BPP University chief exits after 20 years at legal education giant

Carl Lygo started as a tutor at the law school in the 1990s

The boss of one of the biggest law schools in the land is stepping down after 20 years.

Carl Lygo is a well-known figure in the legal education world having joined BPP Law School in its early days after it was founded by entrepreneur and legal blogging pioneer Mike Semple-Piggot in 1993.

Lygo, who practised as a barrister for 11 years before moving into teaching, then helped BPP establish its Bar Vocational Course (now known as the Bar Professional Training Course) and Legal Practice Course, before leading the organisation’s transition from college to university status in 2013.

Rumours about Lygo’s departure have been circulating since last week, and were fuelled further yesterday after he revealed on LinkedIn that he had been appointed non-executive chairman of the Association of Costs Lawyers’ training arm. He has also recently been appointed as a board member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

But it wasn’t until this afternoon that the exit chatter was confirmed as BPP notified first its staff and then Legal Cheek that Lygo was departing for pastures new.

He is being replaced, for now, by former BPP Business School dean Tim Stewart, who’ll serve as interim CEO of BPP Holdings and interim vice chancellor of BPP University. A further shake-up of BPP’s senior team seems possible, but right now no one is commenting.

In a statement, Lygo said:

It has been an amazing 20 years at BPP working my way up from Tutor to CEO and becoming the first Vice Chancellor. I leave BPP in strong leadership under Professor Tim Stewart. I will now focus the next part of my career on charitable and community work.

News of Lygo’s departure comes a month after BPP Law School owner Apollo Education Group was sold to a trio of investment firms for £760 million.

Previously

Carl Lygo: ‘I applied to every firm in my home town for a training contract and they all rejected me without interview’ [Legal Cheek]

25 Comments

LPC student

This feels like the day Princess Diana died. I’ll always remember where I was when I heard this.

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Anonymous

Hahaha hahaha exactly.

No one gives a flying fuck some randomer running a scam institution is going to be replaced by another faceless paper pusher.

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Anonymous

Because they are now owned by 3 private equity businesses

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Anonymous

Most of these failed barristers turned BPTC lecturers will start looking for alternative careers as they see the BPTC could be abolished within the next few years.

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Anonymous

Called 1991. By (when?) 1993 already ‘practising’ only part-time and ‘lecturing?’ Joined BPP 1996. Flim-flam.

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Anonymous

Thanks Carl, for playing a large role in ripping off many law school students with extortionate fees xoxo

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Anonymous

The best Prime Minister this country never had. What a legend!

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Anonymous

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LPC rudeboi

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Anonymous

Quite an achievement not to get a training contract in 1991…that’ s when I started out and it was pretty easy to do then and most people had multiple offers

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Anonymous

what a fucking wanker, bpp is scam institution. one word of advice, don’t go there: avoid it like herpes

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Anonymous

Why would you say that? Isn’t it an accredited institution? I am an international student and I’ve been looking into BPP postgraduate master degrees. If there is something I don’t know about this institution, please let readers know. I don’t want to blow my time and money on nothing!

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Anonymous

Hope you see this, trust me from experience, the place is hell hole. If you go there, unfortunately, you will be “wasting your time and money”. They maybe accredited, but as an institution there is something very wrong at BPP. If you don’t believe me I went there for a year, and in one word all I can say is that place is horrendous. The teacher don’t teach, lectures are always cancelled on short notice, the administration is dreadful and the classes do not cover the exams. If you like depressing classrooms and text book learning than be my guest, but if you expect university to be inspiring, engaging and eye-opening avoid it like herpes! The place can be described in one word as sham. Do yourself a favour, just dont go there as it will be a big waste. One of these day it’s going to close down, just like kaplan; and then the truth will be known about BPP. The institution is an embodiment about everything bad about the legal profession and lawyers. If you have the grades and the ability go to a russell group instead, there the best unis for a reason.

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Anonymous

BPP was and is a good post graduate College helping thousands of lawyers to complete their education. There are plenty of far better places to study for a law degree if that is what you are looking to do…the stats and surveys speak for themselves… just read them and make your own decision.

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Anonymous

Bullshit, bop is a sham. Their post grad, just like their llb, is complete shite. The numbers? Don’t believe everything you read. But then again you should know that already with your bop education.

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Anonymous

Bop, oh u mean bpp. I agree that place is shit. More of a test centre that university or college, you know, a bit like the place u go to do your theory test.

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