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Whether You Are A School Or Business You May Be Entitled To Claim Back Thousands. Have You Been Affected By Lease Fraud?

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With extensive experience in the I.T Industry, Legality Leasing are ideally placed to advise on I.T Equipment Leasing.

Almost 169 schools across Britain were plunged into the red after being promised free laptops only to see the company behind the programme fold.

This scandal left some schools on the brink of closure with debts representing a sizeable proportion of their overall budget.

In several cases, head teachers at the affected schools were forced to quit. MPs criticised the disclosure but warned that schools would be increasingly vulnerable to rip-off deals under plans to turn more primaries and secondaries into independent academies, with complete financial freedom from local authority control.

According to BBC Panorama, schools were offered computers by two Hertfordshire-based IT and office equipment supply companies.

Some heads were told the equipment was free and had been financed by corporate sponsorship deals.

It was claimed that the companies folded without securing enough sponsorship leaving schools themselves liable.

Liz Steel was forced to quit as head of Glemsford Primary School, Suffolk, when it emerged her school owed more than £500,000 for 125 laptops “I was told by governors that I had placed the school in an unacceptable financial risk and I had to go,” she said.

In many cases, debts were much higher than the overall cost of the equipment because it had been leased to schools at inflated prices.

The BBC claimed that Gloucester Primary School, south London, leased laptops which should have cost £650 but the cost rose to £4,000 each. The schools total losses came to £1.9m. It emerged that Katesgrove School in Reading signed a deal for 330 laptops. More than 100 were never delivered and the school was left owing £1m, prompting the head’s resignation.

St Joseph’s Catholic School in Slough was landed with debts of £1.4m and was almost forced to close until neighbouring schools stepped in provides funds from their own budgets. The head teacher and other members of staff have been suspended.

Margaret Hodge, chairwoman of the cross-party Commons Public Accounts Committee, said: “The state is being ripped off by private companies trying to make a quick buck at the expense of quality teaching for our kids. “In the old days the local authority would have intervened… But in the new world with academies and free schools, Michael Gove, the Education Secretary himself will have to take responsibility if a school goes bust.”

There are a number of areas which our Auditors could identify miss-selling, fraud, incentives included in the lease, overcharging, falsifying paperwork, massive commissions and being told that their equipment is obsolete and MUST be upgraded.

We offer a free no obligation audit by telephone to determine if you have a case, if a further more in-depth audit is required, which will include contacting the suppliers to obtain copies of the original documents and paperwork, there will be a one off nominal charge for our audit service which will be based on the size and complexity of your case. One of our senior auditors will be able to offer you a no obligation quotation before we proceed. No further fees or charges are payable by our clients after the initial fee.

You will be updated on a weekly basis and kept fully informed as to the progress of your case. In order to cover our professional services and legal fees, we will require 30% of any monies returned to you.

Why not have a no obligation discussion with one of our Senior Auditors to see if you have a case and discuss your options today. Call us on 0845 880 2391 or click here to request a call back from our audit team or alternatively please use the contact form below.

  HOW CAN WE HELP...?
   
Have you entered into a contract to lease office equipment in your workplace?
Have you been charged an over inflated price?
Do you feel your agreement does not reflect what you thought you had agreed too?
Is your equipment fit for the purpose?
tick Were you offered marketing or equipment incentives? (This may have been added to your lease)