BPP Law School London: ‘excellent’ or just ‘very good’?

BPP Law School’s London branch could lose its ‘excellent’ rating after the latest round of Law Society grading visits, The Lawyer can reveal.

BPP Law School’s London branch could lose its ‘excellent’ rating after the latest round of Law Society grading visits, The Lawyer can reveal.

A recent audit is understood to have resulted in a recommendation that BPP London should be downgraded to ‘very good’.

The recommendation now has to be approved by a board meeting of the assessors.

The news comes ahead of BPP’s expansion into Manchester in September and just after the opening of its Leeds outpost last year.

BPP’s London branch was last audited in May 2003, when it was rated ‘excellent’. Meanwhile, Leeds was graded ‘very good’ at the end of 2004 by the Law Society.

The school is the exclusive City LPC provider for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith, Lovells, Norton Rose and Slaughter and May.

Chief executive Peter Crisp confirmed a recent audit had taken place, but would not comment on the possible downgrade.

If the Law Society confirms the downgrade, only five legal education providers will hold the ‘excellent’ rating: Cardiff Law School, Inns of Court School of Law, Nottingham Law School, Staffordshire University and the University of the West of England.

The Law Society confirmed the school’s current ‘excellent’ rating, but would not comment further.