• 11 Midland Law Firms Form New Commercial Property Consortium

    15 February 2008

    Eleven leading Midlands law firms have formed a new commercial property consortium in conjunction with The College of Law to pioneer a pooled structured training programme for junior property lawyers. The training courses will be delivered by the College at its Birmingham centre in Great Hampton Street in the city’s Jewellery Quarter.

    The programme of ten courses, launched this month, is designed for property lawyers from 0 to 3 years PQE; it enables them to secure a thorough grounding in the core areas of letting, management, investment and development work.

    The College of Law is the largest provider of legal education in the country and also the leading provider of structured post-qualification training in law and practice. The consortium, spearheaded by Colin Davey, the College’s Director of Post-Qualification Programmes, is the latest in a series of successful joint multi-firm training initiatives, but the first to be based in the Midlands.

    Colin Davey said: “Discussions over the last two years with law firms in the region have confirmed that there is strong demand for structured property training for junior lawyers. A firm can use the programme as the foundation for its training programme; alternatively it can choose courses to supplement training it already runs.”

    Diane Price, Director of Human Resources at Martineau Johnson, one of the founding members of the consortium, said:

    "This is an excellent initiative by the College of Law. It enables large corporate / commercial firms to jointly access high level training specifically tailored to their needs. This gives individual member firms the flexibility to enable their lawyers to attend courses relevant to their development needs in the numbers which the firm requires, taking into account levels of experience and the overall requirements of the business."

    Notes for Editors

    Listed in alphabetical order, the Midlands Commercial Property Training Consortium so far includes:

    • Cobbetts LLP
    • HBJ Gately Waring LLP
    • Martineau Johnson
    • Mills & Reeve LLP
    • Needham James LLP
    • Pinsent Masons
    • Reed Smith Richards Butler LLP
    • Shakespeare Putsman LLP
    • Shoosmiths
    • The Wilkes Partnership
    • Wragge & Co LLP

    Further information

    Contact Lucy Wray, Press Officer, The College of Law on 01483 216072 (lucy.wray@lawcol.co.uk).