Macfarlanes plumps for tailored BPP course

BPP Law School has tied the knot with Macfarlanes, meaning all Macfarlanes trainees will study the LPC exclusively at BPP’s London branch from September next year.

MacFarlanes is just the latest firm to succumb to the lure of a single LPC provider, as the number of unallied firms left for law schools to play for grows ever smaller.

The rivalry between law schools began in earnest in 2004 when the eight top firms behind the corporate-focused City LPC kicked Nottingham off its three-school panel of providers.

Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Linklaters broke away from the group to go it alone with the College of Law, while the remaining five – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith, Lovells, Norton Rose and Slaughter and May – signed up to exclusive courses with BPP.

BPP has since added Addleshaw Goddard, CMS Cameron McKenna and Simmons & Simmons to its portfolio, while the College of Law has signed up Baker & McKenzie, Barlow Lyde & Gilbert, Berwin Leighton Paisner, Cobbetts and Halliwells.

As reported on (13 November), Nottingham Law School (NLS) made its first play to try and regain premier-league status by signing an exclusive deal with US firm Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw.

Mayer Brown LPC students will attend NLS’s new London branch from 2007, when it opens in conjunction with US professional training giant Kaplan.