Jaswinder Gill

Consultant Solicitor

Jaswinder-Gill

Education law continues to expand rapidly in recent times with greater importance on individuals who expect to receive high levels of teaching standards to match the huge personal and financial costs of ever-increasing tuition fees being demanded by education providers for their services.

Jaswinder Gill qualified as a solicitor in 1991. He set up his own practice Gills Solicitors, in 1995 to specialise in education law. After 10 successful years, he joined Omerods as a partner, followed by consultancy at various London firms.

Jaswinder Gill is an expert litigator specialising exclusively in education law with over 25 years experience and a wealth of knowledge.

Jaswinder is a member of the Inquest Lawyers Group, working predominantly with bereaved families in student suicide cases in Higher Education across the UK. On behalf of the parents of the bereaved, he works together with the Coroner to show that case evidence reveals real concerns about student suicides at UK Universities.

His pioneering work is well recognised nationally and is well respected as a field leader within this niche area of Education Law; a reflection of his high success rate in this area of work and has undertaken many complex, high profile cases in education. He has made many appearances on the TV and Radio as an expert on Education Law.

He is able to provide incisive expert legal advice to students about their about their legal rights and remedies in clear and simple language as well as key important practical tips and guidance within an ever-increasing complex framework of Education Law.

Jaswinder acts for student clients both nationwide and internationally in claims against UK Schools, Colleges and Universities and can provide user-friendly legal advice on all aspects of higher education.

Jaswinder is able to provide a truly comprehensive service. He recognises the need for efficiency in resolving issues and the importance of taking advice at early stages so that corrective action can be taken speedily with peace of mind and at least expense. He is ideally placed to help resolve any type of dispute faced by a student in higher education.

SERVICES:
– Working with bereaved families of student suicide inquests
– Admissions and Exclusions
– Discipline and Misconduct
– Debt and Fees
– Data Protection and Freedom of Information
– Intellectual Property
– Internal Complaints and Appeals
– Fitness to Practise
– Special educational needs
– Disability Discrimination and Human Rights
– Educational negligence
– Breach of Contract
– Litigation and Injunctions
– Public law and Judicial Review
– Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation
– Complaints to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA)

CASE STUDIES:
– England and Buckingham v Rycotewood case ( Oxford County Court 2004)
– Landmark case setting legal precedent which ruled that students may now recover damages for loss of enjoyment and disappointment against – Universities arising out breach of contract.

PRESS COVERAGE – THE TELEGRAPH & TES:

– Wilkinson v Aston University CA 2004
This case challenged the old University Visitor for failing to comply with Article 6 of Human Rights Act. This landmark case resulted in the abolition of the University Visitor in 2004 and formation of the Office of Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA).

– Conrad Nyamutata v The University of Lancaster 2010
Whether it is lawful for a university to withhold the award of a student’s degree on the basis of alleged monies owing.

– Maria Lavelle v Winchester University (High Court, Chancery Division) 2010
Whether it is lawful for a university to withhold the award of a student’s degree on the basis of alleged monies owing to it in its capacity as a landlord of student residential accommodation.

PRESS COVERAGE – THE INDEPENDENT & THE TELEGRAPH:

– R (on the application of Shelley Maxwell) v Office of the Independent Adjudicator (on going to Court of Appeal in July 2011)
Judicial review concerning the approach of the OIA to claims of disability discrimination. Press Coverage:

PRESS COVERAGE – THE INDEPENDENT & THE GUARDIAN:

– R (on the application of Sandhar) v Office of the Independent Adjudicator 2011 (on going to Court of Appeal in 2011).
Judicial review concerning the approach of the OIA with regards to the Human Rights Act and a direct challenge of its independence due to conflict of interest as funded by Universities.

– R (on the application of Budd) v Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education [2010] EWHC 1056 (Admin).
Scope of exercise of powers of investigation of OIA.

– Agarwal v. Health Professions Council 2009
professional discipline and appropriate sanctions under fitness to practice: HPC conceded to their decision being quashed on the day of the hearing

– Roger Ford (Disability Discrimination) 2009

PRESS COVERAGE – LAW GAZETTE:

– R (On the application of Sharma) v The Royal College of Psychiatrists 2009 (judicial review)

PRESS COVERAGE – THE GUARDIAN:

– Rebecca Clay v Lincolnshire University 2008 (breach of contract)

Jaswinder-Gill
Services & Specialisms

Expert advice & representation in these areas

  • Public Inquiries and Inquests

    Inquests can be demanding, high-pressure situations for all involved, which is why strong legal advice is invaluable. We have experience dealing with the most contentious of issues, as well as providing support throughout the whole process.

Organisations & Accreditations

Memberships

  • Member of Law Society
  • Inquest Lawyers Group

Jaswinder is able to provide a truly comprehensive service. He recognises the need for efficiency in resolving issues and the importance of taking advice at early stages so that corrective action can be taken speedily with peace of mind and at least expense.

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