Leeds Met challenges BPP over ‘Leeds Law School’ brand

BPP Law School has become embroiled in a spat with Leeds Metropolitan University following the opening of its latest branch.

Leeds Met raised objections to the way BPP, which recently won the exclusive contract to provide the LPC to the five-strong City consortium, has heralded the opening of its Leeds base.

Leeds Met and BPP have exchanged correspondence in recent months regarding the ownership of the trademark ‘Leeds Law School’, which the university registered in 2001. Leeds Met is believed to have been disgruntled after BPP referred to itself as ‘Leeds Law School’ on its website and in a poster.

BPP Law School chief executive Peter Crisp said any confusion caused by the use of the phrase was done completely inadvertently and that the matter had been resolved amicably. He also admitted that there were a few red faces at BPP, particularly because it had recently launched an IP centre of excellence in Leeds.

BPP opened its first regional law school in Leeds in September 2004. In March 2004, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith, Lovells, Norton Rose and Slaughter and May signed an exclusive agreement with BPP for the City LPC.