Further & Higher Education
Match Solicitors is the leading law firm for matters relating to further and higher education.
Headed up by Rishi Mital and overseen by Director Salima Mawji, both considered leaders in the field of the law of higher education, the Further and Higher Education department of Match Solicitors is best placed to advise students when there is a relationship breakdown between the student and their university.
Disciplinary proceedings can have a dramatic affect not only on a student’s ability to complete their course of study, but an adverse finding can also have significant and detrimental effects on job prospects following university. Match Solicitors regularly represent students called before their university disciplinary, or academic misconduct, panels in cases of plagiarism, ghost writing, bringing the university into disrepute, cheating and cases where students have been convicted of criminal offences and is able to advise and represent students through the entirety of the process.
Alongside disciplinary proceedings, students often find themselves having to challenge academic decisions including degree mark classification, coursework failure and examination failure. Or, decisions not to grant extenuating or mitigating circumstances. Match Solicitors have expertise in challenging all manner of academic decisions from the commencement of proceedings immediately following the decisions up to and including challenges in the High Court against decisions of the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education.
Alongside internal proceedings, Match Solicitors have a highly regarded expertise in bringing complaints to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education and are able to advise from the outset on the grounds of complaint, are able to complete and submit complaint forms and grounds of complaint alongside, where relevant, necessary evidence and schedules of loss, and then to represent students throughout the process.
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“ We were very happy to hand over our case to Match Solicitors and allow them to do what they do best - they won our appeal. They make no guarantees but at least you know, whether you win or lose, they have done their best for your child. ”
“ I found the overall service extremely professional, knowledgeable, efficient and sensitive with regard to my matter. I felt Match always kept me informed and abreast of procedures with legal explanation wherever necessary. arose I would have no hesitation in approaching Match again and would have pleasure in recommending their services to anyone in need of professional educational assistance. ”
“ Match Solicitors were highly recommended to us not only for their undisputed comprehensive knowledge of the SEN legal minefield, but for their understanding of autism and other disorders and consequent compassionate work ethic. Their diligence and consummate professionalism ensured that the Local Authority were forced to take our son’s case seriously. It is almost impossible to articulate how grateful we are to Rishi and Anita for their hard work and dedication. ”