Legal advice

John Clark made this Freedom of Information request to St Mary's University, Twickenham

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Dear St Mary's University, Twickenham,

Can you please answer the following questions under the FOI act?

1. Has the legal department at St Mary's university obtained any legal advice or opinion in regards to charging students accommodation fees up to the 8th April 2020?

2. If the answer to question 1 is yes, can you please tell me what was the purpose of obtaining a legal opinion or advice for charging students accommodation fees up to the 8th April 2020?

3. If the answer to question 1 is yes, and St Mary's legal advice or opinion states that it was lawful to charge students accommodation fees up to the 8th April 2020 will you please publish that legal advice or opinion?

Yours faithfully,

John Clark

Dear St Mary's University, Twickenham,
The deadline for this FOI reply is fast approaching, can you please send me an update with the answers to this question?

Yours faithfully,

John Clark

Dear St Mary's University, Twickenham,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of St Mary's University, Twickenham's handling of my FOI request 'Legal advice'.

This is in the public interest, students need to know why St Mary's University charged accommodation fees upto the 8th April when the government instructed St Mary's University to instruct students to go home prior to the 23rd March coronavirus lockdown.

(St Mary's University also instructed students to go home).

The Universities Minister Michelle Donelan MP stated that if students hadn't returned home prior to the 23rd March 2020, then they were not permitted to travel home. Additionally, there was no way that travelling home on the 7th or 8th March was allowed according to documentation from Michelle Donelan MP in the link below:

https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/med...

So an answer to this FOI response is vital to understand whether St Mary's University have benefited at the expense of students and enriched yourself and whether this is lawful or unlawful.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/l...

Yours faithfully,

John Clark

Dear Freedom of Information Officer.

Despite endless communication, appeals and internal reviews, you have failed to provide the information that I have requested under the FOI act.

You are aware that I am assisting a student with a complaint regarding overcharging for accommodation during the first coronavirus lockdown and this case is set to be heard with the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) in the coming months.

I'm making a formal complaint to the ICO that your public body is refusing to answer my FOI requests in an attempt to not only hide this information from me but in an attempt to delay making this information available to the OIA to support the students case.

Yours sincerely,

John Clark.