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Students meet in London to learn about University fee compensation

There was a full house at Leigh Day’s office in Farringdon.

University students meet some of the Leigh Day team
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Bozena is head of the product safety and consumer law team at Leigh Day. She specialises in product liability group actions. 
There was a full house at Leigh Day’s office in Farringdon for the London University Fee Compensation Meeting with students attending from a number of London Universities such as SOAS, Birkbeck, UCL, Kings, Imperial and Queen Mary.  We were also joined by students from further afield including Kent and Sheffield.  Our meeting followed a very successful seminar with students from Southampton University in May. 
 
Jamie Beagent, Partner in the Human Rights Department, discussed a potential legal challenge to the high interests rates charged on student loans which currently are higher than market rates. The Head of the Product Safety & Consumer Law department, Boz Michalowska, and Assistant Solicitor Harriet Bass, ran through the various routes of redress available to students, the basis of any legal claim, the likely levels of compensation, the defences available to the Universities and the practicalities of bringing a claim.
 
There was very lively discussion about students’ different experiences as a result of the strikes and we were shocked to hear about how badly some students have been treated. We heard about how little or no notice had been given in regards to the cancellation of lectures and tutorials, how no adequate arrangements had been made to make up for the lost teaching time, how students were expected to teach themselves for exams that they still had to sit, how key modules had been cancelled, how students had been denied access to key resources and were physically barred from using library facilities, and how students’ complaints and protests had been completely ignored by the University authorities and ultimately student grades had been affected.
 
The meeting really strengthened our resolve to make sure students are properly compensated and convinced us of the strength of the case against the London Universities.
 
We are keen to hear about the experiences of students in other Universities and to start the discussion as to how students can most effectively enforce their rights. We will therefore be organising a series of further meetings around the country starting in September. If you are interested in helping us organise one near your University, please do get in touch by emailing uniclaims@leighday.co.uk. Details of the meetings will be posted on the website.

For more information please see www.LeighDay.co.uk/UniversityFeesClaim

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