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I believe that my university is in breach of contract but I don't want to get involved in litigation. What are the alternatives?

I believe that my university is in breach of contract but I don't want to get involved in litigation. What are the alternatives?

If you believe your university is in breach of contract but you don't want to become embroiled in a lengthy, stressful and potentially extremely costly litigation process, you should give us a call at Match Solicitors to discuss your case. At Match, we have an excellent reputation for winning breach of contract cases against universities or reaching settlements that are satisfactory to both parties, without the need to go to court. This is something we strive to do in every case.

It is important to remember that if you genuinely feel your university is in breach of contract, you are well within your legal rights to mount a legal challenge.

The relationship between educational institutions and students is a contractual one and, as such the law that relates to consumer contracts can be applied to a university.

What constitutes a breach of contract?

Since 1998, university fees have been increased regularly and sometimes quite dramatically, rising from zero to around £9,000 in some cases. Meanwhile, the price of studying for the average UK Ph.D. course is currently between £3,000 and £6,000 per year (with this figure rising to as much as £18,000 for students from abroad). Bearing all of this in mind, students who are unhappy with the standard of their education and feel that the contract they have signed with their educational institution has been breached should certainly remember that the law is there to protect them, and that they are not without options.

There are a number of situations that can constitute breach of contract between student and university, including but not limited to the following:

  • lack of attendance on the part of university tutors and/or lecturers
  • university staff committing serious errors with regard to internal procedures
  • failure on behalf of universities to provide competent and satisfactory supervision
  • failure to provide the required facilities for any given course

An assessment of your case

One of the services we offer at Match Solicitors is that we can provide you with a detailed legal analysis of your case, including a clear assessment of your case's strengths and weaknesses. We can also arrange a conference with specialist barristers who have specific experience of dealing with breach of contract cases within UK universities. We will give you a sincere appraisal of the likely path your case would take, including any costs that would be incurred and any damages you would be likely to recover.

At Match Solicitors, we have managed to intervene on behalf of a great many students in university breach of contract cases and on many occasions, have managed to settle without litigation.

If you would like to discuss your case with one of our team and decide what if any action you would like to take, give us a call today.

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