The College of Law has confirmed that they have witnessed a massive 30 per cent increase in prospective lawyers signing up to train with them in the North West, following their announcement of the opening of a new £5.5 million Manchester centre from September 2009.
Against a backdrop of economic uncertainty, the statistics represent a huge endorsement, both of the College itself and of the city of Manchester, and boost the city’s credentials as the country’s largest legal community outside of London.
Commenting on the news, Regional Director of The College of Law, Tricia Chatterton, said: “This is excellent news for the region and for the legal profession. Our opening of a new centre in Manchester is an important step in halting the brain drain to London.
“With bespoke training offered in partnership with some of the world’s leading law firms, students are signing up to the College here in the north west confident that their training will meet the needs of their future employers.”
Students are tapping into the fact that Manchester’s legal sector has grown by 25 per cent in the last five years as the city now stands as the second largest financial and professional centre in the UK.
Leanne Instrall, 2nd year Law with Politics student at the University of Manchester, commented:
"I was really excited when I heard that The College of Law was opening in Manchester. I had thought that I would have to move to London for my professional training after I had finished my degree, but now I can stay here and know that I am getting the best training on the market in a city that I really love."
Nigel Savage, chief executive of The College of Law, said: “This significant rise in applications is not only extremely encouraging for the region, but shows we’ve responded to a clear demand for high quality legal training in Manchester.
“The overwhelming interest also means that our investment in the development of professional skills here has increased the retention of talent across the region, which is vital if we are to grow the North West business community and realise its full potential.”