Common Law and Legal English Weekend for the International Practitioner – Bologna, 1-3 June 2018

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judge-1024x683Today’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 weekend school has been specifically developed to assist practitioners to understand the basic requirements of the common law system in the US and UK.

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 course 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; Applicable Law, Court of Competent Jurisdiction.

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.

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Professional Conduct & Regulation (QLTS Module)

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Upon completion of this module, participants will be able to identify and act in accordance with the core duties of professional conduct and professional ethics.

  1. The Principles – Lawyers need to be familiar with the solicitors regulations and in particular the mandatory SRA principles.
  2. The Code of Conduct
  • Duties and responsibilities owed to clients
  • Running of the business
  • Interacting with the Regulator
  • Duties to others
  1. Money Laundering
  1. Financial Services
  1. Solicitors Accounts


For further details send an email to Course dates for 2017 will be available shortly. Click here for details Professional Responsability


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This course focuses on the recognition of the demands and standards imposed upon or expected of practitioners.  Apart from examining the fundamental duties and obligations practitioners have we will also be studying the apparent conflicts and their resolution.

The objectives of the course are therefore:

(a)  to give the student a sound background of the statute, common law and rules and regulations which govern professional practice as a legal practitioner;

(b)  to provide guidance as to what can go wrong, how to recognise a problem, and what help is available, and what may occur where there has been an ethical breach.

 Topics to be studied include: –

  1. Solicitors’ duties and the Regulation of practitioners;
  2. The lawyer’s duty to the client;
  3. The lawyer’s duty to the Court;
  4. The lawyer’s duty to the public, other parties and colleagues;
  5. Regulation of practitioners and confidential communications and privilege.
  6. Misconduct and unsatisfactory professional conduct
  7. Disciplinary apparatus in UK
  8. Admission and expulsion of lawyers


For further details on this course and to join our mailing list send an email to: . Dates for courses in 2017 coming soon.

Click here for further detailsLegal Ethics


Interviewing and Advising Clients (QLTS Module)

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On completion of this module, participants should demonstrate an understanding of the principles and techniques of the skills of interviewing and advising.

Element 1:  Interviewing

 Participants should:

  1. be able to choose an appropriate way to obtain relevant information
  2. be able to plan, prepare for and identify the objectives of an interview
  3. understand how to conduct an effective interview that elicits the relevant information, allows the client to explain any concerns, anticipates the client’s questions and has clear outcomes
  4. be able to listen actively and use appropriate questioning techniques
  5. be able to establish a professional relationship.

Element 2:  Advice and follow up

Participants should be able to:

  1. advise the client taking into account the client’s objectives, priorities and constraints and addressing all relevant factual, practical and legal issues
  2. identify possible courses of action, the legal and non-legal consequences of a course of action (including the costs, benefits and risks) and assist the client in reaching a decision
  3. identify any further decisions to be made or steps to be taken and manage the client’s expectations including likely outcomes and timescales
  4. accurately record an interview, advice given orally, decisions made by the client and follow-up steps and, where appropriate, confirm instructions in each case in accordance with the outcomes for Writing
  5. identify the circumstances in which to take instructions or seek advice from a supervising solicitor.

For further details send an email to or visit the site by clicking here Interviewing and Advising Clients (QLTS)

Course dates for 2017 will be available shortly.

Drafting Legal Documents (QLTS Module)

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book-1261800__340In English law, there are specific rules about pleadings and other legal documents. Every practitioner needs to be able to draft legal documents in an effective way whilst at the same time, conforming to the rules and practice.

On completion of this module, participants should:

  1. understand the content and requirements of formal legal documents in the core practice areas
  1. understand the principles of good drafting and editing
  1. be able to explain their own and others’ drafting.

Element I:  Drafting and amending documents

Participants should be able to draft and amend basic documents or provisions that:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the relevant legal, factual and procedural issues
  2. meet all formal legal or other requirements
  3. demonstrate a considered choice, use and adaptation of templates or precedents
  4. are in prescribed or generally accepted form.

 Element II:  Style of drafting and amending

 Participants should be able to draft and amend documents that:

  1. use accurate, straightforward and modern language
  2. use correct spelling, grammar, syntax and punctuation
  3. are easy to follow, internally consistent and free of ambiguity
  4. use recitals, definitions and boilerplate correctly and appropriately
  5. have a clear, logical, consistent and appropriate structure, layout and use of numbering and schedules.

 Element III:  Explaining and editing

 Participants should be able to:

  1. explain in clear and simple terms the meaning and effect of basic documents and the possible implications for the client
  2. review and edit their own and others’ drafting to identify and correct omissions, errors and unnecessary provisions


For further details send an email to or click here Drafting Legal Documents – more information

Course dates for 2017 will be available shortly.



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Upon completion of this core practice area, participants will:-

  • Understand the nature of civil litigation
  • Be able to identify the critical steps in civil litigation

Participants will learn how to do

  1. Do a case analysis
  2. Evaluate different courses of action
  3. Consider the prospect of litigation funding or public funding
  4. Identify and take steps in court procedure taken in the preparation and conduct of litigation.
  5. Alternate Dispute Resolution
  6. Enforcement and appeal of judgements
  7. Drafting appropriate pleadings


For further details send an email to Course dates for 2017 will be available shortly. Click here to visit our website  Civil Litigation – QLTS module