Who recognizes Toles (Test of Legal English Skills) ?

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Toles developed materials and exams as a direct solution for law firms complaining that law graduates holding a wide variety of English language certificates lacked the level of English required to carry out essential legal tasks.

The Toles training materials and exams are very well-known among law firms and very highly valued by them. The material is guided by what law firm require and expect, not through academic circles.

Law firms and organisations that have already entered candidates for the TOLES exams include:

The Law Society of England and Wales
Linklaters Oppenhoff and Radler
Allen&Overy LLP
Baker and McKenzie
Sony Ericsson
Daimler Chrysler
European Court of Justice
European Central Bank
Deutsche Bundesbank
Qatar Steel Company
Qatar Petrochemical Corporation
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

The high calibre of organizations ensures that TOLES will always be a very valuable asset for you to add to your CV or LinkedIn profile.

Now it is possible to study and sit the TOLES exam in Bologna. Visit our website Toles Registered and Authorized Trainer and Examination Centre or by filling in the contact form below.


#Brexit Bill Defeated by the House of Lords.

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The Brexit Bill has been defeated by the House of Lords by a majority of about 100. The Lords argued that there was not sufficient protection for EU nations in the UK.

The Bill now goes back to the House of Commons to be amended and presented again.

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International Law Symposium – 6 July – 9 July 2017, Bologna, Italy

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Today’s practitioners, whether operating domestically or internationally, are required to know how the law from other jurisdictions impacts on their  client’s business affairs. Whether the client is located in the US or UK or in Europe, a practitioner needs to understand the fundamental elements of these legal systems in order to protect and or defend their client’s business.

This week has been specifically developed to assist the local practitioner to understand the basic requirements of the common law system.

The first part of the course will start with an introduction to common law system of law and look at how the common law system developed.

The second part of the course will involve the study of various areas of common law in the UK and contracted to the US system. We will study contracts law, torts law, the impact of equity, remedies available for breach.

The third part of the course will focus on the impact of the conflict of laws (private international law). How does this operate in the areas of tort, contract, property and so on and transactions which contain a foreign element.For example, conflict of laws issues will arise if proceedings are contemplated in London in respect of a contract involving a party in Italy seeking to recover damages for breach of a contract governed by the law of Italy.

The fourth part of the course will look at civil litigation procedure from studying the legal institutions, and the civil procedure rules including discovery, interrogatories, affidavits.

The final part of the course will involve a negotiation of a dispute where participants will have the chance to role play in the negotiation. At the conclusion of the negotiation, the participants will also be drafting terms of settlement for the matter.

The topics to be covered in this symposium are:-

1. Introduction to the common law system in the UK and US and terminology

2. Contracts law and terminology in the UK and US and the international sale of goods (Vienna Convention)

3.  Torts law and terminology in the UK and US

4. Equity law in the UK and terminology

5. Remedies and damages in the US & UK for breach of contract and torts

6. Law of contract – forum of competent jurisdiction and the law of the contract

7. The Impact of private international law on commercial transactions

8. Commencing proceedings and civil litigation procedure including discovery, interrogatories, affidavits.

9. Dispute Resolution and the art of negotiation

10. Case study – participants will role play in the negotiation and draft terms of settlement for the matter.

Detailed Program and Registration – Click here or for further information fill in the attached form.

Legal English and Common Law for International Practitioners – 1 June – 4 June 2017, Bologna, Italy

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This course is aimed at lawyers, notaries, accountants, in-house counsel and other professional advisers who wish to master their skills in international business.

This course is the first stepping-stone for any practitioner advising clients with business affairs in the UK or clients planning to diversify their activities with a global perspective. 

The course is also suitable for students or practitioners thinking of qualifying as a solicitor under the QLTS scheme in the UK, or sitting for the TOLES examination (The Official Legal English Examination).

This course will be held from 1 June 2017 – 4 June 2017 in Bologna for a total of 20 hours in-class face to face lectures and workshops. 

The head -trainer, Sofia Parastatidou, is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and a leading Legal English Trainer in Italy. 

The topics to be covered in this course include:- 

  1. Introduction to the common law system and the English Legal Profession
  2. Contracts Law & Terminology
  3. Introduction to Tort Law & Terminology
  4. UK Company Law 
  5. Real Property Transactions and Conveyancing in the UK
  6. Succession in the UK (wills and probate)
  7. Trusts in the UK 
  8. Introduction to Tax and Accounting in the UK
  9. Brexit and the Implications for the Legal Profession and their clients
  10. Case Studies, Role Plays and practical exercises 

Further details and a detailed program are available by emailing or completing the form below.

Detailed Program and Registration (Click here)

Toles – What is TOLES ?

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judge-1024x683Do you know what Toles is ? Where can you study for the Toles ? Is it recognized by the profession and employers ?

Details coming soon.


#BREXIT BREAKING NEWS: Blair urges UK to rethink BREXIT

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Former Prime Minister has urged those who oppose BREXIT to “rise up” and have a second referendum to get voters to change their mind about leaving the EU.

Click on this link for the full story: Blair wants second referendum on Brexit

Time Line for Brexit

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As we all know, this time line is now well out of date. The UK House of Commons agreed to trigger Article 50 last week, with the House of Lords considering the question now.

It can take several months before the House of Lords deliberates the issue and depending on whether or not the Bill is accepted or amended or rejected, it may lead to the process starting again.

Stay tuned.