One of the UK’s leading regional law firms, Stevens & Bolton LLP has become the first firm to set up a training partnership with The College of Law’s Guildford centre.
From this year the intention is that all future trainees of the Guildford-based law firm will undertake the College’s Legal Practice Course (LPC) at its Braboeuf Manor centre.
The College of Law already provides professional training for a wide range of major law firms on an exclusive basis at its centres nationwide, including Magic Circle firms Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Linklaters.
Stevens & Bolton’s future trainees will study the College’s corporate LPC and will be in the same group for the compulsory core modules of the course. Their co-ordinating tutor will work closely with the firm to ensure that the course is in line with their current practice and to produce tailored projects designed to give the students an introduction to the firm.
Beverley Whittaker from Stevens & Bolton said: “We see real benefits both to the firm and the trainees in their all being together at The College of Law. Training everyone in Guildford will make it much easier to keep in touch and for the firm to be actively involved in their LPC activities."
The College of Law in Guildford already works closely with Stevens & Bolton as the firm’s representatives regularly give talks to students, attend the College’s law fairs and open days and sit on its advisory forum.
Sheila Bramley, Guildford centre director, said: “We are very pleased to be working in partnership with such a prestigious local firm. This arrangement benefits Stevens & Bolton by giving them close contact with their future trainees throughout the year and also helps the trainees hit the ground running when they arrive in the office to start their training contracts.
“We are now very keen to develop our links with the local legal community further by entering into similar arrangements with other regional firms."
The new partnership was launched at a recent reception at Stevens & Bolton’s offices in The Billings, Guildford giving the trainees the opportunity to meet key representatives from the firm and the College.
Launch of the Stevens & Bolton/College of Law training partnership. Front row: (left to right): S & B’s 2009 trainees - Michelle Hayley; Daniel Milano; Ashley Harmsworth; Back row: Beverley Whittaker, Stevens & Bolton; Sheila Bramley, centre director of The College of Law, Guildford; Andrea Cartledge, co-ordinating tutor.