International law firm Pinsent Masons is to send all of its trainees to leading professional training provider, The College of Law to study the Legal Practice Course (LPC) in a five year deal commencing in September 2009.
The firm is the first to endorse the College’s LPC following the recent course revalidation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Its trainees will study at one of the Birmingham, York, Manchester and London Moorgate College centres. Under the agreement the College is also Pinsent Mason’s preferred provider for the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).
Catherine Workman, Training Principal at Pinsent Masons said, "One of the key benefits of the firm moving to a single provider is that, in addition to a greater level of consistency, there will be a bespoke element to the course. Trainees will gain a deep understanding of one of Pinsent Masons' core sectors, along with learning about the firm's client base and legal issues. There is also a close fit in terms of geography between Pinsent Masons' offices and those of The College of Law. This will not only allow us to take on qualified students who are already familiar with our working culture and approach, but we can be sure they are trained to a high standard which means there are gains in all-round efficiency for the firm too."
Under the exclusive agreement around 60 Pinsent Masons trainees will undertake the College’s corporate LPC each year. In addition to completing the course they will work in cross-centre teams on a six-month research project focusing on one of the firm’s core sectors, which include banking, health, insurance, energy and technology. It will be the first time that College of Law students have worked in teams across centres on a project.
Nigel Savage, Chief Executive of The College of Law said, "I am particularly pleased to be working with Pinsent Masons in this way. It takes our customisation approach to new levels by enabling firms like Pinsent Masons, with a national and international presence, to use the LPC and training as a tool for bringing consistency and common quality standards to their national and global operations.
"Our approach is to help firms use recruitment and training to deliver real bottom line benefits at a time when they are facing tough trading conditions. It is also a vindication of our decision to push further investment into our regional centres, which includes a new £5.5 million centre in Manchester and a £5.5 million extension of the Birmingham centre.”