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

Ronan M.D.Fitzsimons Solicitor and Notary Public

teacher photo
 

EDUCATION / QUALIFICATIONS

 

                        March 2010                                  International House, Belfast

                                                                                CELTA

 

                        November 2008                          Qualified as Notary Public

 

                        February 1995                             Qualified as Solicitor

                       

                        June 1992                                     College of Law, London

                                                                                Law Society Finals Examinations

 

                        June 1991                                     Common Professional Examinations in Law

 

                        1977-1983                                    University of Aberdeen

MA Hons 2(ii) in Spanish and Portuguese

 

                        1977                                               St. Colman’s College, Newry, Northern Ireland

                                                                                A Levels:

                                            Maths, A; Physics, A; Chemistry, B

 

                        1974                                               Abbey Grammar School, Newry

                                                                                15 O Levels

 

WORK HISTORY

 

 

 

1980 -1981                                                                         British Council, Madrid.    

                                                                                              EFL to adults from Beginner to Cambridge Proficiency

                                                                                              Level

 

1983 -1984                                                                         President of Aberdeen University Students’ Union

 

1985 -1988                                                                         ASA Tokyo   eaching English for Business and Economics in small groups

                                                                                              A- Space Agency Translation work (French, Spanish, Portuguese to English)

 

    1988 -1994                                                                         Freelance 1-to-1 teaching

Part-time EFL and ESL to Japanese Business Executives, London

1995 – 2010                                                                         Working as a qualified solicitor in London, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland in the following areas:    

Shipping Law, Insurance Law, Company and Commercial Law, Civil Litigation, Property Law, Family Law, Probate and Trusts Law, Criminal Law
 

                              June - September 2010                                                    University of Birmingham (English for International Students Unit)  Tutor on Pre- Sessional  Business Management                                                                                                                English Course

                       

                             June– September 2011                                                      INTO University of Newcastle – Tutor on Pre-Sessional  Academic English Programme

                       

                            June- September 2012                                                        University of Manchester Language Centre Pre sessional English Course Tutor

                       

                        September 2012- Present                                                     Online work: Associate at Tec.edits (advising Japanese patent lawyers) and English language tuition (online) for Gala University, ISUS and HQ English, freelance translation; Spanish and French;

 

                        June 2013- September 2013                                                Sheffield Hallam University – Tutor on Pre Sessional Academic English Course

 

                            June 2014- September 2014                                                University of London, Royal Holloway – Tutor on Pre Sessional Academic English Course

                            June 2015- September 2015                                                University of Bath Spa- Tutor on Pre Sessional Academic English Course

                            June 2016-September 2016                                                 University of Bristol-Tutor on Pre-sessional Academic English Course

 

 

SKILLS/INTERESTS

                       

·         Fluent in Spanish and French, Excellent spoken Japanese and Portuguese

·         Computer literate

·         Modern Languages, travel, music and sports

 

 

 

References

Dr John McKenny

Senior Lecturer,

British University of Dubai

00971 4 279 1400 Ext: 443

email: john.mckenny@buid.ac.ae

 

Dr. Sophia Stavrakakis,

CEDAS,

University of London, Royal Holloway,

Egham,

Surrey,

01784-414320

sophia.stavrakakis@rhul.ac.uk

Ms Sophia Butt,

Director,

EISU

University of Birmingham

s.butt@bham.ac.uk

 

intohr@newcastle.ac.uk

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