Student Compensation Claims Stayed for 8 Months


Re: Re: Re: Hamon & Ors v University College London [2023] EWHC 1812 (KB)

The Claimants, 924 current and former students at University College London (“UCL”), sought a Group Litigation Order (“GLO”) in relation to their breach of contract claims against UCL in respect of its alleged failure to provide in-person tuition during the academic teaching years 2017-2018, 2019-2020, 2020-2021 and 2021-2022, where teaching days have been cancelled due to strike action and/or where tuition was moved online and access to facilities restricted due to Covid.

UCL applied for a stay of the proceedings to enable the Claimants to utilise UCL’s internal complaints procedure and the statute backed ADR scheme operated by the Office of the Independent Adjudicator.

Senior Master Fontaine acceded to UCL’s application and granted a stay of 8 months. She adjourned the Claimants’ GLO application, noting that in any event the GLO application was currently unable to proceed.

A copy of Senior Master Fontaine’s judgment is here.

Claire Darwin KC acted for University College London, led by John Taylor KC, and instructed by Pinsent Masons LLP.