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National firm Beachcroft Wansbroughs and the University of the West of England (UWE) have teamed up to launch a postgraduate diploma in commercial property.
The firm created the diploma to guarantee standards of excellence. Property head Michael Bothamley said that, in 18 months, nearly half of Beachcrofts' property lawyers will have completed the diploma.
The diploma is aimed at assistants of up to four years' post-qualification experience and consists of six two-day courses plus a written and oral assessment. Topics covered include the grant of a lease and the sale, purchase and management of a commercial property investment.
The course is believed to be the country's first diploma sponsored jointly by a university and a law firm. UWE vice-chancellor Alfred Morris said it could be transferred to other professions easily.