Disputes are an unfortunate reality for schools and colleges. The types of dispute that can arise include debt claims to recover school fees, actions relating to admissions, child safeguarding and a wide range of disputes relating to the running of a school and school closures. Our litigation and dispute resolution experience is wide ranging involving actions in the County Court and High Court.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Parties should always consider whether their disagreement is capable of resolution without the need for court proceedings. It is important to take advice as soon as a dispute arises. We have years of experience of achieving excellent outcomes for clients through round table discussions, mediation and/or arbitration. Often agreement or settlement can be achieved very quickly even without ADR.
Sometimes parties are not able to resolve their differences for a variety of reasons. Whilst litigation should in most circumstances be a last resort, there may be a need for court action in some cases. Defendants in litigation should act in a way which protects their interests. This is generally done by taking advice and participating in the proceedings as soon as possible and seeking resolution.