We live in an increasingly litigious society and appreciate that disputes can be divisive, disruptive and expensive to resolve. For HEIs these can range from claims from students and former students to judicial review proceedings and from debt recovery proceedings to complex international disputes with collaboration partners.
Irrespective of a university's legal position, we recognise the benefits of taking a flexible approach to disputes, depending on the issues in dispute, the prospects of cost recovery and the wider regulatory and reputational context. For each dispute, we explore the HEI's objectives and propose an appropriate strategy, including helping to manage any wider ancillary issues such as insurance cover, regulatory reporting, data protection and FOI requests and reputation protection.
The team at VWV was professional, responsive and supportive in providing advice in a fast moving and cutting edge area of law. The level of resource made available was exceptional (while competitively priced) and the focus of all the team was unstintingly to support the University and protect its reputation.
We have extensive experience of a variety of dispute resolution mechanisms, including alternative dispute resolution, arbitration, adjudication and litigation and can advise you of the implications of each so you can make an informed choice about your preferred strategy.
We have a dedicated team of dispute resolution lawyers who will give you pragmatic advice and who have the breadth and depth of experience necessary to deal with complex commercial and regulatory disputes. We regularly deal with urgent situations requiring interim remedies, such as injunctions and can always be contacted out of hours if an emergency arises.