CoL scores law firm hat-trick

The College of Law (CoL) has scored a legal hatrick by signing up Ashurst, Harbottle & Lewis and Stevens & Bolton to its rapidly growing client roster.

The school will be the exclusive provider of the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Legal Practice Course (LPC) for all of Ashurst’s future trainees.

Meanwhile, media boutique Harbottle & Lewis and Stevens & Bolton have both signed exclusive deals with the school and from September 2010 they will be sending all future trainees to the college to study their LPC.

Under the Ashurst agreement, which begins in September 2010, up to 60 Ashurst trainees each year will study the LPC at the college’s London Moorgate centre while around 25 trainees will undertake the GDL at any of the college’s eight centres nationwide.

Ashurst’s graduate recruitment partner David Carter said: “The quality of newly qualified lawyers is absolutely fundamental to the future success of our business. We’re designing an LPC programme that equips trainees with the specific tools needed to make a seamless and successful transition into their legal career.”

The three-year contract between the college and Ashurst runs until 2013 with an option to renew for a further two years.

Under the Harbottle deal, all the firm’s trainees will have the chance to study at any of the college’s centres in Birmingham, Chester, Guildford, London, Manchester and York.

Meanwhile, all of Stevens & Bolton’s future trainees will undertake the LPC at the CoL’s College’s Braboeuf Manor centre.

The news takes the tally of firms signed up with the CoL to 18, equalling BPP Law School’s total.

Last month Denton Wilde Sapte became the latest firm to sign up with CoL.