Box Hill Institute Student Pilot Class Action

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Gordon Legal acts on behalf of a number of students who enrolled in the Diploma of Aviation (Commercial Pilot Licence – Aeroplane) course (CPL Diploma course) offered by Box Hill Institute (BHI) and which was conducted by it in conjunction with Gobel Aviation Pty Ltd (Soar).

Our clients have raised a number of concerns about the CPL Diploma course and whether BHI has delivered the diploma course as promised.  Many of our clients have incurred tens of thousands of dollars in course fees to BHI via the VET Student Loan Scheme.

Gordon Legal commenced a class action proceeding against BHI on behalf of a number of representative plaintiffs and the class of group members defined in the Statement of Claim on 26 March 2020. You can access a copy of the Writ and Statement of Claim by clicking here

The four named representative plaintiffs are: Nerita Somers, Adel Hassanein, Matthew Lamont and Felix Ouldanov. The representative plaintiffs have commenced the proceeding on their own behalf and as representatives of Group Members’ claims against BHI.

The compensation sought in the class action proceeding includes:

  • Reduction or waiver of group members Vet Student loan attributable to the CPL Diploma course;
  • Reimbursement for lost time and additional expenses incurred through attending and participating in the CPL diploma course;
  • Refunds of additional flight costs paid to Soar during the CPL diploma course;
  • Any additional studying costs incurred as part of preparing for CASA exams;
  • Damages for distress and inconvenience as a result of the incompetent administration of the CPL Diploma course;
  • Damages for loss of opportunity; and
  • Interest and legal costs.

Prior to commencing the Class Action proceeding, Gordon Legal made several attempts to negotiate with BHI in the hope of negotiating a dispute resolution process that allowed our clients’ individual circumstances and financial losses to be assessed and mediated in accordance with an agreed set of principles. Whilst BHI chose not to engage in those negotiations prior to the commencement of Court proceedings, we will continue to explore all opportunities to resolve the legal issues raised in this class action in a way which fairly compensates Group Members for their loss as quickly and as cost effectively as possible.

If you have yet to engage Gordon Legal to act for you in the class action, please register your details here and we will be in contact with you to discuss your individual circumstances and to answer any questions that you may have.

We also invite you to read the answers to the list of Frequently Asked Questions we have compiled by clicking here

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