What’s it about?
This course gives lawyers qualified in civil jurisdictions an introduction to the main principles of English common law. Normally run as an in-house course for law firms or for legal departments of companies, we can run it as a public course if there is enough interest. Register your interest in attending a public course.
Who should attend?
This course is for you if you’re a civil lawyer who:
- has a good level of business and legal English
- has to draft, or review, agreements in English
- would like to understand the basic principles of English law to help you in dealing with English lawyers or clients
It’s ideal for the international offices of UK- or US-headquartered law firms if the lawyers in those offices need a basic understanding of English law, and an ability to understand and draft agreements in English.
What does it cover?
The course will last from two to five days, tailored to your needs. The programme for a typical week-long course might include a detailed look at English contract law, the basics of English tort law, an overview of English property and trusts law and an extended session on modern English legal drafting. It would include exercises in every area, to practise and apply the principles you are learning.
What do others say about the course?
“It was well structured and organised. Cathy really knew what she was talking about as she is a lawyer herself. It will improve my English drafts during day-to-day work.” (Real estate lawyer from the Hong Kong office of Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP)
I liked her manner of presenting the material and articulate speech – very important for non-English visitors. I will apply the techniques at work in Russia and share knowledge with colleagues.” (Artem Dolgov, real estate lawyer from the Moscow office of Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP)
“I liked the interactivity and lively atmosphere. I will use what I have learnt in preparing due diligence reports and in reporting back to colleagues in Germany, especially the knowledge about use of commas.” (Kirsten Woehrn, real estate lawyer from the Frankfurt office of Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP)
“I would definitely recommend this course to other lawyers” (Karla Azevedo, Brazilian lawyer working for Total SA in Paris)
“Très pratique. Permet de se sentir plus à l’aise.” (Stéphanie Defossez-Vincens, French lawyer working for Total SA in Paris)
“Fantastic! Great, very useful. I enjoyed the fact that everything was very practical. Many hints and tips” (Marc-Olivier Nicolas, French lawyer working for Total SA in Paris)
“Very useful for the day-to-day work. We could correct a lot of mistakes made in all contracts [and] documents made in English.” (Nevena Dolmova, Bulgarian lawyer working for Total SA in Paris)