Nigel Savage: the only non-lawyer to make Hot 100

The chief executive of the College of Law has been named in The Lawyers Hot 100 list. Nigel Savage was the only non-lawyer in the list, which comprises 100 high-achieving individuals in the legal profession.

Savage won the award for turning round the fortunes of the College of Law. Four years ago it was publicly snubbed by the City eight of elite London law firms for the City LPC when they awarded the contract to run the course to Nottingham Law School, the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice and BPP Law School in London.

Since then the college has made inroads among the elite firms in other ways, such as the innovative partnership between the college and Linklaters, whereby the firm outsources part of its litigation training. This is understood to be the first time a major City firm has ever contracted with an external provider for training in basic seats.

The colleges ground-breaking pro bono programme was also a factor in Savages recognition.

Catrin Griffiths, editor of The Lawyer, said: Its all credit to [the colleges] abrasive chief executive Savage who has nevertheless mellowed in recent times that he has won back the hearts and minds of City managing partners.

The Hot 100 can be viewed at hot100.