The College of Law has announced that 2, New York Street will be the home of its new £5.5 million centre in Manchester.
The centre will launch in September 2009 and is ideally placed in the heart of the city. The expansion reinforces the College’s commitment to the region and will meet firms’ exacting standards for high quality, excellently trained candidates.
The Manchester announcement follows the successful development of the College of Law’s London Moorgate centre, the largest corporate-specific law school in the UK. The strengthened presence in the North West is reinforced by the recent completion of a £2 million refurbishment of the existing centre in Chester.
Commenting on the news, regional director of The College of Law, Tricia Chatterton, said: “This is an excellent location for our new centre, in the heart of a dynamic, regenerated commercial quarter, with great transport links.
“The College will be investing in the regional economy by retaining prospective legal talents and nurturing top law professionals of tomorrow.”
The prospect of a new centre in Manchester has been warmly welcomed by the city’s leading commercial firms, including Eversheds, Addleshaw Goddard, Beachcrofts,
Berrymans Lace Mawer, DLA Piper, Hammonds, Hill Dickinson, Pannone, Pinsent Masons and Weightmans.
Michael Clavell-Bate, Senior Office Partner of Eversheds Manchester office said: "The Manchester legal market is extremely competitive and growing. Work that historically would have gone to the City is now being undertaken within the region. As a result, the demand for high calibre graduate trainees continues to grow and the presence of The College of Law will justifiably enhance the crop of students available in the North West."
Said chief executive of pro∙manchester, Daniel Mouawad: “Greater Manchester’s legal sector has grown by 25 per cent in the last five years so there is a clear demand for this new centre. Bespoke training, outstanding sector expertise and robust links with the region’s top firms will ensure the College is key to the ongoing success of the regional economy.”
Colin Sinclair, Chief Executive at MIDAS, Manchester’s Investment and Development Agency, said: “Manchester is the perfect fit for the expansion of the leading provider of vocational legal education and training in Europe. The development of the new centre – to be located in a stunning development at the heart of the city - will play a key role in the continuing growth and success of the City Region’s legal sector.”
Added The College of Law’s chief executive, Nigel Savage: “The North West is the fastest growing legal centre in the UK after London. It makes perfect sense for us to strengthen our presence in the region and contribute to its continued success.
“Intrinsic to the College’s development strategy is our commitment to working closely with law firms to provide tailored training packages which not only give students exactly the right skill set, but meet the needs of firms’ criteria for trainees. Our new site in Manchester will ensure our relationships with firms continue to go from strength to strength.”