College of Law clinches pact with magic circle firms

Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Linklaters have signed up the College of Law as their exclusive LPC provider after sensationally pulling out of the City consortium.

The college is creating courses tailored specifically to the each of the firms’ needs and is a major boost for the college which four years ago was excluded from the original City LPC contract which went to a consortium made up of BPP, Nottingham Law School and Oxford Institute of Legal Practice.

Linklaters appears to be the furthest down the line as its proposed course has received a recommendation by a Law Society validation panel. However it still needs to gain formal approval by the Law Society’s Legal Practice Board which will take place in May.

The College of Law already runs Linklaters’ litigation seat.

Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance are developing bespoke LPC courses alongside the college, with the new arrangements scheduled to kick off in September 2006.

The other five practices in the eight-firm consortium, Slaughter and May, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith, Lovells and Norton Rose have signed an exclusive agreement with BPP.