CoL strikes second Bristol deal

College of Law (CoL) has established itself as the dominant predator in Bristol’s legal education market after it announcing its second exclusive tie-up with a local firm.

The school has struck a deal with Osborne Clarke to provide all of the firm’s future trainees with a tailor-made Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), Legal Practice Course (LPC) and Professional Skills Course (PSC) from September 2010.

Nigel Savage, chief executive of CoL, said: “It’s a great boost for our new centre in Bristol that we’ve been appointed by a firm that attracts high profile domestic and international work from clients across the UK.”

The college kick-started its assault on the Bristol legal education market earlier this year by striking its first exclusive deal with Beachcroft (see story).

The news will come as a blow to the Bristol Institute of Legal Practice (BILP) after CoL announced it had poached BILP’s LPC director Kerry James earlier this week (see story).

And to make sure it has fully made its mark in the city, CoL has also signed up the University of Bristol to its Pathways to Law diversity access programme.

The new collaborations are significant as they coincide with CoL’s forthcoming launch in Bristol this September and are expected to increase pressure on BILP, which has had a near monopoly in the Bristol LPC market.

The CoL has officially named Bristol’s busy Temple Quarter as the site for its latest branch. It is just minutes from Queen Square, where BPP is expected to launch its Bristol arm.