Recently I have had quite a few enquiries regarding my New York Bar qualification. It would appear that a number of aspiring young lawyers in England are looking to pop over and qualify in the US. I would of course highly recommend any lawyer to obtain dual qualification if they are in the position to […]

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There is a need for solicitors to get involved in internal university appeals for a number of reasons; firstly this week alone my involvement has managed to successfully get a medical student back into medical school… Secondly, a student can feel overwhelmed by the complex Rules and Regulations governing the various internal procedures. Thirdly, solicitors […]

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So let’s discuss these Hearings in dark rooms in an obscure part of the University Building, does room 64B31C even exist? “Sure your legal advisor can come” says the Panel Secretary three days prior to the hearing. “Oh no sorry, the Chair of the Panel Hearing says your legal advisor is not allowed in the room” says […]

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Having the opportunity, not to mention the academic ability, to do a PhD can be a wonderful experience. For many students they spend years submerged in their area of interest developing a real expertise in the field. Most have the opportunity to learn from learned academics that help guide, steer and support their learning in […]

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Exam season is upon us, for some they will matter (a lot), for others it will be first year formality. Whatever your situation, exam season is never a fun time. These days it barely feels like one examination period has passed before another one pops up. The biggest mistake students make is sitting exams and […]

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Recently on the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) website I discovered that under one of the frequently asked questions the OIA actively advises students not to seek legal representation when submitting a complaint to the OIA. As a higher education law solicitor who has dealt with submitting complaints to the OIA on a number […]

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It can in fact be difficult to determine when something becomes an internal complaint. Does an informal verbal discussion with a lecturer about problems, issues, complaints constitute a potential complaint? Or, what if you start to appeal a decision and then become influenced by others to abandon the appeal? Or, you are time barred from […]

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In 2012 the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) introduced the Annual Letters. The Annual Letters are open letters to each Higher Education Institution (HEI) detailing the number of student complaints received by the OIA in respect of that HEI. The purpose of the introduction of the Annual Letters was to create transparency in respect […]

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