Common Law and Legal English Weekend for the International Practitioner

Bologna (1 June 2019-2 June 2019)

Today'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:-

Day 1

  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

Day 2

  1. Equity law in the UK and terminology
  2. Remedies and damages in the US & UK for breach of contract and torts
  3. Law of contract - forum of competent jurisdiction and the law of the contract

Day 3

  1. Commencing proceedings and civil litigation procedure including discovery, interrogatories, affidavits. 
  2. Dispute Resolution and the art of negotiation
  3. Case study - participants will role play in the negotiation and draft terms of settlement for the matter.


  • Early Bird Fees before 1 May 2019: €400 (Quota Agevolata: iscrizioni entro il 1 Maggio 2019 : €400)
  • Early Bird Fees ELSA Members before 1 May 2019 €390 (Quota Agevolata:  ELSA members entro il 1 Maggio 2019 : € 390)
  • Standard Registration €460 (Quota Standard: €460) 
  • Standard Registration ELSA Members (Quota Standard: ELSA members : € 420)

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Trainer Details: 

The Head Trainer for this course is Sofia Parastatidou. 

Qualified as a UK lawyer and former member of the New York State Bar Association, Sofia is now based in Italy where she trains lawyers, accountants and notaries through the Ordine dei Dottori Commercialisti e degli Esperti Contabili and the Ordine degli Avvocati and Associazione Nazionale Forense.

She also trains psychologists through the Ordine dei psicologi di Emilia Romagna and Engineers through the Ordine Ingegneri di Bologna and C-Level directors in many multinational and national companies. 

She has also taught law students at various universities, master courses and post -graduate courses. She runs training courses for in-house Counsel (giuristi d’impresa), translators and other professionals.

She teaches Legal English, Finance English and Business English as well as Contract Law, Commercial Law, Company Law, Trusts, Banking Law, Intellectual Property, International Trade Law, Customs Law, Freight Forwarding, Aviation & Maritime Law, Franchising, Accounting and Taxation. She has also held courses in UK/US Practice and Procedure Courses for judges in Bologna.

A registered TOLES trainer and examiner, Sofia is passionate about not only training up-and-coming lawyers in law subjects or language but also in soft-skill acquisition. To this end, she is also trains in effective writing, presentation and public speaking skills, debating, negotiation and mediation skills.

She provides consultancy to Italian professionals who wish to train and re-qualify in common law jurisdictions through the up-coming SQE (currently QLTS) or for accountants to become Chartered Accountants in UK.

Sofia is now Secretary of the European Legal English Teachers Association and Head Trainer fo TOLES and QLTS at the British Legal Centre.


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