I strongly agree with Capers.
The appeal system was devised so that parents did not
have to pay for professional advice or seek a remedy in the courts.
Even if you don't present your case well, a good panel (and that is the vast majority of panels) will tease out the important facts.
A panel has an "enabling role" when parents find the process difficult, and will be sympathetic. On the other hand, they will see through a slick presentation and not be impressed.
My experience, when the adviser actually came along to the hearing, was invariably that the parents would have been better off without his or her input. I can think of only one case when I was really impressed ........ but we would have upheld that appeal anyway!
Some advisers claim high success rates. They might, of course, be picking and choosing their cases - and even then, a successful outcome might well be despite their efforts not because of them.
Forumadmin offered to pay for the work that went into the Q&As. I declined, but offered to let him charge for access to help cover his running expenses. He declined.
A helping hand is always welcome - but you can get that for free on this forum .......