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Dispute Resolution & Litigation

Resolving Higher Education Disputes

We live in an increasingly litigious society and appreciate that disputes can be divisive, disruptive and expensive to resolve. We have seen an increase in both complaints and subsequent litigation by higher education students with litigation by way of damages claims and judicial review. With the increase in tuition fees, we see no sign of this abating.

We provide a cohesive dispute resolution service, identifying and advising on related issues, such as data protection and FOI requests, reputation protection and charity governance, as they arise.

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How can we help?

  • We will discuss your objectives at an early stage and will advise you about the best options for you.

  • We will explore the practicality of pursuing a resolution of any dispute through mediation or other procedures, rather than through litigation at an early stage (as required)

  • Where court action is appropriate, we will run your case with your objectives in mind.

Dispute Resolution Mechanisms

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.

Our Dispute Resolution Team

We have a dedicated team of dispute resolution solicitors who will give you pragmatic advice and who have the breadth and depth of experience necessary to deal with complex commercial and regulatory disputes to student claims. As part of our work, we deal with urgent situations requiring interim remedies, such as injunctions and can always be contacted out of hours if an emergency arises.

For more information, please contact Tabitha Cave on 0117 314 5381.

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VWV have a well-deserved strong reputation within HE sector. They are subject matter experts on equality and diversity and are quick to update on latest reviews and case law. But their real strength is their ability to correlate likely implications and actions needed by HEIs by their developed understanding and knowledge of Higher Education institutions.

  • Jacqui Marshall - Deputy Registrar and Director of HR
  • University of Exeter

Meet the Team

Our Education team is ranked in the top tier of Chambers & Partners UK wide category and Legal 500.

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Bettina Rigg - Partner at VWV
Jane Byford - Partner at VWV

Employment Law

Higher Education

Further Education

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Property Litigation

Landlord & Tenant Matters

Public Sector


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