available.  Fast access to university appeal experts.
  • Highly qualified team of 8 specialist barristers (click here for the difference between barristers and solicitors), including 1 accredited mediator
  • Free initial enquiry (subject to adviser availability) with no obligations
  • Specialism in student appeals and misconduct cases
  • Extensive experience and proven track record (see Reviews)
  • Team lead by 2 former university lecturers, with insider knowledge of universities
  • Fixed price. No unpredictable hourly rates for reading documents, answering e-mails, etc
  • Approachable and personal service, available 7 days a week, from 7.30am to 10pm (UK time)
  • We train university staff and student advisers
  • Embassies, solicitors, academics and student unions refer students to us for help with their appeals

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