Burges Salmon turns to CoL, BILP for LPC

The College of Law (CoL) is marching ahead of BPP Law School in the Bristol legal market after completing its third exclusive law firm tie-up in the city.

Burges Salmon has named both CoL and the Bristol Institute of Legal Practice (BILP) (part of the University of West of England) as its preferred providers for both the Legal Practice Course (LPC) and Graduate Diploma in Law. Under the agreement future Burges Salmon trainees will from September 2011 be asked to study at either BILP or any of CoL’s branches.

This is the first time the Bristol giant has officially struck deals for its future trainees to study the LPC, following a longstanding relationship with the two providers with the majority of its trainees in the past choosing to study at the two law schools.

The firm’s people partner Helen Scott-Lawler said: “Offering trainees flexibility in terms of their study location was an important consideration for us when selecting preferred providers and the appointment of CoL facilitates this,”

“Our trainees are the firm’s future and by appointing preferred suppliers we will ensure that they will continue to receive the highest standard of training.”

The CoL most recently struck a deal with Osborne Clarke to provide all of the firm’s future trainees with a tailor-made GDL, LPC and Professional Skills Course (PSC) (read more). It kick-started its assault on the Bristol legal education market last year by striking its first exclusive deal with Beachcroft (full story).

In contrast BPP has not yet managed to sign-up any Bristol firms to its LPC client roster while BILP also has a preferred provider arrangement with Rickerbys.

In a separate development CoL has also struck a deal with Baker & McKenzie to provide the international firm with an accelerated LPC for its future trainees. The move makes Bakers the first non-magic circle law firm to sign-up to the fast-track course with CoL.

The tailored seven-month course is to be introduced in January 2012, and will be similar to that being offered to Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Linklaters.

Baker’s decision to roll out the accelerated LPC comes just one month after newly merged Squire Sanders Hammonds chose to sign up to BPP’s fast-track LPC, due to kick off from September 2011 (read more).