Pinsents signs College of Law tie-up

Pinsent Masons has signed a deal with the College of Law (CoL) to send its trainees there for the next five years.

Under the terms of the agreement around 60 trainees will study the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at one of the CoL centres in Birmingham, London, Manchester or York from September 2009.

CoL will also be Pinsents’ preferred provider for the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).

The firm’s trainees currently study at a number of institutions, including the CoL and BPP Law School.

Pinsents’ director of HR and learning Jonathan Bond said: “The idea of the agreement is partly uniformity in the courses, but also working with one provider can assure a higher level of customisation. The locations of the CoL fit quite closely with our own locations.”

Under the new scheme some partners and clients will be involved in teaching, giving trainees commercial exposure at an early stage. As well as completing the course trainees will work in cross-centre teams on a six-month research project focusing on one of the firm’s core sectors, which include banking, health, insurance, energy and technology.

Pinsents was able to “strike a deal” with the CoL on the pricing, claimed Bond. “In a difficult economic climate, we’ve got certainty over what we’ll be paying in five years time. The price is capped.”

Nigel Savage, CoL chief executive, said: “Our approach is to help firms use recruitment and training to deliver real bottom line benefits at a time when they’re facing tough trading conditions.”

Meanwhile Reynolds Porter Chamberlain has signed a deal to send its trainees to BPP Law School from September of this year.