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Education Law – School and University Disciplinary Proceedings

With so much time, commitment and expense invested in education to face disciplinary proceedings at school or university is a potentially life changing experience and to be under prepared or not to have obtained the very best advice and representation can prove disastrous. We have experience in dealing with regulatory and disciplinary proceedings at the highest level and appreciate the circumstances and risks involved.

If you are facing any of the following allegations do not hesitate to contact an experienced regulatory solicitor at Edward Hayes who will be able to provide objective and clear advice to enable you to respond and obtain the most successful outcome possible in the circumstances.
  • Plagiarism
  • Academic dishonesty
  • Examination irregulatory
  • University disciplinary proceedings
  • Educational disciplinary proceedings
Misconduct is generally divided into minor or major cases and covers a wide range of matters which we are familiar. We have access to the best barristers and Queen’s Counsel and a proven track record. As in any litigious matter the sooner you contact us the better but even if you think it is too late we are likely to be able to assist. There are internal appeal procedures and judicial review and human rights issues that should always be considered.

Private Prosecutions for Individuals

When choosing a lawyer it is imperative that you ask about experience and success as well as cost and expectation! It constantly amazes us that so many companies and individuals instruct lawyers blindly. Contact us today for specialist help and advice.

What is a private prosecution?

With a lack of resources and hopeless inefficiency, government agencies are often not the best option for justice. There are now considerable advantages in mounting your own criminal private prosecution. A private prosecution is “a prosecution started by a private individual who is not acting on behalf of the police or any other prosecuting authority or body which conducts prosecutions”. The right of a private individual to bring a criminal prosecution is a historical one originating in the earliest days of the legal system. Although the need for private individuals to bring (and pay for) criminal prosecutions has largely disappeared since the creation of the office of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in 1879, the right to do so remains. It has been described as a “useful constitutional safeguard against capricious, corrupt or biased failure or refusal of the authorities, but is now far more than that. A criminal prosecution can be used alongside civil proceedings and has many advantages. Private prosecutions are not reliant on inefficient government agencies. Check out our record of success in defence work – over 80%. In the 18th Century, nearly all criminal prosecutions were pursued privately. Before the "Prosecution of Offences Act 1879" there were no public prosecutors. Police forces were gradually set up after 1829 and eventually established their own prosecution divisions. Indeed, it was only relatively recently that the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 established the Crown Prosecution Service (“CPS”). It should be noted however that the Director for Public Prosecutions retains a right under the same Act to take over a private prosecution and continue or discontinue it if it does not meet CPS prosecution standards, the “Code for Crown Prosecutors”.

Why does the ability to bring a private prosecution exist?

Lord Wilberforce in Gouriet v Union of Post Office Workers summarised it: “the individual, in such situations, who wishes to see the law enforced has a remedy of his own: he can bring a private prosecution. This historical right which goes right back to the earliest days of our legal system, though rarely exercised in relation to indictable offences… remains a valuable constitutional safeguard against inertia or partiality on the part of authority”.

Numerous crimes are not pursued because ”there is not enough evidence”, this often translates to “we cannot be bothered” or “it will cost too much” and is “not in the public interest.”

At Edward Hayes, you are in control of the investigation and case, we select the best investigators and trial advocates.

There are major costs incentive, you can claim costs and compensation from the defendant. Perhaps most attractively and even if the defendant is not in a position to pay costs or if the prosecution is not successful, the court can and should order “reasonable” costs for investigation and legal expenses to be paid out of central funds.

  • We win the majority of our cases – our lawyers have a fantastic record of success in defence and prosecution
  • There is no requirement for private prosecutions to satisfy the Code for Crown Prosecutors, which sets out the factors the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) should consider when deciding whether to institute a public prosecution

Our Criminal lawyers represent a major Government Department in the majority of its prosecution work in the South both in the Magistrates' Courts and Crown Courts, with a success rate of almost 100%. Our fraud and complex crime team include former prosecutors in some of the most complex cases and you only have to look at our defence case record and successes to assess our ability. Private prosecution is a real option for any victim of crime.

An alternative option

As an alternative, we can help victims of crime report a matter to the appropriate authority or agency. We can gather evidence to support an allegation and can then present it for you in a clear manner. We can also ensure that the investigating or prosecuting authority keeps you informed as to the progress of their investigation and whether anyone is to be charged with a criminal offence.

During any subsequent trial, we are able to provide you with advice as to court procedure or can attend in your absence to provide you with information as to the proceedings. Throughout we will bring you the same skills that we are recognised for in our defence work.

Contact us today for specialist help and advice.

False Allegation

Edward Hayes are the leading UK law firm in terms of successfully defeating false allegations in criminal, family and civil proceedings.

There are many circumstances in which somebody can be falsely accused and the implications are generally disastrous.

If you are accused of something you did not do you should contact our experts immediately.  We have particular expertise in dealing with false allegations relating to child abuse and in particular, shaken baby syndrome.  We have a 100% superb record of success and a reputation built over the last 55 years in 2012/2013.  In the last 3 months we have had 3 matters reported nationally (York, Manchester and Exeter). Many of our cases have been reported and cover the whole of England and Wales - recent false allegation case successes in Manchester, London, York, Truro, Southampton, Swansea and Guildford with numerous false allegation matters ongoing.

We work with support and help organisations but you really do need expert and specialist legal representation, please see our separate page dealing with false allegations of abuse in family cases.

Other common false allegations relate to domestic violence, sexual offences and serious crime.  Despite press reports, laws have been constantly weakened to encourage prosecution in the absence of corroborating evidence, i.e. one word against the other and with an ever increasing potential pot of gold through at the end of a linked civil claim. Sadly, there are now considerable incentives for people to make false allegations of abuse, rape and other serious criminal and civil offences in general life and in the workplace.

If you are facing a false allegation or have been falsely accused contact our specialist legal team for the guidance and representation you need.

Sports Law

We offer a comprehensive sports business law service providing advice to clients operating in the sports and media industries across the globe. We offer a highly commercial service.

Our London based lawyers have the knowledge and experience to manage the full range of issues that arise across the sports world.
  • We are dynamic, pro-active and a strong law firm
  • We are naturally commercial.


We assist in the following areas:
  • Regulation and governance - regulatory rules apply across a variety of sporting events and bodies and our expert lawyers are able to assist in the drafting of documentation and give clear advice on rules and regulations affecting the sports world
  • Drug testing and disciplinary
  • Litigation and dispute resolution - we have enormous experience in handling contract disputes, regulatory cases and arbitration in the UK and internationally.


We are able to help sport individuals and footballers, rugby players, golfers, managers, coaches, media personalities and others in relation to the legal issues they encounter in their careers dealing with specialist lawyers for advice in relation to:
  • Playing contracts and transfers
  • Media agreements
  • Estate planning and wills
  • Commercial and residential property and real estate
  • Disputes
  • Family advice
  • Tax advice
  • Criminal matters
  • Disciplinary and regulatory issues
  • Players' agency
  • Immigration and work permits.

Disputed Wills and Estates

Disputes relating to wills, estates and inheritance are a particular specialism.

Losing a loved one is traumatic on all levels- emotionally, practically and financially but this difficult period can be particularly stressful when you or another party contests the will or estate.
  • Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975.
  • Disputed wills based on allegations of mental capacity.
  • Will disputes based on allegations of undue influence.
  • Wills disputes based on allegations of invalid procedure or fraud.
  • Disputes involving Executors or Trustees.
  • Disputed Powers of Attorney.
  • Negligently drafted wills and professional negligence claims
Strict time limits apply to contested wills, so it is prudent to act quickly. In order to preserve all available remedies, contact our specialist solicitors.

Contesting a will is never an easy process and we know how difficult this can be for you and your family. We will fight fearlessly to achieve the best outcome for you. We are renowned for our understanding of the issues affecting you and your family at this time, and we know what positive action to take to make a difference. Edward Hayes have considerable expertise to enable these disputes to be resolved quickly and sensitively.

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