Osborne Clarke ditches UoL for ‘more holistic’ BPP

Osborne Clarke has switched its Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and Legal Practice Course (LPC) provision to BPP Law School from the University of Law (ULaw).

From autumn 2013, Osborne Clark trainees will be taught at BPP. ULaw, formerly the College of Law, had taught Osborne Clarke trainees for three years, on a fixed-term contract that was due for renewal.

Training principal Nick Johnson said of the decision to switch providers: “BPP has the ability to take a more holistic approach to training and developing, past the GDL and LPC.”

Peter Crisp, dean of BPP, admitted that the move “does open the possibility for future collaboration” but said BPP had “no plans to announce anything yet”.

He continued: “One of the distinctive features of the law school is that we also have a business school. Our LPC is very business-focused … we can offer a full service.”

Johnson added: “The contract was a three-year commitment – we talked to the College of Law, we talked to BPP and we talked to other providers and in the round we decided to go with BPP.”

Sarah Hutchinson, business development director at ULaw, said: “We’ve been assured by Osborne Clarke that they have the utmost confidence in our GDL and LPC. It’s no reflection on the quality of our courses or our relationship with the firm.”

Osborne Clarke and BPP’s LPC and GDL training agreement will run for three years.

Last week, Watson Farley & Williams insisted that its trainee intake will not drop despite offering its next cohort £5,000 to defer the start of their training contract (5 April 2013).