English Law & Language for overseas in-house lawyers



Training will be conducted on a 1:1, 1:2 or small-group basis over 3-5 days. Course duration: 18-30 hours. The course may also be held on a semi-intensive half-daily basis.


The aims of this course are to introduce overseas in-house lawyers to key aspects of the English Legal System as they affect Commercial Law; to present and discuss terms and themes in the area of international commercial practice for in-house lawyers; to develop an understanding of the fundamentals of English Contract Law, to familiarise delegates with the basic principles of English Company Law and to present and discuss some current issues in Corporate Governance.
All of the above will be applied in the context of the communication and soft skills necessary for international practice today.

Legal Subjects & Terminology:

1 Introduction to The English Legal System/comparison with delegate's own legal system
2 Introduction to English Contract Law
3 International Commercial Agreements
4 Terms in English Corporate Law 1: Forms of Incorporation, Separate Legal Personality, Setting up a Company
5 Terms in English Corporate Law 2: Corporate Governance, Corporate Structure, Shareholders & Directors
6 Current Issues in International Commercial Practice

Skills :

The following Skills will be practised in the context of the topics outlined above:

Presentation Skills, Client Briefing Skills, Client Conference Skills, Writing Skills


Issues of grammar/syntax, style and expression will be addressed on a remedial basis in the context of the various tasks undertaken on the course.


Whether conducted on a 1:1 or small-group basis, these courses are highly participative and tailored closely to the needs of each delegate. Activities include intensive reading exercises, discussion/analysis of legal concepts, Q&A on legal topics, formal input, simulations, ad-hoc briefings and written exercises.