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.

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Course dates for 2017 will be available shortly.


Effective Writing Skills (QLTS Module)

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Effective Writing means maximum organization. Poor organization leads to a missed opportunity to present your ideas, and yourself, with power.

In this module, you will learn how to organize your writing for effective communication.

 Specifically, participants will :-

  1. understand and be able to choose the appropriate method of communication
  1. understand and be able to apply the principles of good writing.

 Part I:  Appropriate use of media

 Participants should:

  1. understand the appropriate uses of emails, letters, memoranda and other forms of written communication
  1. be able to choose the appropriate medium, form and style
  1. be able to tailor the written communication to suit the purpose of the communication and the needs of different clients or recipients.

 Part II:  Writing style

Participants should be able to produce written work which is appropriate for the chosen medium and the recipient and which:

  1. uses accurate, straightforward and modern language
  1. uses correct spelling, grammar, syntax and punctuation
  1. has a clear, logical, consistent and appropriate structure and format
  1. has been checked and edited.

 Part III:  Content 

 Students should be able to produce written work which:

  1. forms a coherent whole and, where appropriate, advances the matter;
  1. addresses accurately and correctly all the relevant legal and factual issues and, where appropriate, identifies practical options including the costs, benefits and risks of those options
  1. identifies clearly clients’ objectives and priorities, addresses their concerns and carries out their instructions
  1. accurately and systematically records a meeting or presentation and its outcomes.


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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


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Course dates for 2017 will be available shortly.


International Franchise Law & Practice – Masterclass

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One of the most popular business models used today to expand globally is franchising.

We have developed this course to assist the practitioner and their client to understand the complexities of this type of business expansion.

The International Franchising Law Masterclass is comprised of the following topic areas:

  1. Different business models in the franchising system
  2. Business format of franchising
  3. The impact of different cultures and legal systems of international franchising
  4. The effect of a wide range of laws which govern franchising such as franchising laws, codes of conduct, trademark protection, dispute resolution
  5. New developments in taxation avoidance and minimisation and the impact it has on business models.

More specifically, we will be looking at:-

  1. Definition of franchising.
  2. Assessing a franchise business for suitability of transport to overseas jurisdictions.
  3. The role of legal advisers in the business decision to expand a franchise to a new country.
  4. Comparison of Business Models (organics, agents, distributors, licencing, franchising, joint ventures, master franchisees)
  5. Franchising and the concept of culture
  6. Building and protecting the brand
  7. Due diligence
  8. Brand Due Diligence
  9. Role of advisers in due diligence
  10. Contents of a franchising agreement
  11. Obligations of franchisor and franchisee
  12. Other important terms in a franchise agreement
  13. Due Diligence Considerations
  14. Carve-outs
  15. Comparative session – Italy v UK
  16. International Franchise Laws and Regulations
  17. Franchise Business Structures
  18. Expansion in franchising
  19. Legal Issues in negotiation matters
  20. Intellectual Property Issues
  21. Protection of Trade Marks
  22. Real Property considerations – Leases and licences
  23. Dispute Resolution
  24. Alternative dispute resolution – mediation and arbitration
  25. Forum and choice of Law
  26. Factors in dispute resolution
  27. The future of franchising
  28. Social Franchising
  29. Exit Strategies – selling, insolvency, buyouts, public listing, venture capitalists

The students will be learning the above through caselaw and practice case studies to apply the concepts to real practical situations.

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Intellectual Property Law Masterclass

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Philosophical and economic underpinnings lie behind Intellectual Property Law.

The law of intellectual property includes the areas of copyright, design, patents, confidential information, business reputation and trademarks.

In the Intellectual Property Law Masterclass, we will be studying key policy issues, the rationale and role of intellectual property law.

We will examine the overlap between areas of protection, the growing importance of obligations under international treaties and the interaction of intellectual property law with other areas such as competition law and contract law.

For each category of intellectual property, we will be learning about how the rights arise, the nature of the rights protected, ownership and exploitation. Finally, we will study infringement types and what remedies are available to owners of IP.

In particular, the Masterclass will cover: –

  1. Introduction and history of intellectual property
  2. International aspects of intellectual property protection
  3. International Treaties & UK statues and the system in the US
  4. Common Law principles and the protection of intellectual property
  1. Copyright principles and protection
  2. Copyright Assignment and Licensing
  3. Copyright Infringement, Defences and Remedies
  1. Industrial Designs & Requirements for registration
  2. Infringement of Design, Defences and Remedies
  1. Patents principles and protection
  2. Infringement of Patents, Defences and Remedies
  1. Confidential information and principles
  2. Remedies for breach of confidential information in contract and equity
  3. Defences for breach of confidential information and Remedies
  1. Business Reputation and principles in the action of passing off
  2. Misrepresentation, Association, Sponsorship and endorsement
  1. Trade Marks elements and principles
  2. History of Trademarks at common law and international conventions
  3. Classes of designated goods and services
  4. Trade Mark registration and elements necessary for registration
  5. Grounds for opposition to registration
  6. Licensing of Trade Marks
  7. Infringement, Defences and Remedies
  1. Domain names and new technology issues
  1. The Future of IP

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Often professionals need to advice their clients in a variety of fields including intellectual property law.

In this mini-class we will be studying the main areas of intellectual property including copyright, patents and trademarks.

We will study landmark cases and learn the key legal terms in IP.

In this Mini-Class we will study: –

  1. Definitions of different types of intellectual property
  2. Types of Agreement and Contracts – Licensing
  3. Breaches of Intellectual Property
  4. Damages
  5. Injunctions
  6. Amending an Agreement
  7. IP Rights and the Internet
  8. Case Law
  9. Role -Play – Negotiating an Agreement

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The course deals with risk management and personal insolvency (bankruptcy) and corporate insolvency (covering both liquidation and non-liquidation arrangements).

We will examine the law from a UK and US perspective.

We will be studying different types of risks and learning essential terms before turning to the insolvency aspects of our studies.

In this course, we will be learning: –

  • Types of Risks
  • Risks in Management
  • Essential Terms in Risk Management
  • Essential Terms in Insolvency
  • Company Law Overview
  • Insolvency Law in UK and US and the grounds for winding up a company
  • Statutory Demands and Creditors Petitions
  • Debtors Petitions
  • Individual Voluntary Arrangements
  • Liquidator’s powers and duties and the administration of the winding up
  • Assets available to the liquidator
  • Voidable transactions
  • Insolvent trading actions

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