Education

Educational institutions face many challenges in the day to day operation of their business as they strive for higher learning standards amidst tighter financial constraints and seemingly higher expectations being placed upon them by students.

We understand the pressures and challenges faced by this sector and work with institutions to pre-empt potential challenges faced in the future providing training and advice, with as little interruption to the day job as possible.

Our advice covers the entire business of delivering education, including:

  • governance issues
  • student litigation
  • regulatory matters
  • dealing with Freedom of information requests and subject access requests under the Data Protection Act 1998
  • procurement disputes
  • reputation management

Examples of our experience include: 

  • Advising a higher education institution in complex, multi-party High Court proceedings relating to the operation of an introducer agreement; the claims had a collective value of circa £7M.
  • Advising a higher education institution regarding the suspected illegal operation of a contract and its impact on issues of governance and compliance with its statutory obligations.
  • Advising a university and senior members of its governing board in relation to a highly sensitive reputation management/defamation matter
  • Advising a consortium of further education colleges on a complex and high value breach of contract and suspected fraud action against an external training provider
  • Advising a higher education institution on challenging funding decisions made by the Welsh Education minister by way of judicial review

Some of our clients include: 

  • Glyndwr University
  • Bridgend College
  • Pembrokeshire College
  • Aberystwyth University
  • University of South Wales