With the onset of summer, the work for the day done, I took myself (and my slightly sinister new temporary tache) off to a cafe in Battersea Square to sit in the sun, drink black coffee, smoke Marlboros and catch up on a bit of law news in The Guardian and The Times.
After reading about Ken Clarke and how he won’t be an easy lay as Lord Chancellor, I turned to The Times Student Law section which can often a gorge fest for advertorial. Today was no different. I was entertained for five minutes by an article where Peter Crisp, CEO of BPP Law School, justified his law school’s outrageous over subscription of students on the BVC last year – because ‘BPP is so popular’. It appeared to have nothing whatsoever to do with extra wedge or , more formally, income or…indeed…. poor administration. Peter Crisp said there is now a statistician (appointed by the BVC) to ensure that BPP Law School registrars can count.
Yesterday I wrote about the extraordinary story of Katie Best at the BPP Business School saying she regarded the description ‘sausage factory’ as a compliment….
Actually, I take the “BPP is a sausage factory” criticism as a compliment – and not just because it reveals the nervousness of the establishment about the shake-ups in the sector we may prompt. Last time I looked, sausage factories were highly efficient, rational places that make money by providing consumers with a product they desire. Only a very small proportion of sausage factories make their money from churning out products of dubious quality; the rest focus their attention on making affordable, high-quality products that ensure repeat purchase.”
I repeat my hope that this ‘thinking’ does not escape, jump over the wall and infect the quality of work done by the professional team at BPP Law School!
Anyway, you have to hand it to Peter Crisp - he certainly keeps the message that BPP were not at fault in any way for the over recruitment on message.
I seem to recall that Peter Crisp has two sausage dogs!
Anyway… moving on to other matters legal…
Law firms take up the supermarket challenge
Tesco, the Co-op and others are planning to launch their new legal services under opportunities afforded by The Legal Services Act. Big brand names are going into the market – including The Halifax.
I am pleased to report that The Times is reporting that high street solicitors are rising to this challenge with their own “BRAND”…. QualitySolicitors – providing no frills legal advice.
The Times reports: “Craig Holt, barrister and chief executive of the new QualitySolicitors network, said: “What the legal market is desperately missing is a recognisable, customer service-focused national brand name — a ‘household name’ — that people can rely on without having to spend hours researching and choosing between dozens of local law firms.”
I’m not sure the name is that great… a bit last century – but hey… what’s in a name?”
I rather suspect that branding this operation will cost a fair bit of money. tesco, the Co-op and halifax sp[end millions and are already well known. What's more - they have the space in their supermarkets and bank outlets. I rather liked this comment...
Eddie Ryan, managing director of Co-operative Legal Services, said: “Yes, we are a threat, [but] are we going to try and wipe out small firms? No.”