Legal English and Law Summer School - Bologna 2019

1 July 2019 - 5 July 2019

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Legal English and Law Summer School - Bologna 2019

1 July - 5 July 2019

9.30 am - 17:00pm

(25 hours of intensive training)

Module 1  

An introduction to the Common Law System

  1. The English Legal Profession
  2. The English Court System and the common law
  3. Making a claim in the civil court – Drafting exercise


International Contract Law and Business Transactions 

  1. Introduction to contract law – contract formation (offer, acceptance and consideration)
  2. Breach of contract and remedies in contract (termination, damages)
  3. Other important terms in contracts – Arbitration clauses, governing law, court of competent jurisdiction
  4. International Sale of Goods – The Vienna Convention
  5. Intellectual Property clauses
  6. Retention of Title clauses
  7. Warranty, indemnity and force majeure clauses
  8. Confidential Information


Module 2

Introduction to Equity Law

  1. Remedies for breach of contract in equity (injunction, specific performance, restitution, consequential damages)
  2. Liquidated damages clauses v Penalty – in UK and US

Introduction to Tort Law (duty of care, breach of duty and damages)


  1. The Tort of Negligence – a case study
  2. Professional liability – Lawyer – client (liability for negligence)


Introduction to Business Law

  1.  Different types of entities (Sole Trader, Partnership and Companies in UK)


Module 3

Introduction to Company Law

  1. Legal status of a company in common law
  2. Directors duties and powers
  3. Liability of directors
  4. Power of shareholders
  5. Incorporating a company
  6. practical exercise and role play


Module 4-Writing workshop – Legal Correspondence

  1. Role play and practical exercise 



  • Early Bird : Payment before 15 May 2019: €690 (Quota Agevolata: iscrizioni entro il 15 Maggio 2019 : €690) 
  • Early Bird: ELSA members before 15 May 2019: €650 (Quota Agevolata:  ELSA members entro il 15 Maggio 2019 : € 650)
  • Standard Fee €690: (Quota Standard: €790)
  • Standard Fee ELSA Members (Quota Standard: ELSA members : € 750) 

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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