In response to the publication today of the final report of the Legal Education and Training Review, Professor Nigel Savage, President and Provost, The University of Law said:
“The way we buy and sell legal services is undergoing radical change and it’s important therefore that those emerging from law schools are properly prepared to respond to the challenges. The major issue now is what the regulators will do with the report and how, if at all, they use it to deliver their own strategic plans.
“The UK legal services industry is one of our greatest strengths as an economy with the UK at the heart of an increasingly global legal system. Meanwhile, the growth in popularity of Alternative Business Structures means that consumers are now buying legal services in different ways. Therefore it is vital that legal training supports this growth and is relevant to these changing needs.
“This long awaited review contains relatively few surprises. At The University of Law we are already delivering most of the recommendations particularly in terms of professional ethics and flexible training routes. Also, our industry links and investment in employability support gives our students an opportunity to learn about broader business and client servicing skills that will be ever more important in the future.
“What we desperately need now is a coherent forward-thinking strategy to build on the competitive advantage of the domestic and global legal services market - there is too much negative talk in the sector at the moment despite the UK growing as international legal hub."
The report is available at www.letr.org.uk
Lucy Wray, Public Relations Manager, The University of Law on 01483 216072 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Mark Knight, Sarah Evans-Toyne, Lianne Robinson and Andrew Adam at Broadgate Mainland on 020 7726 6111 (Theuniversityoflaw@broadgatemainland.com).