Graduate loses £1 million case against Oxford

Faiz Siddiqui’s claim
with dismissed by
a high court judge
THROWN OUT: Faiz Siddiqui’s claim with dismissed by a high court judge

AN OXFORD graduate who sued the university for £1 million over his failure to get a first in his degree and become an international lawyer had his claim dis­missed by the high court.  

Faiz Siddiqui claimed that “inade­quate teaching” contributed towards a low mark in a final-year history paper and an overall 2:1 grade 17 years ago. It cost him a place at a top US law college and a lucrative legal career, he added.  

Justice Foskett said last week he was not convinced the teaching was “negli­gently inadequate. He also warned to­day’s students against using the courts to settle grievances about their education.  

Siddiqui, 39, from Bayswater in west London, got a 2:1 after studying at Bra­senose College, graduating in 2000.  

He trained at one of the “magic circle” law firms, Clifford Chance, but was not kept on at the end of the programme.  

The law graduate worked for three other law firms and as a tax adviser at the accounting company Ernst & Young. He was dismissed in December 2011 “essen­tially for poor performance”, court papers say. He has been unemployed since.  

Siddiqui said he had been suffering from “insomnia, depression and anxie­ty” during his finals and claimed his tu­tor did not alert exam authorities.  

The judge’s ruling said there was noth­ing in email exchanges or medical records to suggest he was depressed or suffering from insomnia. In his conclusion, he said Siddiqui deserved “sympathy and under­standing”, but the claim “must be dismissed”.