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BARBRI acquires Altior from Kaplan in preparation for SQE changes


Legal education provider BARBRI has acquired Altior Consulting & Training from Kaplan, as it gears up to deliver the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE).


BARBRI has acquired all assets of leading legal training provider Kaplan Altior, which delivered the Professional Skills Course (PSC) for trainee solicitors, which BARBRI Altior will now deliver.

BARBRI will transfer Altior’s current workforce to its own staff to expand its UK workforce and enhance its stake in delivering legal training at all levels and career stages.


Altior has a total of 65 experienced trainers and assessors and offers in the region of 50 legal training courses to 750 law firms, including one-quarter of the UK’s TOP 100 law firms.


Managing Director for BARBRI International, Sarah Hutchinson, said:


“This is an exciting development for BARBRI as we build our expertise in the SQE preparation course market – not only does it expand our team with an exceptional client service team, it also significantly enhances our base of experienced and well-respected tutors for specialist trainee and solicitor skills training.


“We are committed to maintaining the high standards Altior has set for its law firm and lawyer clients – including not only the trainees completing the PSC, but also those professionals accessing its extensive range of CPD courses.”


CEO of Kaplan Professional UK and Ireland, Peter Houillon, added:


“We are delighted that our Kaplan Altior business will be joining BARBRI, which has a strong reputation for high-quality training in the legal sector.”


The BARBRI Group is a global company and has its headquarters in Dallas, Texas. It has offices globally, including London.


The company’s core bar courses have been responsible for more than 1.3 million lawyers around the world passing a US bar exam.


The initial administration for the SQE is due to start in 2021 and will change the way in which solicitors qualify, with an independent centralised assessment being introduced to ensure consistency in standards.



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