Our education team are legal specialists in further and higher education law. University is often a key pathway to an individual’s future career and quality of life. For many students, their time at university is a positive experience. Unfortunately, for some students there can be a breakdown in the relationship between them and their university. In these cases, a wrong decision by a university can affect a student’s ability to complete their course and obtain the qualification they deserve. This in turn can have a significant and detrimental effect on that student’s career prospects.

There are times where universities will make incorrect academic decisions which can lead to a student being given a coursework or examination failure or lesser mark which in turn can lead to them failing their degree or being awarded a lesser degree classification. Universities from time to time also unreasonably turn down requests for extenuating or mitigating circumstances, this again can impact on a student’s ability to complete their course or achieve a degree classification they deserve. These decisions should not go unchallenged, our education team have expertise to potentially overturn such decisions and help students achieve to their potential.

Unfortunately, there are times where a student’s conduct may be brought into question by a university. An adverse finding can impact on a student’s degree classification or can lead to their course place being terminated. This may prevent them from pursuing their career of choice and leave them in unnecessary debt. Our education team are experts in supporting, advising and representing students in internal university disciplinary proceedings and taking the matter further when necessary. We have helped ensure that students could complete their studies and achieve the degree classification they deserve.

Sometimes students feel that the quality of teaching, guidance and support of their university falls below adequate standards. Our team can help advise on how to address these issues internally through the university’s complaints procedure or through external legal action.

Outside of internal university proceedings, our team have expertise in bringing and conducting complaints to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education and can advise on further courses of action such as civil court proceedings as well as potential judicial reviews.

Geldards offers a free telephone consultation to all potential clients, which means you will have the opportunity to discuss your case with an expert lawyer before deciding on what action to take. We will always provide honest and impartial advice regarding the strength of your case and whether you should pursue it. Contact us now and arrange a free telephone consultation with one of our expert lawyers who will discuss your case with you, in plain English without any legal jargon. Our lawyers will consider your case and help you understand the best steps forward. Services we provide:

What we can help you with:

  • Advising and conducting internal university appeals,
  • Advising and bringing complaints regarding the quality of a course, supervision and support as well as the conduct of university staff and other students,

  • Advising and conducting complaints to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education

  • Advising and defending students in internal university disciplinary proceedings in cases of:

    • Academic misconduct:

    • Cheating and plagiarism;

    • Collusion; and

    • Bringing the university into disrepute.

  • Advising and representing students in internal fitness to practice proceedings

  • Advising on potential civil court proceedings

  • Advising on potential judicial review proceedings


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Adam Friel


Partner, London

+44 (0)20 7489 6448


Kevin McManamon


Senior Associate, London

020 7489 6446