The University of Law has been selected to act as an exclusive Legal Practice Course (LPC) provider by law firm Howard Kennedy. As part of the new partnership, The University will provide legal training for the firm’s trainee solicitors starting in September 2017.
Howard Kennedy will recruit and provide sponsorship for eight trainee solicitors each year to undertake the LPC and benefit from the rigorous, practice-led legal education offered by the University. The University of Law’s course encourages trainees to think like practising solicitors from the start, with a focus on the business context in which clients operate, equipping trainees with the legal knowledge and professional skills to ensure Howard Kennedy’s clients achieve their personal and business objectives.
Howard Kennedy is an approachable, professional, responsive, commercial London based law firm that represents excellent value. Working alongside national and international clients across many disciplines, including banking, corporate and commercial, family, finance, employment, dispute resolution, intellectual property, private client, real estate and tax. Howard Kennedy has a particular focus on Media and Entertainment, Real Estate, Retail and Leisure, Sports Individuals and Technology sectors, and, through HKOne, a legal concierge service for the individual. Its future trainee solicitors will be exposed to a diverse range of real-life opportunities to develop their professional legal knowledge in growing fields of practice.
Professor Andrea Nollent, Vice-Chancellor at The University of Law, said: “Our partnership with Howard Kennedy provides the firm’s trainees with a valuable competitive edge in the highly demanding legal market. The University of Law’s recognised training followed by practical experience gained at the highly respected law firm will deliver a solid foundation for the trainees’ future, ensuring they are prepared to succeed as legal professionals.”
Commenting on the collaboration, Vernon Dennis, Training Principal at Howard Kennedy LLP, said: “Our decision to partner with The University of Law was based on our shared ambition to nurture the lawyers of tomorrow. We are confident that our trainees will gain an edge from their training, offering them the best stepping stone to a fruitful and fulfilling legal career."
The University of Law has strong relationships with leading law firms, including partnerships with Linklaters, Berwin Leighton Paisner, and Ashurst, offering training to their trainee solicitors and lawyers. It also recently launched new paralegal apprenticeship schemes with global law firms Freshfields and Hogan Lovells.