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Solicitors Liverpool: We were established in 1986 as Keith Levin & Co, initially in Huyton village. Our reputation for solid and reliable professional advice soon grew, as did the need for bigger premises. We therefore moved to our current site over 20 years ago and have remained situated on the corner of Archway Road and Rupert Road.

For over 33 years now we have continued to build our reputation and to provide legal services of the highest professional standard.

At Levins Solicitors we understand your needs. We have a commitment to the people and businesses of Knowsley. We have a proven track record and, while many of our competitors have come and gone, we have stayed and have remained focused, hardworking and loyal to our clients. Little wonder, then, that we also attract clients and business from much further afield. Read More (Solicitors Liverpool)

MMU lockdown students detained unlawfully ?

Around 1,500 students in halls of residence were sent an email by Manchester Metropolitan University (‘MMU’) on Friday telling them they must self-isolate in their accommodation for 14 days in a bid to contain a coronavirus outbreak. Security guards preventing students from leaving the building.

Jon Heath, a partner at Levins and formerly a student at Manchester, questioned the legal authority for preventing students from leaving. He offered to provide free assistance to the students involved. Other legal commentators also questioned MMU’s actions and there was a widespread call for an explanation.

MMU has now back tracked and said that students are free to leave but has asked them not to. Jon has spoken to Emma Barnett on BBC 5 Live and is has participated in a discussion on Sky News.  The immediate issue of whether the students are free to leave has been resolved, but other questions remain unanswered. Why did MMU tell students that they had to remain inside when they had no legal authority to do so? Will MMU use their own internal disciplinary powers to suspend/expel students who leave halls? What was the role of Manchester City Council in imposing the so-called “lockdown”?

We have been contacted by a number of concerned students and their parents. It is too early to say whether the students have any claim for damages against MMU.  Jon’s original offer was not about suing MMU for damages but about ensuring that students were not unlawfully deprived of their liberty. If lawyers are prepared to stand back and let the laws be flouted then there is something very wrong with our system. It is not always about money (whatever the cynics may think!)

Jon has written to MMU and is working with Rabah Kherbane of Doughty Street Chambers. We are not in a position to advise students yet as we need further information about the circumstances. We will provide further updates as and when we can.

If you are a student and require assistance please contact civil@levinslaw.co.uk.

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Why Choose Levins

“At Levins we pride ourselves on the personal touch. When you need legal assistance, there is no substitute for sitting down face-to-face with your solicitor. With offices in the centre of Huyton, we are the only firm in the local area to offer this facility for the full range of legal services. And with no city centre overheads to pay, we offer the expertise of a big firm without the expense. Read on to discover more about our range of services.”