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Dispute resolution in higher education

higher education


We live in an increasingly litigious society. Students increasingly see themselves as consumers and are more willing to exercise their rights in the courts than ever before. Universities are also impacted by disputes arising from their commercial operations including disputes with suppliers of infrastructure/utilities, technology and consumables.

Our dedicated disputes resolution teams have extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution, arbitration, adjudication and litigation. Supported by an in-house advocacy team and a cost team we can offer higher education institutions (HEIs) a “one stop shop” for all their dispute resolution needs.

What we offer

Our team adopts a flexible, solutions-based approach to resolving a wide range of complex disputes, with specialism in areas such as:

Why choose Browne Jacobson

As a full-service law firm with legal specialists across the country, we can draw in expertise to assist with your bespoke dispute-related requirements – from commercial, funding or property disputes to employment, student or regulatory challenges. For more information, please contact Chloe Poskitt or Paul Kirkpatrick.

Recent experience

  • Advising a university in relation to a multi-million-pound energy dispute, which included analysis of the contractual obligations, force majeure, termination options and advice on breaches.

  • Advising a university in a dispute with a provider of gym platforms and flooring to the university’s fitness centre.

  • Acting for a university subject to an urgent application for injunctive relief for the purposes of restraining the university from bringing internal disciplinary proceedings against a member of staff.

  • Advising a number of HEIs and their insurers on complaints and claims for ‘failure to educate’.

  • Advising a university on a student complaint about an alleged lack of transparency over additional costs on a masters course, unsuitable module tutors and a number of other related issues.

  • Advising a university on a student’s disability discrimination claim where it was alleged the discrimination led to her being unable to acquire qualification.

What the directories say...

Browne Jacobson has a determination to always follow everything through in the client’s best interests. The way the team works together is striking.

Legal 500 2021

Browne Jacobson LLP combines a strong local market presence in high-stakes, multimillion-pound disputes. It demonstrates market-leading capabilities across a diverse range of sectors.

Legal 500 2019

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