Cripps Harries Hall LLP, a leading South East law firm, has named The College of Law as its exclusive provider of the full range of professional training courses for its trainee solicitors.
From September the firm’s future trainees will study the Graduate Diploma in Law, Legal Practice Course and Professional Skills Course at the College.
The College of Law already provides professional training for a wide range of major law firms on an exclusive basis, including Magic Circle firms Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Linklaters.It has centres across the UK although Cripps Harries Hall’s trainees will mainly attend its London and Guildford centres.
The 39 partner law firm is headquartered in Tunbridge Wells with an office in London. It was recently named in ‘The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies To Work For 2010’ and its Private Client Group has been acknowledged as one of the ‘Top 25 Law Firms’ by Private Client Practitioner magazine.
Jim Fennell, Head of HR & Development for Cripps Harries Hall said: “Cripps is committed to the training and development of its trainee solicitors and we believe that partnering with a long standing, highly respected law college will add value to our training programme. We recruit up to eight trainee solicitors a year and this relationship will also give us further contact with our future trainees.”
Jim Fennell, Head of HR & Development for Cripps Harries Hall The College of Law will appoint a co-ordinating tutor to work closely with the firm and keep them up to date with the progress of their trainees. The firm will also join the College's Advisory Forum for law firms serving southern England, which reviews developments in legal education and training.
Colin Davey, Director of Business Development for The College of Law, said: “We are delighted to have entered into this agreement with such a prestigious South East firm. The partnership benefits Cripps Harries Hall by helping them to stay in close contact with their trainees as they progress through their legal education and ensures consistency in the content and quality of their training. It also prepares the trainees for life in the firm when they start their training contracts.
“We are now very keen to strengthen our links with the legal community in the South further by forming similar partnerships with other regional firms.”