BILP, OXILP strike LPC with Rickerbys

Gloucestershire-based Rickerbys has named both the Bristol Institute of Legal Practice (BILP) and the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (OXILP) as its preferred providers of the Legal Practice Course (LPC).

The 18-partner law firm has struck a deal with the law schools, which will see its future trainee solicitors receive a discount at either institution if they choose to study their LPC with them.

Not only will candidates receive the usual £7,000 maintenance grant from the firm but those studying their LPC at OXILP will get a 10 per cent discount on fees while those wishing to study at BILP will get 6 per cent.

Head of BILP, the University of the West of England’s professional legal studies arm, Steve Dinning said: “This is further evidence of the tremendous support that we at BILP have had from the local profession and reinforces our commitment to remaining the dominant provider of the LPC in Bristol.”

Under the deal BILP will also be the sole provider of the Professional Skills Course (PSC) to all of Rickerbys trainees.

The news comes after Bristol-based TLT Solicitors named the College of Law (CoL) as its second recommended LPC provider having previously selected BILP as one of its favoured law schools earlier this year (see story).

The firm said it had not signed an exclusive deal with either provider because it wanted its trainees to be able to choose which provider to go to. Although TLT’s London-based trainees will undertake their PSC exclusively with CoL.

The move follows CoL’s announcement that it had struck exclusive deals with Bristol heavyweights Beachcroft and Osborne Clarke.

The school signed a contract with both firms to become the sole provider of the Graduate Diploma in Law and LPC for their future trainees from September this year.

Bristol’s other major law firms, such as Burges Salmon and Clarke Wilmott, currently do not have exclusive relationships with a single LPC provider.

Both BPP Law School and CoL will be launching in Bristol in September.