College of Law plans Manchester invasion

The College of Law has stepped up its war with BPP Law School by announcing plans to launch a branch in Manchester.

The college plans to invest £5.5m in the new centre, which will admit its first students in September 2009, and is hoping to attract around 400 students by 2012. The LPC, GDL and continued professional development courses will be run out of the branch.

Nigel Savage, College of Law chief executive, said: “People underestimate the size of the North West. At £106bn, it’s the UK’s equivalent to California and larger than several European economies. We’ve won the battle in London, so it makes sense to move to another city. We’ve already?built?strong relationships with firms in Manchester through our Chester centre.”

Savage added that the move is also part of the bid to forge closer relationships with law firms as part of its strategy of providing tailor-made LPCs. The college is already the choice LPC provider to Manchester-based firms Cobbetts and Halliwells.

In recent months the ongoing battle for dominance between the college and BPP became bloodier than ever after BPP announced substantial fee hikes.