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Summer Specialism School

Each workshop will be interactive, providing opportunities for case studies and exercises, questions and discussion on the following specialisms including:

Commercial Property

A typical commercial property purchase/case study looking at

  • Interactive title review (registered land)
  • Negotiating a contract and transfer
  • Search review
  • Enquiries session
  • The exchange/completion process

Contentious Probate

What is Contentious Probate?

  • Validity claims
  • Inheritance Act claims
  • Claims against Executors & Trustees
  • Claims re lifetime transfers Interpretation, Rectifications & Variation claims
  • Related claims and issues


  • Probate Registry: caveats, warnings, appearance & summons
  • ADR & Mediation
  • County Court & High Court: Part 7&8 proceedings

‘A Day in the Life’ of a Contentious Probate litigator

  • Draft letters & documents
  • Formulating advice & strategy
  • Speaking to clients, Counsel, mediators, opponents
  • Preparing for mediation & Court
  • Advocacy

Wills & Estate Planning

  • Introduction to IHT
  • Introductions to Trusts
  • Estate Planning in action

Quality Risk & Compliance

  • What does a COLP do?
  • What is Business Risk and how do we assess it?
  • Current risk landscape for law firms
  • Governance, Procedure & Culture

Commercial Contracts

  • What is Contract? Why are they important?
  • Mini-contract review
  • ‘A day in the life’ of a Commercial lawyer
  • What makes a good Commercial lawyer?


  • What is employment law?
  • What do employment advisers do?
  • Unfair dismissal – the basics
  • Discrimination and equal opportunities in practice
  • Employment tribunal claims – overview of the process
  • Common myths debunked


  • Overview
  • Pre-nuptial Agreements
  • Review of a Financial Application:
    • Form E
    • Valuations -land
    • Valuations- businesses
    • Valuations – pensions
    • Questionnaires
  • FDR – Court led or private?


  • What is insolvency?
  • Introduction to personal and corporate insolvency regimes
  • Introduction to contentious and transactional insolvency
  • Case study