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Archive of: 2016

I have just moved into a new borough and my school of choice is refusing to admit my child, what action can I take?

I have just moved into a new borough and my school of choice is refusing to admit my child, what action can I take?
If your school of choice is refusing to admit your child and you feel that the school's decision has not been reached fairly, then it is your legal right to challenge that decision. Every UK school has a formal admissions policy that must be applied to every application.

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Anita Chopra Wins Lawyer Monthly’s Legal Awards 2016 Education Lawyer of the Year - UK

Anita Chopra Wins Lawyer Monthly’s Legal Awards 2016 Education Lawyer of the Year - UK
We are happy and proud to announce that Anita Chopra has won Lawyer Monthly’s Legal Awards 2016 Education Lawyer of the Year – UK.

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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?
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. If you genuinely feel your university is in breach of contract, you are well within your legal rights to mount a legal challenge.

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I am studying for a Ph.D. and have reason to believe that the examiners are not specialised in the field of research being examined. What action can I take?

I am studying for a Ph.D. and have reason to believe that the examiners are not specialised in the field of research being examined. What action can I take?
The relationship between a Ph.D student and their supervisors is extremely important. If the relationship is dysfunctional, this can cause severe problems for the student involved. Unfortunately, many Ph.D students do not realise that they have rights when it comes to unfair treatment at the hands of their educators and supervisors.

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I have withdrawn my child from their independent school, and they are now chasing me for school fees. What can I do?

I have withdrawn my child from their independent school, and they are now chasing me for school fees. What can I do?
One of the most common reasons why parents ask us to intervene in a dispute is when there has been an issue with their child's independent school, and they feel that they have been left with no choice other than to remove their child from that school. When this happens, independent schools often respond by deciding that the existing contract has been broken and demand the continued payment of school fees.

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I am unhappy with the decision made by the OIA and want to progress with a judicial review. What do I need to do?

I am unhappy with the decision made by the OIA and want to progress with a judicial review. What do I need to do?
When you need to make a complaint against your university and all of your university's internal procedures have been exhausted, you must turn to the OIA. If you are then not satisfied with the OIA's decision, you have the right to challenge it and apply for a judicial review.

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I have been asked to attend a mediation session prior to making a SEND Appeal. What will this entail?

I have been asked to attend a mediation session prior to making a SEND Appeal. What will this entail?
Consideration of third party mediation is compulsory before any appeal is made to a First-Tier Tribunal when a child or young person's SEND status is in dispute. Mediation is an informal meeting of two parties where they discuss their disagreement in the hope of reaching an agreement and avoiding an official tribunal.

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Match Solicitors shortlisted for the Legal 500 Awards 2017

Match Solicitors shortlisted for the Legal 500 Awards 2017
Match Solicitors are very proud to have been shortlisted for the second year running for The Legal 500 UK Awards 2017 in the Education: Individual category as best niche practice.

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Match helps client obtain 2:1 degree classification despite missing out by small margin

Match helps client obtain 2:1 degree classification despite missing out by small margin
We were recently instructed by a client who had missed out on a 2:1 degree classification by a small margin. It transpired that our client had mitigating circumstances for one of the examinations that he had sat, but he was advised that he could not submit mitigation at the time due to the University operating a ‘fit to sit’ policy.

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Match gives student opportunity to resubmit for PhD

Match gives student opportunity to resubmit for PhD
We were instructed by a client who had failed his second PhD attempt and thus had been awarded an MPhil rather than the PhD he had hoped to achieve.

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