Who sued the University and why?

Request 

I made an foi request some months ago
I asked how many people were suing this university as students 
The reply came back reasonably quickly from chris ince who I believe is the university secretary ?please confirm ?
Thirty odd people and about seven law students 
What are they suing the university for ?
Breach of contract breach of the equality act by any chance and which lawyers are they hiring ?
Please confirm ASAP 
 

Response

 
Dear Ms...,
 
I write further to your request for information dated 27 February 2019.  This request has been handled by the University in accordance with its duties and obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 ("FOIA"). 
 
You requested details of:
 
What are they suing the university for ?
Breach of contract breach of the equality act by any chance and which lawyers are they hiring ?
 
There have been 29 litigation matters where proceedings have been issued against the University by students. As the law school has no separate legal personality, it cannot be sued in its own right, but of the 29 matters referred to above, 9 were made by students studying law (including the LPC).     
 
The ground(s) on which the University was sued will be contained in the particulars of claim or other statements of case. As particular of claim are served for the purposes of legal proceedings, this element of your request is refused under s.32 FOIA. In addition, as a member of public may obtain statements of case from the court records, they are available by other means so your request is also refused under section 21 FOIA. 
 
Which solicitors are engaged, would require an examination of all correspondence, which is likely to exceed the appropriate limit for all 29 cases. Therefore, this element of your request is refused under s.12 FOIA.
 
If you are not satisfied with the handling of your request, you may request an internal review.  Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original letter by writing to:

Chris Ince
University Secretary
London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road
London
N7 8DB
 
Email: c.ince@londonmet.ac.uk
 
If you remain dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have a right of appeal to the Information Commissioner at:
 
The Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
 
Telephone:  0303 123 1113 or 01625 545745
Website:  www.ico.org.uk
 
There is no charge for making an appeal.
 
Kind regards,

Tracy Brathwaite
Information Compliance Officer
University Secretary's Office
London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Road
London N7 8DB
Switchboard: 020 7423 0000