Nottingham Law School installs CEO in London

Nottingham Law School’s new London branch has appointed its first chief executive officer.

Jill Janney will join the school at the end of January from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where she is head of dispute resolution practice development.

Janney’s hire is the latest strategic play by the law school to regain premier status, having lost ground to rivals the College of Law and BPP Law School in recent years.

It follows the school’s first success in the fightback campaign last month (13 November), when it signed an exclusive deal with US firm Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM) to deliver the LPC for the firm’s London trainees. MBRM is the first major firm to have signed up with Nottingham Law School, the majority of top firms having wedded to BPP and the College of Law.

Janney worked as a lawyer in Freshfields’ London office until 1991, when she left to develop a legal academic and teaching career. This included working as a trainer at the College of Law and as a Law Society examiner.

Janney returned to Freshfields in 1999. Since then she has been responsible for ideas including the firm’s two-week ‘simulated office’ for newly qualified associates.

As first reported on (22 June), Nottingham Law School launched its London branch when it signed a partnership agreement with £855m training giant Kaplan to offer LPC and GDL places to around 250 students. The first cohort will start in September 2007.