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
Denis Lyons BA LLB Barrister-at-Law
For training purposes, he specialises in teaching Comparative, Company and Commercial Law as well as communication skills for lawyers such as negotiation, presentation, contract drafting and legal writing. He is also highly experienced in teaching business English, communication skills and contract law to overseas executives. In addition to his work as a trainer, he works as a Barrister for a set of chambers in Middle Temple, London advising on immigration and human rights matters.
His experience as a legal training consultant spans almost twenty years and he has taught at some of Europe's leading International law firms (including Freshfields and Allen & Overy), banks (including BNP/Paribas and Deutsche Zentral Bank), consulting firms (including Pricewaterhouse-Coopers and KPMG) and multinational companies (including BAT and Sony). He has also trained in-house counsel working in the oil, gas, leisure and electronic industries.
Education & Qualifications:
2012: P.G.C.E. (Law) Institute of Education,
University of London
Admitted Grays Inn Sept.1994
1992: LLB (Hons).
University of Westminster
1987: RSA Diploma T.E.F.L.
1979: BA (French & Philosophy).
National University of Ireland, Cork.
1974: Leaving Certificate.
Christian Brothers College Cork
2012- Training consultant and private tutor working for a variety of training providers in the City of London and directly for my own clients. Responsibilities: Devising and delivering training courses in English law and language for overseas lawyers. Also responsible for setting up and running such courses for my own overseas clients.
1994-2012 Law Lecturer and Trainer working freelance for training organisations and third-level institutions including Hawksmere Training, Euromoney, The University of London (Faculty of Law), City of Westminster College, The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.
Subjects Taught: The English Legal System; European law; Contract; Tort; Commercial Law.
Practice skills: Contract Drafting; Negotiation; Presentation/Advocacy; Legal Correspondence.
Responsibilities: Developing and running training courses for overseas lawyers and judges; teaching undergraduate Law students in the UK. Also responsible for devising and delivering training courses for the overseas lawyers of Europe’s largest law firm.
2012-2014: Worked as an Immigration Consultant to a firm of Solicitor-Advocates in Middle Temple, London.
2001-2002: In addition to training consultancy and teaching, also worked as a legal advisor to a firm of will-writers in London.
1993-1994: Bar Vocational Course. Inns of Court School of Law.
1987-1993: Teacher of Legal and Business English. Bell Educational Trust.
Responsibilities: Full-time teaching of general and business English courses to overseas adults. Also responsible for co-ordination, running and delivery of short courses in legal and business English for groups of overseas professionals.
1980-1987: Teacher of English working in Ireland, France, Germany, Sweden and the UK.
Additional Skills: Excellent inter-personal and communication skills. Very good presentational and writing skills developed in a wide variety of professional contexts over the years. Language skills include fluent French, good working knowledge of German, Italian, Gaelic, Latin and some Swedish.
In addition to academic skills, I have also developed a wide range of practical skills including analytical and problem-solving skills acquired through the various consultative, advisory, representative and educational work I have undertaken with people from a wide variety of different backgrounds.
Familiar with standard word and windows software applications.
Interests: Literature, History, Politics, Music, Sport, Socialising, Travel.
References: On requestContract Law Course
Legal English Course
Intellectual Property English
Cambridge University Legal English Certificate (ILEC) - Online a
Contract and Legal Document Drafting Course
Company and Corporate Law
Legal writing workshop- Tbilisi 24th August
Legal Writing Course
Legal English Vocabulary - Free course
Oil and Gas law and legal vocabulary
Arbitration Law and Practice Course
Persuasive writing for lawyers
FIDIC Construction Contract Course