College of Law adds Hill Dickinson to North West LPC roster

Hill Dickinson has become the fifth national law firm to strike a deal with the College of Law (CoL) in Manchester to provide a bespoke Legal Practice Course (LPC) to all of its trainee solicitors.

Under the new deal the firm’s partners, fee earners and business support professionals will take part in workshops and provide additional learning and networking opportunities for the future trainees.

Hill Dickinson managing partner Peter Jackson said: “Working with CoL in this way we’ve achieved a programme that maximises the opportunities for developing our future trainees so that they can have the best possible start to their careers with us.”

Since announcing the launch of its new £5.5m Manchester branch, which opens in September this year, the college has signed up Pinsent Masons and Pannone for its bespoke LPC. The school has also been the exclusive LPC provider for Cobbetts and Halliwells for a number of years.

Regional director at the college Tricia Chatterton said the retention of talent in the area could only have positive repercussions on the surrounding industry.

She added: “The centre has enabled us to cement key relationships with the major national law firms and we now have exclusive training deals with five of those firms in the North West.”

The news comes after CoL announced a 30 per cent jump in students signing up to study at the provider’s North West branches.