Specially designed for Escuela de Práctica Jurídica UCM, this 6-week online training programme, designed and taught by academic staff of the University of Law, will provide an introductory and practical approach to key topics within key international tax law issues. In addition, an emphasis will be provided on developing delegates legal English skills, focussing primarily on vocabulary, written style and spoken communication in legal contexts.

This programme provides an overview of the choice of available trading vehicles in England and Wales, including sole trader, partnership and company. Delegates will be given an overview of the key areas of law and regulation of private companies.

As contracts are the foundation of so much commercial work, the programme will also cover the key tenets of English contract law and set them in a practical context through application to corporate and commercial case studies. Delegates will also look at drafting issues in a corporate context and be reminded that precedents must be used critically and always with the thought in mind that the ultimate reader of their drafting may be a Court.

Finally delegates will look at the law firm as a business enterprise, including how clients choose a law firm and importance of strategic thinking and marketing to gain a competitive edge.

Plan de Estudios

Session 1 (2hrs)
English Legal System
Part 1: Common or Case Law: What is the common law and how it has developed and its relationship with the law of equity.
Part 2: The doctrine of precedent: Including the concept of the ratio decidendi and the obiter dictum.
Part 3: Hierarchy of the courts: Determining which courts’ decisions are binding and how judges distinguish cases.
Part 4: Legislation: Doctrine of Parliamentary Sovereignty; contrasting the position in the USA. An analysis of Brexit as an illustration of Parliamentary Sovereignty
Part 5: How solicitors qualify to practice Process of qualification in England & Wales including the new SQE exam. Comparison with qualifying in the USA

Session 2 (2hrs)
UK & US Legal Industry: organisations, main players and structures
Part 1: Review of regulatory framework governing how legal services are provided in England and Wales and how the Legal Services Board regulates Approved Regulators to provide ‘reserved legal services’.
Part 2: Legal Institutions:
Law Society, Legal Ombudsman, the Compensation Fund and the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal
Part 3: SRA Codes of Conduct: Overview of the Codes of Conduct which practising solicitors and firms of solicitors must comply with.
Part 4: Solicitors and Barristers Why there is a split profession in England and Wales and the differences between the professions
Part 5: Comparison with USA

Session 3 (2hrs)
Types of business medium in the UK
Part 1: Introduction: Overview of the choice of available trading vehicles in England and Wales, including sole trader, partnership and company. Consideration of the most appropriate trading vehicle to suit the clients’ needs
Part 2: Private Limited Companies
Overview of the key areas of law and regulation of private companies, as amended by the Companies Act 2006, including: Company constitution, directors and directors’ duties, shareholders and shareholder rights.

Session 4 (2hrs)
Contract law in practice
Part 1: Formation of a contract: Review of basic elements required to form a binding contract. Issues considered include ‘agreements to agree’, agreements ‘subject to contract’, no reliance clauses, implied terms, the battle of the forms, auction sales and conditions precedent.
Part 2: Form, capacity, authority and execution Review of capacity to contract, the requirements for a contract to be in a certain form, the meaning of the word ‘signature’ and requirements for a valid deed.
Part 3: Termination and discharge Review of rights to terminate contracts and express contractual rights to terminate.

Session 5 (2hrs)
Corporate Drafting
Part 1: Delegates will look at documents in the context of a proposed sale of shares. And consider the effect of certain clauses
Part 2: Discussion on drafting standard documents including the practical steps leading to production of the final document for execution.
Part 3: Redrafting to client’s instructions
Amending a confidentiality agreement and a share purchase agreement to meet specific client instructions, dealing with specific issues relating to the transaction as well as general drafting points.

Session 6 (2hrs)
The Law Firm as a business enterprise
Part 1: Introduction to the business dimension of legal practice.
Review of how law firms make a profit and how good and bad businesses practices can affect profit margins.
Part 2: Review of how clients choose their lawyers and what they expect of them.
Part 3: Consideration of the importance of strategic thinking and marketing to gain a competitive edge and demonstrates how good management of people also has a positive effect on success and profitability.


We are one of the UK’s longest-established specialist providers of legal education, tracing our origins to 1876. With a rich heritage and a reputation for innovation and contemporary teaching practices, we continuously focus on developing the best legal minds. What really sets us apart is the guiding principle that future lawyers and business leaders should learn in a realistic, professional and contemporary context, with plenty of practical interactive engagement. All of our training programmes are designed with a unique, varied and innovative learning approach proven to deliver self-reliant professionals who can compete in the fast-changing professional world. With a focus on developing skills in problem-solving, weighing up arguments, critical thinking and commercial awareness, our courses are designed to prepare you for the real-life challenges of the working world.
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Rory Collins
Professional Development Tutor, University of Law

Molly Bellamy
Professional Development Tutor, University of Law

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To register your place on the course, contact

Delegates are expected to have B2 or equivalent in English


Price: £720 (20% VAT included)


When: 5th May 2022 - 9th June, Sessions run Thursdays, 2pm – 4pm Madrid time.
Where: Collaborate – ULaw’s online learning platform.
Certificate: Upon successful completion of the programme, EPJ & ULaw will present the delegates with a certificate. This course will not represent any formal credits towards ULaw or UCM awards.