What is Breach of Contract, Negligence & Discrimination?
University is becoming more and more expensive, and with rising costs come rising expectations. Every student is entitled to attend a university which is well staffed, professionally run, and considers the health and safety of its students to be a top priority. When these expectations are not met, the university may be accused of breach of contract, negligence, and/or discrimination.
There is a contract at the heart of any university course. As the student, you pay up to £9,000 per year and in return you expect to receive a higher-level education which hopefully results in the qualification you are seeking.
The details of this contract are laid out in the rules, regulations and handbooks of the University, and both parties agree to follow this contract until the completion of the degree, or until one or both parties decide to part ways. But it is also important to remember that the contract exists to protect both the student and the university in the event that there is a breach, an accusation of negligence, or an instance of discrimination.
Breach of contract, negligence and discrimination are all covered under UK law. These laws may be relevant when dealing with issues such as absentee tutors, administrative errors which cause pain or inconvenience for the student, a lack of adequate supervision for PhD candidates, or a failure to ensure the health and safety of the student while on university premises, to name just a few examples.
We have dealt with a number of these types of cases, achieving favourable outcomes for our clients. While each case is unique, there is often precedent which has been codified into the law and used as a guiding principle for any legal defence. For instance, the case of Clarke v Lincolnshire & Humberside resulted in an Appeal Court ruling established the concept of a contractual relationship between the student and the university; describing it as a hybrid relationship which is subject to both public law and private law.
Regarding disability cases, we would primarily refer to The Equality Act of 2010, which contains specific advice on dealing with discrimination in the further and higher education sector.
We work with some of the top education law barristers and mediators to put together a detailed legal analysis of your case and advise you on next steps.
If you want to know more about how we can help with your breach of contract, negligence or discrimination case, please do not hesitate to contact us today
and let our team know the details of your specific case. We will work closely with you and advise on the best action to take.