DWF drops ULaw as LPC provider in favour of BPP

DWF has appointed BPP as its new LPC training provider after three years with the University of Law (ULaw).

It will require all its future trainees to study BPP’s MA LPC with Business from September 2014. They will be able to take the course at any of BPP’s branches, though they will all study their elective modules at the Manchester site. 

In addition to the basic LPC course, the future trainees will study tailored business finance and strategy modules designed to develop their commercial understanding of the firm and its clients, while as part of the MA they will complete a ’business intelligence project’.

DWF graduate recruitment partner James Szerdy said: “The BPP course provides our trainees with the essential technical training required to become a solicitor, in the context of a strong understanding of the commercial environment in which we operate. We believe that this will provide them with the best platform for what we hope will be a long legal career with DWF.”

In signing up with BPP, DWF has switched its allegiance away from the University of Law, with which it had an exclusive tie-up from 2011. It is the third firm to switch from ULaw to BPP in 18 months.

At the end of 2013, Allen & Overy also decided to send its future joiners to BPP instead of ULaw, citing the latter’s business focus as an “edge” in the competitive tender process. Prior to that, Osborne Clarke made the same move in April 2013.

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