When accused of misconduct by the university, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the disciplinary process. At its most severe, a finding of guilt can result in expulsion with knock-on effects on future job prospects. It can destroy a student’s confidence.
At the moment, we are seeing a number of students accused of breaching COVID-19 rules, with a threat of immediate expulsion if found guilty.
We aim to reduce the inevitable stress of the process and help students produce the best defence possible.
Our team of 14 barristers has extensive experience of defending students accused of anything from inappropriate posts on social media to unconsensual sex. As some of the allegations are quasi-criminal in nature, we have specialist advisers with experience in criminal cases. Several of our barristers were former Crown Prosecution Service ("CPS") advocates. Other advisers are experts in disability discrimination and the Equality Act. We work 7 days a week and are available for a confidential consultation within hours.
Our motto – Heavyweight Barristers. Fighting Your Corner – reflects our desire to produce the most compelling defence in what can seem like a contest between David (the student) v Goliath (the University).
The parents of D, a final year undergraduate student from one of the London universities, wrote to us after a successful appeal:
"Just to let you know that the appeal has been successful. D is allowed to repeat his final year. We feel relief after almost two months of agony. There was no help from the tutor, student union, or university, whatever they said on the website. Without you, we wouldn't have stood a chance. No money can pay for what you did for us. Thank you."
We are trusted by embassies, academics and student unions, and we train university staff and student advisers on how to conduct misconduct cases in a fair and equitable manner. We recently featured as experts on the BBC documentary on the Warwick University Rape Chat Scandal. The documentary can be watched on BBC iplayer here.