Eversheds faces OFT complaint from student

EVERSHEDS is the subject of a complaint to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) for abuse of its market position in the education sector.

Former University of Wales Lampeter undergraduate Trevor Mayes last week claimed that Eversheds‘ client roster of around 100 UK universities and its work in setting up the Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education (OIA) means the firm has “sewn up” the market to the detriment of students.

In his OFT complaint, Mayes wrote: “The OIA state there is no conflict of interest… However, it does not meet the standard of impartiality in other regulatory bodies nor in the mind of Joe Public.”

Mayes followed it up by calling on the Welsh Assembly, Charity Commission and, as The Lawyer understands, the Queen in a bid to be heard.

Mayes pursued litigation against Eversheds’ client Lampeter after his complaints about the conduct of university staff were allegedly “fobbed off”.