Law school secures Lovells partner in credibility drive

Nottingham Law School has hired Lovells litigation partner Keith Gaines as its new dean.

Gaines will join in May and is charged with leading the school’s LPC, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and with building its research profile.

His hire is the school’s latest effort to regain premier status, after losing ground to rivals the College of Law and BPP Law School.

The school’s opening gambit was signing a deal with US professional training giant Kaplan to launch a London branch in September this year, as first reported on www.the (22 June 2006).

Gaines said he will focus on winning back top 10 firms, most of which send their trainees to the College of Law or BPP – including Lovells, which sends it trainees to BPP.

Gaines said: “We see an opportunity there. We’re not [in London] with someone like Kaplan to just sit back and say, ‘everything’s hunky-dory in the marketplace’.”

Gaines added that he will also focus on attracting other top 50 firms and premier boutiques and on forming closer ties with the FTSE250.

However, Nottingham Law School has lost its first London chief executive. Jill Janney, head of dispute resolution practice development at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, was due to start this month, but has left for health reasons.