22 April, 2008 – College of Law in £5.5m city centre move
A solicitor's college is in the final stages of choosing a city centre site for their planned move to Manchester. The college is responsible for the national training and development of solicitors and the move speaks volumes about the strength ans vibrancy of the Manchester legal sector.
It is also investing £2m to expand services at its centre in Chester.
The college, which is an educational charity, is in final negotiations over a site in Manchester city centre and expects it to be up and running by next year. It will employ around 30 staff initially as it goes head to head with other training providers, including Manchester Metropolitan University and BPP.
Tricia Chatterton, north west regional director for the college, said: "The growth of legal activity in Manchester has been phenomenal over the past few years.
"With that in mind, the college feels that the time is right for us to extend our north west operations to open a centre here in order to meet the growing demands from our customers. In doing so we will be supporting the local economy by encouraging the retention of legal talent and developing the region’s future managing partners." The college offers programmes for lawyers at all stages of qualification. Manchester will be its seventh centre – it has two in London and ones in Guildford, York and Birmingham in addition to Chester.
Manchester Law Society president Stephen Hindmarsh said: "This is a most exciting time for the Manchester legal community. The college has built a reputation for excellence and innovation – precisely the qualities needed for our future lawyers."
Major city centre law firms such as Halliwells, Addleshaw Goddard, DLA Piper, Eversheds and Hammonds today welcomed news of the college’s arrival in Manchester.
Paul Lee, senior partner at Addleshaw Goddard, said: "It is vital for the future of our region that we invest in the training and development of the next generation of business advisers."
Source: Manchester Evening News