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2020-2021 Intake Advanced Professional Development Planning

This module builds on previous experience of Professional Development Planning and sets a path of continuous professional and career development post ACL qualification. It does this through deepening your understanding of the professional attributes of a cost lawyer, professional career paths and your current level of ability. During this module you will initially consider your …

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Business Management

This module provides the trainees to consider the wider context of their role, the work environment and career paths. It does this by looking at the business environment in which they will be operating both from the inside and the outside. It also highlights some of the major components of this, namely the employees and …

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Costs in Special Courts

Most costs lawyers who draft bills spend the majority of their time dealing with matters in the County Courts or High Courts. Occasionally there may be an appeal to the Court of Appeal, but rarely will they come across costs in other courts unless there is a specialism in one of those areas. It will …

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Family Law

This module aims to provide students with a broad and critical understanding of the substantive area of family law. Students will begin their studies by examining the legal status of common law marriage, civil partnerships and marriage. The module will explore the historical development of the laws of marriage enabling students to demonstrate a sound …

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Professional Ethics

To become a competent Costs Lawyer it is essential to have an understanding of the role of client service in legal practice. The module also develops in the student an awareness of the ethical, professional and regulatory culture in which the legal profession and their staff practice. Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this Module a …

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Advanced Civil Procedure

This module builds upon the foundation module from Unit 1. It is a legal practice unit and covers the principles of case and costs management of claims progressing through the civil litigation system in England and Wales.  Trainees build upon knowledge in civil litigation and will gain an understanding of how to manage a variety …

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Legal Accounts

To become a competent costs lawyer it is essential to have an understanding of the Solicitors Accounts Rules, Money Laundering and Value Added Tax (VAT). It is also essential to understand how an independent Costs Lawyer must treat client money. In this module of the course trainees will learn to give guidance on the Solicitors …

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Advocacy and Negotiations

To become a competent costs lawyer it is essential to have the skills and attributes to attend court to oppose or support a bill of costs or costs budget. Costs lawyers have rights of audience and are entitled to appear as an advocate in relation to costs disputes. In addition, under the Civil Procedure Rules …

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Funding

This module is a legal practice unit and covers the civil and criminal Legal Aid system in England and Wales as well as exploring the other types of legal funding commonly found in practice. Objectives Demonstrate an understanding of the rules governing private retainers with reference to the GLH Describe the relationship between the Legal …

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Lawyer and Client Costs

This module covers the contractual relationship between lawyers and their clients. Knowledge of the law and rules which apply to lawyer and client costs will enable you to ensure that there is a valid retainer with the client and that the lawyer can be paid for their work. Objectives Describe the regulatory framework of the …

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Academic Skills

To become a competent lawyer it is essential to be able to research in an effective manner and find sources of law. The word ‘source’ can mean several different things with regard to law, but for our purpose it describes the means by which the law comes into existence or where it can be found.  …

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Drafting Points of Dispute

Points of dispute are a written statement made by the paying party identifying the areas of disagreement as to the costs to be assessed. In respect of each item of costs which is disputed the statement should outline the reason for disputing it and, where a reduction is sought, should suggest the reduced figure.  CPR …

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Civil Procedure (Foundation)

This module is a legal practice module and covers the civil litigation system in England and Wales.  You will be required to gain knowledge in civil litigation and will gain an understanding of the professional requirements and skills to run a civil file in practice. This module aims to enable you to develop foundation level …

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Company and Commercial Law

This module considers the UK law of registered companies. It addresses the framework within which a company exists and how a company can operate. The module examines the principles that apply to both private and public companies. During the course of the module you will gain an understanding of the role of the company as …

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Criminal Law

The Criminal Law module is intended to introduce the key concepts of criminal law and its applications to real life scenarios.  This is a substantive area of law and builds upon the foundations gained in earlier modules. The module examines both the general principles of the criminal law, and its specific substance in particular offences.  The offences …

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