Higher education in the late-20th century has become "big business". Increasingly students are demanding value for money and are willing to resort to the law if they feel they are not getting a fair deal and their complaints are being ignored. At the same time higher education managers must keep abreast of legislation and become involved in even more detailed contractual arrangements in matters such as mergers, franchising, property management and income generation. This text provides comprehensive coverage of the issues with contributions made by law firms based in London, Birmingham, Oxford and Cambridge which all have substantial experience of advising higher education clients. The book is written for the non-lawyer seeking guidance on potential legal problems and looking to avoid them by means of a preventative legal health check.