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Trainee Litigation Programme (TLP)

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 you a high level of experience, equivalent to that gained during a contentious seat. This course offers an ideal alternative for trainees who may not intend to practise in litigation.

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

Why choose our Trainee Litigation Programme?

  • Designed and delivered by experienced practitioners
  • Builds on key topics covered on the LPC
  • 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

Course Details

The course is made up of two weeks; four days of tuition and six days of pro bono work to develop practical experience of what you’ve learned in week one. Training is delivered by highly experienced trainers at a time and place to suit you. We can provide training at one of our campuses, your premises or an appropriate third-party venue nationwide.

The training is highly interactive, using realistic exercises and scenarios to accurately mirror practice to take trainees far beyond the level of the LPC.

The first four days of the course consists 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.

  1. 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. You will be introduced to the importance of thinking tactically at the outset of a dispute.
  2. 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.
  3. The conduct of key procedural stages, including disclosure, witness statements and expert reports.
  4. The common interim applications and the conduct of such applications, including a consideration of costs.
  5. ADR, with particular regard to negotiation and mediation.

Legal Advice Centre

You will spend the remaining six days of the course in the Legal Advice Centre at our London Bloomsbury campus, advising clients on a pro bono basis. You will be supervised by qualified solicitors throughout your pro bono work, during which you will be mainly handling cases relating to landlord and tenant matters, leasehold disputes and immigration bail.

You can choose to do only the classroom part of the course if you would prefer to organise your own pro bono week.

Tribunal Representation

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

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Course availability

To get full details about this course and when the next one is running, download our TLP availability document.

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Course Fees

Fees for this course vary according to requirements. Please contact us directly for a personalised quotation to meet your needs.

Alumni Discount

We offer a 10% discount on all of our Professional Skills Course modules to members of our Alumni Network. You will need to supply your Student Number or your University of Law email address when booking. This offer does not apply to in-house courses.

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From a Firm?

We can provide our TLP to groups of trainees for firms either at our campus or at your offices.

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