Breach of trust, directors and corporate trustees: multiple derivative claims following McGaughey v USS – Wilberforce Chambers

‘It is commonplace now for the trustee of almost any sort of trust to be a company, and for the individuals who may colloquially be referred to as “the trustees” to in fact not be trustees at all, but to be the directors of the trustee company. Occupational pension schemes have been particularly keen adopters of this structure. In some respects it makes little difference to the beneficiaries: the trustee is the trustee, whether an individual or a company. But when the individuals involved are alleged to have acted in breach of their duties, the corporate structure allows for more complex claims than the ordinary breach of trust claim that would be brought against individual trustees.’

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Wilberforce Chambers, 20th December 2022

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Covid: Uni students’ legal action over pandemic education – BBC News

Posted November 3rd, 2022 in complaints, coronavirus, education, fees, news, universities by sally

‘Thousands of students are taking legal action against their universities over their education during the pandemic.’

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BBC News, 1st November 2022

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LiP support goes hybrid with 700 law student volunteers – Legal Futures

Posted October 17th, 2022 in charities, litigants in person, news, universities, volunteers by sally

‘The charity that supports litigants in person (LiPs) is launching an expanded university-focused service this autumn, offering a mixture of in-person and online advice.’

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Legal Futures, 17th October 2022

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Former UCL academic to pay damages after harassing colleague for months – The Guardian

Posted October 12th, 2022 in damages, defamation, employment, harassment, internet, news, universities by tracey

‘A former academic at University College London must pay almost £50,000 in damages to a former colleague after falsely portraying her as a sex worker on social media as part of a months-long campaign of harassment.’

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The Guardian,12th October 2022

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The Lost King: Legal action ‘likely’ against Richard III film – BBC News

Posted October 10th, 2022 in artistic works, defamation, news, universities by tracey

‘A university academic has said he is likely to take legal action against the makers of a new film about Richard III, which he said was “littered with inaccuracies”.’

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BBC News, 8th October 2022

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Student suicides: Parents seek law change to prevent deaths – BBC News

‘A group of parents whose children killed themselves at university are campaigning for a change in law to make the institutions more accountable. They want universities to have a legal duty of care towards their students, like schools already do.’

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BBC News, 7th October 2022

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Alexander Latham-Gambi: How Should We Teach the Johnson Government? (Possible) Pedagogical Shortcomings in the Face of (Arguable) Constitutional Vandalism – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted September 16th, 2022 in constitutional law, government departments, legal education, news, universities by tracey

‘It may reasonably be argued that the Johnson Government launched a determined assault upon the UK constitutional settlement. We are failing in our duty as teachers of constitutional law if we do not equip our students with the tools to appraise this argument. Some of the features of the way in which public law is typically taught in UK universities stand in the way of so equipping our students. Or so I shall argue.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 14th September 2022

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Christian group brings discrimination case against Cambridge college – BBC News

‘A Christian campaign group is taking legal action against a Cambridge University college after an event booking was rejected.’

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BBC News, 15th September 2022

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UK work visa for elite graduates is exclusive and based on flawed assumptions – EIN Blog

Posted June 28th, 2022 in immigration, news, universities, visas by sally

‘The UK government’s announcement of a new work visa option aimed at attracting top graduates has elicited some backlash because the list of eligible institutions features no universities from Africa, Latin America or South Asia. The Conversation Africa’s Nontobeko Mtshali asked Orla Quinlan, Director of Internationalisation at Rhodes University in South Africa, to share her thoughts on the implications such visa programmes have for international integration and intercultural efforts in higher education.’

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EIN Blog, 27th June 2022

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C of E procedures on racial injustice ‘inadequate’, says Cambridge college – The Guardian

‘The Church of England’s procedures for addressing issues of racial injustice and contested heritage are “inadequate” and “not fit for purpose”, according to the head of Jesus College at the University of Cambridge.’

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The Guardian, 12th April 2022

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Oxford college pays damages to woman after alleged rape by fellow student – The Guardian

‘A University of Oxford college has pledged to overhaul its handling of sexual assault cases after paying damages to settle a legal action taken by a woman who said she was raped by a fellow student.’

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The Guardian, 1st April 2022

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What you need to know about the new High Potential Individual visa route – EIN Blog

Posted April 4th, 2022 in employment, immigration, news, universities, visas by sally

‘The High Potential Individual (HPI) route is similar to the Graduate route but offered to recent graduates of the top ranking universities outside the UK. This route opens on 30 May 2022.’

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EIN Blog, 31st March 2022

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Dispute with priest threatens to mire Oxford college in scandal – Financial Times

Posted January 24th, 2022 in Christianity, compensation, employment, harassment, news, sexual offences, universities by tracey

‘The head of one of Oxford university’s grandest colleges has indicated that he will agree to step down after a long-running dispute in a deal that includes a £1.5m pay-off and the settlement of a sexual harassment claim against him.’

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Financial Times, 21st January 2022

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‘Loud’ academic awarded more than £100,000 for unfair dismissal – The Guardian

Posted January 18th, 2022 in compensation, news, unfair dismissal, universities by tracey

‘A senior academic who says she was sacked from her post in a university’s physics department because of her loud voice has been awarded more than £100,000 after winning a claim for unfair dismissal.’

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The Guardian, 18th January 2022

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High Court strikes out law professor’s libel claims – Legal Futures

‘The High Court has struck out libel claims made by a former Warwick University law professor against two fellow academics, an investigator and a law student.’

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Legal Futures, 10th January 2022

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‘Loud’ academic wins unfair dismissal case against university – The Guardian

‘A senior academic who claimed she was sacked because her bosses could not tolerate her “naturally loud” voice and passionate teaching style has won her case for unfair dismissal.’

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The Guardian, 7th December 2021

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English universities risk breaking law over offer withdrawals, say ministers – The Guardian

Posted November 29th, 2021 in competition, education, news, school children, universities by tracey

‘Universities in England risk breaking competition laws if they add loopholes letting them withdraw offers from students at the last minute if courses are oversubscribed, ministers and regulators have told vice-chancellors.’

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The Guardian, 29th November 2021

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Father’s court battle to save daughter from cult’s clutches – BBC News

‘A dad who went to court to save his daughter from the clutches of a cult has told BBC’s File on 4 programme the groups have been ripping families apart. The programme has spoken to experts who claimed there were as many as 2,000 suspected cults active in the UK, with some recruiting university students.’

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BBC News, 23rd November 2021

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Diversity scheme launched in Liverpool to inspire next generation of lawyers – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted November 9th, 2021 in Crown Prosecution Service, diversity, legal profession, news, universities by tracey

‘Dozens of legal hopefuls from Liverpool and Manchester have started a scheme relaunched today in Liverpool aimed at encouraging people of different walks of life into law. The Anthony Walker Pathways initiative was launched by the Crown Prosecution Service with the Anthony Walker Foundation, National Black Crown Prosecution Association, Liverpool John Moores University and Salford University. It aims to continue the increase diversity in the CPS by inspiring and supporting students of minority backgrounds into a rewarding career as a prosecutor.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 8th November 2021

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Anger over ‘grotesque abuse’ of £600,000 case to keep Mountbatten papers secret – The Guardian

Posted November 8th, 2021 in archives, costs, freedom of information, government departments, news, universities by tracey

‘The Cabinet Office has been accused of a “grotesque abuse” of public funds in a freedom of information battle over the personal diaries of Lord and Lady Mountbatten in which costs are now expected to exceed £600,000.’

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The Guardian, 7th November 2021

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