The University of Law's Bar Professional Training Course to run in Leeds centre from September 2016

18 November 2015

The University of Law (ULaw) has announced that it will deliver its Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) at its Leeds centre from September 2016 in addition to London Bloomsbury and Birmingham, where the course already runs.

All prospective students will be required to undergo a rigorous selection process to identify the brightest and most able candidates. 

The ULaw BPTC incorporates four times more advocacy than required by the Bar Standards Board (BSB), as well as offering a wealth of pro bono and networking opportunities to ensure that all students are prepared for pupillage and beyond. 

Another unique feature of the BPTC at ULaw is its Advocacy Committee which comprises talented students from across all three of the centres which offer the BPTC. The Advocacy Committee organises entries into prestigious national and international competitions, as well as running a number of internal competitions and workshops. 

Tom MacDonald, ULaw Leeds Centre Director, says: “Our excellent links with local chambers means that we are able to offer one of the most developed pro bono, careers and employability programmes of any law school, including providing students with the opportunity to represent real clients in various tribunals. The BPTC will be an excellent addition to the first-class legal education we already provide.”

The University will also host the first ever Northern Pupillage Fair in March 2016. This will see chambers from across the North West, North East and Midlands come together to ensure students seeking to practice in the North have the opportunity to meet and talk to the chambers they will be applying to. 
ULaw is organising a Barrister Insight Day at its Leeds Centre on Thursday 26th November featuring members of the local Bar. The University will also be running pupillage application events at Leeds, Sheffield, Nottingham and Durham Universities on 17th, 18th, 25th November and 2nd December respectively.

Oliver Bretz - Founder, Euclid Law European competition law
Colin Ettinger - Partner, Irwin Mitchell Personal injury
Simon Firth - Partner, Linklaters Legal issues in global financial markets
Sarah Gabriel - Partner, Peters and Peters Commercial law - civil fraud
D Family Law
Stephen Jones - Consultant, Baker McKenzie Intellectual property law
Hugh Lumby - Partner, Ashurst Real estate
Shaun Smith QC - Joint Head, High Pavement Chambers Criminal litigation
Tim Morris - Former Partner, Clifford Chance Debt finance (global)

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About the Visiting Professors:

Oliver Bretz, Euclid law, European Competition Law - Oliver has been involved in a number of high-profile, high-value deals throughout his career. Before founding Euclid in 2014, he spent 12 years as a partner at Clifford Chance, spending four years from 2010 as Global Managing Partner of the Antitrust Practice and Head of EU Public Policy. Oliver has won the ILO Client Choice Award in 2010 and 2014.

He obtained an M.A. and LLM from Cambridge University and has worked in the UK, France, Belgium and the U.S. 

Colin Ettinger, Partner Irwin Mitchell, Personal Injury - Colin is one of the best-known personal injury lawyers in the country – and an ex president of APIL. He has done an interview for the firm that can be read here.

Simon Firth, Partner, Linklaters LLP, Legal issues in global financial markets – Simon specialises in the structuring and documentation of derivatives transactions, with a particular emphasis on credit derivatives and regulatory capital-driven structures. He is frequently the first port of call where judgement calls are required about the interpretation of ISDA documentation or the impact of market developments. 

He is a member of the Financial Markets Law Committee and the author of Derivatives: Law and Practice (Sweet and Maxwell), the leading text book on English derivatives law. In 2013, he was ranked by Chambers & Partners as the leading capital markets lawyer in the UK and one of the ten leading UK business lawyers.

Sarah Gabriel, Partner, Peters & Peters, Commercial law – civil fraud - Sarah joined Peters & Peters in 1993 and became a partner in 1997. Her particular expertise is in the field of civil fraud. She is frequently called upon to advise in complex, often multi-jurisdictional fraud related matters, on behalf of both claimants and defendants. She also has extensive experience of acting in and resolving disputes with HMRC.

David Hodson OBE, The International Family Law Group LLP, Family law – David is one of the world’s leading family lawyers and in June 2014 he was appointed an OBE for his “Services to International Family Law.”

David was the originator and a creator of family arbitration in England and Wales, which has now emulated in other countries. In the 1990’s he created the English Family Law Accreditation Scheme. In 2007 he co-founded The International Family Law Group LLP, the world’s first law firm dedicated to international families and their children.

Stephen Jones, Consultant, Baker McKenzie, Intellectual property law – Stephen is a consultant for the Intellectual Property Department of Baker & McKenzie LLP. He takes particular interest in intellectual property cases involving technical subject matter, and has been involved in patent litigation in the technology, electronics, chemical, pharmaceutical, medical devices, and engineering fields.

Hugh Lumby, Partner, Ashurst LLP, Real Estate - Hugh is a partner and head of global real estate practice, specialising in all forms of commercial property, acting for developers, funds, property companies and occupiers, as well as trusts and syndicates. He has considerable expertise in property development, regeneration co-ownership and property partnership joint ventures and has also acted on a large number of property investments, acquisitions and lettings

Hugh is ranked as a Band 1 lawyer within Chambers UK 2015.

Tim Morris, Partner (retired), Clifford Chance, Debt Finance (global) – Tim was the partner responsible for the knowledge management and internal education functions in Clifford Chance’s Capital Markets group during the period 1998-2013. He was also the firm’s primary representative to the International Capital Market Association. His primary responsibilities were:

  • Developing and maintaining the firm’s stock of template capital markets documentation and practice notes.
  • Producing external and internal; briefings and presentations on new developments in relevant law and practice.
  • Coordinating the group’s response to a number of major events, such as the introduction to the euro, the development and implementation of the European Union’s Financial Services Action Plan.

Shaun Smith QC, Joint head of High Pavement Chambers, Criminal Litigation – Shaun has been a specialist practitioner in crime for over 31 years and a member of the chambers since 1992. He was made Queen’s Counsel in 2008 and is now Joint-Head of Chambers. His testimonials regularly feature in “Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession.”

Tony Williams, Principal, Jomati Consultants, Corporate law and law firm strategy - Tony Williams has more than thirty years’ experience in the legal profession. He is admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales, Hong Kong and Victoria, Australia. As principal of Jomati Consultants, Tony has worked for a range of international and domestic firms in the UK, US and Continental Europe, Asia and Australia. His advice covers such matters as management succession, partner appraisal and remuneration, peer reviews, firm strategy and its implementation including business planning and the positioning of law firms in their market.

Jonathan Wood, Partner, Weil, Gotshal and Manges, Private equity, mergers and acquisitions - Jonathan is ranked as a leading lawyer for Private Equity: Buyouts: UK-wide by Chambers UK 2015, being described as “a strong technical lawyer.” His considerable experience includes advising Advent International in its leveraged buyout of KMD, a Denmark-based IT systems developer, its acquisition of The Priory Group, and Craegmoor, which provides care and support services and the  companies acquisition of DFS sofa retailer; HgCapital in its acquisition of Leasedrive Group and Zenith Vehicle Contracts Group and General Atlantic in its investments in FNZ, a provider of software solutions to the financial services sector.

About The University of Law:

The University of Law (ULaw) is the largest and longest established provider of professional legal education and training in the world with centres in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Chester, Guildford, Manchester and Leeds as well as offering some courses at The University of Exeter.  Previously The College of Law, it was granted university status in November 2012.

  • ULaw recently announced it would be offering an Employment Promise to students starting their LPC in 2015, offering 50% tuition fees money back guarantee if they don’t secure a job nine months after graduation. The Employment Promise has further been extended to GDL students who enrol on to study LPC with ULaw in 2016.
  • In 2014, more ULaw students commenced training contracts with leading global law firms than any other legal education provider.
  • It is committed to the employability of its students: 97% of full time LPC students who graduated in summer 2014 had secured employment within nine months of graduation, with 91% employed in law (based on recent destination figures).
  • ULaw is the chosen legal training provider for nine out of the top ten leading global law firms, and has exclusive training relationships with over 30 leading law firms, including Linklaters, Ashursts and Trowers and Hamlins.
  • Its LL.B law degree, focused on employability and professional legal skills was ranked joint second for satisfaction in the 2014 National Student Survey.
  • In February 2015, it launched an MSc in Law, Business and Management, designed in conjunction with Linklaters. 
  • All of ULaw’s tutors are qualified solicitors or barristers with practice experience
  • ULaw is the only UK university which has been granted an ABS licence.
  • It also offers the UK’s largest pro-bono programme with over 3,600 opportunities for students.
  • It offers a legal apprenticeship scheme in partnership with Further Education Colleges as part of its mission to widen access to the legal profession.

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