I must say that I had a wonderful time at the training and I learnt a lot. Lawyers in Anglo-Saxon countries say that the English language is a tool of their trade,yet so many don't use it effectively. The training equipped me with the necessary skills to use English legal writing to communicate more effectively.
- Denis Nono, Supervisor legal affairs, Uganda Tax Authority
For sure, everybody enjoyed the training. It was very nice to hear a native speaker, specially one with such high legal drafting techniques
- Wagner Osti Pedro, Embraco, Joinville, Brazil
Excellent course. I recommend the training 'Contract Drafting and Legal Writing'. It gave to me the chance to understand the need of Plain Legal English in contracts as a way to mitigate ambiguity or misinterpretation of a clause. Also the training clarified the context in which Anglo-Saxon Legal System is inserted, since the Brazilian Legal System is in a different one.
- Rafael Mechi Nunes, Sr. Contract Lawyer, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Legal English teachers: practicing British lawyers
Joel Bryant is a California-licensed attorney and holds a post-doctoral law degree (LL.M.) in taxation and estate planning. He earned his Baccalaureate degree in Classical Studies from Brandeis University in Massachusetts, with an emphasis on comparative and historical linguistics, in which capacity he studied Ancient Greek, Latin, Sanskrit, and Mandarin Chinese (the latter two languages at nearby Harvard University).
Prior to entering the legal practice, he was a Federal Investigator for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. As a practicing attorney, he specialized in employment law and tax-advantaged estate-planning for wealth preservation and asset protection. He now dedicates his experience to teaching and coaching professionals and educators for whom English is a second language. He holds a CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) through Cambridge University, and has taught and trained in the United States, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, and Poland.
His offerings in American legal English include American legal systems, Contracts, Property, Wills & Trusts, Torts, Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, contract-drafting and legal writing, negotiations, and presentations — all, of course, following American professional standards. He also offers courses in academic writing, and English for the fields of construction, mechanical engineering, and hospitality.
Ronan M.D.Fitzsimons Solicitor and Notary Public
Ronan M.D.Fitzsimons has been a Solicitor in the UK for over 20 years. In that time he has also qualified as a teacher of English as a foreign language and had many years experience teaching and training young lawyers in different universities in the UK.
Ronan has a large amount of experience in training in Arbitration Law and Practice and Mediation Law and Practice.
Ronan is Fluent in French and Spanish and also spoken Japanese and Portuguese.
Denis Lyons BA LLB Barrister-at-Law
Denis Lyons is a lawyer and experienced legal trainer. He holds degrees in Philosophy (National University of Ireland) and Law (University of Westminster, London), a PGCE from the Institute of Education (University of London) and a Diploma in teaching English to Adults (DELTA)
He was called to the Bar of England and Wales at Grays Inn in 1994. Since then, he has worked as a training consultant writing and teaching courses in English law, language and communication for overseas lawyers in the UK and abroad. His work as a legal trainer has mostly been with overseas commercial and corporate lawyers; both in-house counsel and those in private practice. He has worked as a visiting lecturer at London University teaching The English Legal System, Contract Law and Professional Ethics and for the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (University of London) training judges from China and Thailand.
Nick Johnson studied law at King‘s College, London. He became a lawyer (solicitor) in 1992. Before founding JŠK, he worked for several law firms in London, Tokyo and Prague.
Nick has been working as a lawyer for more than 20 years, advising banks, corporations and governments on M&A projects, privatization, corporate and commercial matters in the UK, Japan, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Russia, Azerbaijan, and Saudi Arabia. Nick has worked across most business sectors, with a particular focus on telecommunications.
Nick is an of-counsel at JŠK.
Salwa Ahmed Sherine Fawzy
Salwa is a Senior Contracts Manager with engineering and legal experience in Contracts and Procurement. Salwa's training specialises on FIDIC contracts and disputes, JCT Contracts, NEC Contracts, Egyptian Civil Code
She has an LLM in Construction Law and Arbitration. Salwa is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) in the UK, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb) UK, and a Member of The Egyptian Engineers Syndicate. She has experience in Egyptian Arbitration Law (Law No. 27/1994), London Arbitration Act (1996), claims, extension of time and delay analysis, UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules and ICC Arbitration Rules.
Richard Brady qualified as a lawyer in 1976 and re-qualified in Banking and Insurance in 1997 following his experience of running an insurance company in the Middle East. He then spent 6 years working in the City of London as a financial adviser. Richard qualified as a teacher of English as a foreign language in 2003.
For the last 10 years he has been teaching legal English, law and practical legal skills to lawyers in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Gulf and has trained the lawyers of many of the major law companies in these regions. Richard is the head of the British Legal Centre.
David is an experienced solicitor from private practice who is well known for his ability in residential property law. Consistently recognised for his ability to cut through legal jargon to provide clear unambigious advice for clients; his ability to explain and draft contracts relating to property and employment have made him an ideal trainer of contract law and contract drafting.
David has also worked in a wide range of legal practices, gaining experience in joining and working effectively and quickly in a range of cultures, taking on board existing caseloads whilst simultaneously developing new business.