College of Law signs Dentons tie-up

Denton Wilde Sapte has become latest law firm to strike a deal with the College of Law (CoL) to provide a bespoke Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Legal Practice Course (LPC) to all of its trainee solicitors.

Under the new deal, which commences in September 2010, the firm’s trainees can study at any of the centres in Birmingham, Chester, Guildford, London, Manchester or York.

Director of Business Development Imogen Burton said: “This agreement will help the firm to ensure consistency and common quality standards in the development of its trainees and give them a flying start in their professional lives.”

The news comes as legal education providers across the City jostle for supremacy. Last month CoL announced surprise plans to launch a new £1.2m Bristol base in 2010.

And Kaplan Law School, the newest entrant in the market, signed up its seventh LPC client, Penningtons, in June and secured validation from the Bar Standards Board to run the Bar vocational Course from September 2010.

Meanwhile, BPP Holdings, the owner of CoL’s arch rival BPP Law School, has agreed to be taken over by US-based Apollo Global, a joint venture formed in 2007 between Apollo Group and private equity house The Carlyle Group for £305m.

BPP has also extended its regional focus by announcing plans to launch a Bristol centre.