The College of Law has appointed new heads of its centres in Manchester and Chester.
Former Manchester solicitor Richard Haggett has been appointed as head of the College’s Manchester centre, as it celebrates a successful first year.
At the Chester centre Carol Draycott, who studied for her Law Society Finals there 25 years ago, has taken the top role.
Richard Haggett’s appointment builds on his work since February 2009 to establish the College in Manchester and he has managed the centre since it opened last September, when it became the College’s seventh location nationwide.
Richard, aged 35, trained and qualified as a solicitor with Manchester-based insurance specialists James Chapman & Co. in the late 1990s, after graduating from University College London. He joined The College of Law in 2002 and from 2004 was head of the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at its Chester centre.
New head of The College of Law’s Manchester centre, Richard Haggett He said: “The majority of my legal experience has been gained in Manchester and Cheshire, both as a solicitor and then training another generation of lawyers so I am very familiar with the needs of the legal and business community in the North West. Firms in this region look for high calibre trainees and paralegals and it is my responsibility to ensure that College of Law students are fully prepared for practice. I want the Manchester Centre to be a keystone in the legal community of the North West and a byword for the best possible training and development in the region.”
In its first year the Manchester centre exceeded expectations by attracting more than 500 students. It has already formed exclusive partnerships with seven Manchester-based law firms to provide bespoke training and has cemented its central role within the region’s legal community by hosting events for The Law Society, the Legal Services Board and numerous local law firms.
It has set up a range of pro bono activities in the city, which provide access to legal advice for local people otherwise unable to afford it. Also the College’s nationwide careers mentoring scheme, which teams up students with little practical experience of the legal arena with practising lawyers, has been successfully launched in Manchester with more than 60 mentors from across the North West already taking part.
To cater for increasing demand for places at the Manchester centre next year the College is introducing a new part-time evening Legal Practice Course helping to open up legal training to people with work and family commitments.
Carol Draycott’s appointment in Chester follows a successful teaching career with The College of Law spanning two decades. Born and raised in Preston, Lancashire, Carol gained a LL.B law degree at the University of Hull before taking her Law Society Finals and training to be a solicitor.
Her first year of Articles was spent at Houghton Craven and Dickson Solicitors in Preston and the second year at Allington Hughes Solicitors in Wrexham where she specialised in litigation and family law.She became a lecturer at The College of Law in Chester in 1990 and since then has been Head of Civil Litigation and Head of Tort on the Graduate Diploma in Law course. In 2006 she became a Deputy Director working on the open access, distance-learning LL.B law degree run by the Open University in partnership with the College and designed part of its tort course. In 2008 she was made an Associate Professor.
New head of The College of Law’s Chester centre, Carol Draycott She said: “I have been part of The College of Law community for the last twenty years and am delighted to be taking this role as Centre Head. We have a great and enthusiastic team here and I am truly looking forward to continuing to build upon the existing success of the centre in Christleton, Chester.”
The Chester centre recently underwent a £2 million development programme, which included renovation of the historic Christleton Hall and landscaping of the gardens plus upgrading of workshop rooms and IT equipment.Richard and Carol have taken over responsibility for the College’s Manchester and Chester operations from Tricia Chatterton, formerly Regional Director for the North West and now the College’s Business Development Director for the North of England.
The College of Law is the leading provider of legal education and training in Europe. It delivers training for lawyers at all stages of their careers, both before and after qualification, and also provides a route for non-law graduates to enter the legal profession in the shape of the Graduate Diploma in Law conversion course.