Trainee Litigation Programme

Providing an in-depth understanding of the major litigation issues

Gaining experience of the litigation process is an essential part of a legal training contract. Our two-week Trainee Litigation Programme is designed to give trainee solicitors experience equivalent to that gained during a contentious seat, offering an ideal alternative for trainees who may not intend to practise in this area. 

The course is two parts, consisting of five days of face-to-face tuition, practical exercises in the classroom and individual written work to give you a dispute resolution portfolio covering the main issues in commercial litigation. This is followed by a second week in the legal advice centre advising clients on a pro bono basis. You can choose to do only the classroom part of the course if you would prefer to organise your own pro bono week.

The programme is available as in-house training, with a limited number of public places available for interested individuals and can be delivered throughout the year to meet your requirements.

The programme is aimed at trainee solicitors who may not intend to practise in litigation – as an alternative to undertaking a contentious seat as part of their training contract, but this does not preclude a trainee from changing their mind at a later stage. Training can be completed between seats or while another seat is in progress.

  • Ideal alternative to a contentious seat for trainees whose primary interest is in non-contentious areas
  • Guaranteed to deliver both substantive and procedural experience
  • Perfect blend of practical face-to-face tuition and real-life experience through a Legal Advice Centre placement
  • Designed and delivered by experienced practitioner
  • Builds on key topics covered on the LPC

The programme consists of five days of face-to-face tuition and one week of practical experience in one of our Legal Advice Centres. In addition, trainees feedback on the work they submit to the tutor to form part of their dispute resolution portfolio.

The face-to-face tuition is delivered by our highly experienced trainers at a time and location to suit you – either at one of our centres, your premises or an appropriate third party venue nationwide. Training is highly interactive and uses realistic exercises and scenarios to accurately mirror practice, taking trainees far beyond the level of the LPC. 

The following topics are covered:

  • Day one – the commencement of a case, including the first interview with a client, a legal and factual analysis of the action, advice to the client and case management. There is a refresher in relation to the civil procedure rules, client care and ethics. Trainees are introduced to the importance of  thinking tactically at the outset of a dispute.

  • Day two – the progress of a case through the drafting and consideration of statements of case. The allocation of the case to the appropriate court and track, directions and joining other parties to a claim. 

  • Day three – the conduct of key procedural stages, to include disclosure, witness statements and expert reports.

  • Day four – the common interim applications and the conduct of such applications, including a consideration of costs.

  • Day five – ADR, with particular regard to negotiation and mediation.

Trainees gain practical litigation experience by taking part in a one week placement at our well-equipped London Bloomsbury Legal Advice Centre. Trainees are supervised by qualified solicitors and work mainly on cases relating to landlord and tenant matters, leasehold disputes, and immigration bail.

Cases before the Tribunal Representation Property Service involve representing tenants before the tribunal including case preparation. Immigration cases involve the trainees in taking initial instructions at the immigration removal centre, they consider the merits of any application for bail and work on obtaining sureties, preparing cases and for any advocacy before an immigration judge.

Training can be delivered either at one of our centres, your premises or an appropriate third party venue nationwide. Legal Advice Centre training takes place at our London Bloomsbury centre.

Contact us to discuss your preferred location - please see the 'Contact details' tab on this page.

Course fees vary according to requirements. Please contact us directly for a personalised quotation to meet your needs - see 'Contact details' tab on this page.

The programme can be delivered throughout the year to meet your requirements. Please contact us to discuss your needs - see the 'Contact details' tab on this page.

If you’re an individual trainee looking to book a public place or to discuss how we can meet your organisation's requirements, and for general enquiries, please call our Client Contact Centre on +44 (0)1483 216 216 or e-mail inhousetraining@law.ac.uk

Important information

We go to great lengths to ensure that the information provided is correct at the time of publication. However, we reserve the right to withdraw or change, for any reason and without notice, any of the programmes and/or to alter tuition fees, locations, entry requirements and/or the facilities and/or services available from or provided by or on behalf of the University. Please note that the choice of subjects may be limited by considerations of timetable, staffing and/or available places on a course.

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If you’re an individual trainee looking to book a public place or to discuss how we can meet your organisation's requirements, please call our Client Contact Centre on +44 (0)1483 216 216 or e-mail inhousetraining@law.ac.uk