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ULaw strikes LPC training deal with Howard Kennedy

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Single office City firm will continue to pay is trainees fees

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The University of Law (ULaw) has put pen to paper on a new training deal that will see it become the exclusive Legal Practice Course (LPC) provider for Howard Kennedy’s future trainees.

Based on the Thames and offering around eight training contracts annually, Howard Kennedy specialises in a jumble of practice areas, and notably raised eyebrows across the legal profession last October by locking the computers of lawyers who failed to hit their billing targets.

The firm pays its first year trainees £36,000, rising to £38,000 in year two. Newly-qualified lawyers at the single-office City outfit currently pocket a respectable £56,000. The firm, which didn’t have a provider training deal prior to today, confirmed it will continue to cover the full cost of its trainees’ LPC fees.

Commenting on the new deal Vernon Dennis, training principal at the Howard Kennedy, said:

Our decision to partner with The University of Law was based on our shared ambition to nurture the lawyers of tomorrow. We are confident that our trainees will gain an edge from their training, offering them the best stepping stone to a fruitful and fulfilling legal career.

BPP Law School, not to be outdone by its market rival, has signed a similar LPC deal with North West outfit Brabners. The firm — which is renowned for its work within the sports industry — was originally with ULaw.

ULaw currently has deals with the likes of Linklaters, Berwin Leighton Paisner and Ashurst. Meanwhile BPP has similar tie-ups with Clifford Chance, Holman Fenwick Willan, DAC Beachcroft and Mayer Brown.

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