Helping Lawyers Communicate More Effectively in English

The one-to-one part of this course is designed to improve your performance in international meetings and discussions of legislative proposalsconsultations on specific areas of law, presentations, and interpretation and discussion of legal documents.

Topics typically include: EU institutions and legislation, national legislative procedures, administrative law and employment law. There are also opportunities to focus on specialist areas.

The Successful Communication for Professionals micro-group practises essential language, intercultural and soft skills for effective communication in meetings, presentations and networking events.

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All of the key information you need to know about this course

  • Group size:

Group maximum 4 and 1-1


  • Training day:

LW Combi-30:

6 hrs a day (30 hrs per week- 15 Hours Legal One to One + 15 Hours Successful Communication for Professionals)

08.45 - 12.00 (including a coffee break)

13.30 - 16.45 (including a coffee break)

1 hour = 60 minutes


LW Combi-25

5 hrs a day (25 hrs a week-15 Hours Legal One to One + 10 Hours Successful Communication for Professionals))

8.45am-12.00pm (including a coffee break)

1.30pm-3.45pm (including a coffee break)

A CLT hour= 60 minutes


  • Course level:

Levels 4 - 8 on the school's level scale

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  • Fees:

2016

LW Combi-30: £1775- 15 hours' Successful Communication for Professionals micro-group plus 15 hours' Legal One-to-One per week

LW Combi-25: £1395- 15 hours' Successful Communication for Professionals micro-group plus 10 hours' Legal One-to-One per week

Please note these fees include the following package: 30 hours training plus 3 networking lunches and 2 social activities with trainers per week.


  • Participants age:

Minimum age 25


  • Total contact hours:

  • a minimum 37 (LW Combi-30)
  • a minimum 32 (LW Combi-25)

including: 30 or 25 hours training + 3 networking lunches + 2 social activities per week accompanied by trainers.


  • Schedule

1 - 4 weeks
Start any Monday


Who's it for?

Find out if this course is suitable for your needs

This course is for qualified, experienced lawyers from law firms or the corporate sector, or lawyers working in the state or public sector, either in central government departments, ministries and authorities, or for regional or local government.

Participants are looking for a course which will give them both the opportunity to focus on sector specific language but also communicate with other professionals from a variety of countries, sectors and industries.

If you are currently studying law, are a newly-qualified lawyer or have just started working in a law firm, you might want to consider our Legal English: Young Lawyers course.

Course content

The areas that you can expect to cover during a typical course

One-to-one

The one-to-one content of the course is entirely focussed on your individual needs but may cover the following topics depending on your specialisation:

  • EU and EEA institutions, structures, and legislative procedures
  • national legislative procedures and conflicts between EC and national law
  • public liability and negligence
  • employment law and equal opportunities
  • property law
  • judicial review and administrative law
  • legal vocabulary expansion
  • effective participation in discussions
  • giving presentations
  • written communication including email, reports and formal letters
  • effective telephoning skills

Successful Communication for Professionals micro-group
In the micro-group you can expect to improve the following linguistic and business skills:

  • Communication skills
  • Chairing and participating in meetings
  • Negotiations- persuading, bargaining, compromising
  • Presentations- making yourself clear, effective structuring, and emphasising
  • Business word building
  • Teleconferencing, telephoning and email writing
  • Networking
  • Cross-cultural awareness
  • Grammatical accuracy
  • Accuracy in pronunciation

Practical Language Covered

Course participants can expect the following areas to be covered in the course:

  • Presentation of one's job responsibilities & activities, organisation and products/services
  • Simulated negotiations and business meetings
  • Simulated teleconferencing & telephoning
  • Business vocabulary building
  • Aspects of a company's business – eg marketing, finance, production and distribution
  • Handling personnel matters – eg industrial relations, communication at work
  • Case studies and discussions
  • Analysis of a company's strengths and weaknesses, general and financial
  • Communication in an international context including intercultural understanding
  • Presenting figures and graphs and describing economic and social trends
  • Evaluating cause and result
  • Comparing company culture and national economies
  • Pronunciation and listening comprehension skills
  • Expressing numbers and spelling

We also aim to expand your range of functional language and give you greater access to a variety of more appropriate and diplomatic terms. Functional areas include:

  • Chairing and participating in meetings
  • Expressing opinions
  • Agreeing and disagreeing
  • Clarifying and verifying
  • Making recommendations
  • Interrupting
  • Persuading
  • Bargaining and compromise
  • Dealing with difficult questions
  • Signalling in presentations

We understand the importance of your English outside the office too. That’s why an important part of the course includes social English and networking skills:

  • Introducing yourself and colleagues

The benefits

What you can expect to achieve from your course

  • communicate more confidently
  • speak more accurately and fluently
  • participate more successfully in meetings
  • approach negotiations more tactically and diplomatically
  • respond more spontaneously
  • gain better comprehension skills
  • improve your written English including emailing
  • expand your range of professional vocabulary
  • improve your understanding of grammar
  • socialise and network with greater confidence
  • speak more clearly with better pronunciation
  • work successfully in a cross-cultural environment

In addition to the benefits outlined above, you can expect to manage meetings andnegotiations more effectively, improve your presentation skills, expand yourbusiness vocabulary, use the telephone with greater confidence as well as being able to discuss issues relating to best industry practice industry with a greater degree of confidence.

Dates & Fees

When this course takes place and how much it costs

Course dates (2015)

You can start on any Monday between 6th January to 18th December.

Training takes place on all holidays in this period, including Easter Monday.


Course fees (2015)

These fees include 3 networking lunches and 2 social activities with trainers/week, 1-4 weeks.

LW Combi-30: £1775/week- 15 hours' Successful Communication for Professionals micro-group plus 15 hours' Legal One-to-One per week

LW Combi-25: £1395/week- 15 hours' Successful Communication for Professionals micro-group plus 10 hours' Legal One-to-One per week


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