English law: two-day course for interpreters and translators

Participants will learn legal terminology and legal language which is specific to each of the individual topics contained in this two-day course. They will also learn that, with English common law, there is frequently an overlap in terminology between one area and another because common law concepts apply to every aspect of the English legal system.

This course for translators and interpreters will help them acquire a good level of literacy in Common Law and accumulate a bank of terminology and legal English which they will find invaluable in their work.

DAY ONE | 12 April 2018 | Wills, Probate, Powers of Attorney and Conveyancing
These topics include the rules for execution of wills in the UK, common drafting mistakes, executors, administrators and the rules of intestate succession. What is meant by probate and the usual forms of application. Different types of powers of attorney such as general, specific, and lasting.

Also discussed is the Conveyancing procedure for the buying and selling of mainly residential properties and how this differs from other legal systems: what is meant by "exchange of contracts". What are solicitors' undertakings and what is their relevance to Conveyancing? Why do solicitors act as "agents" when transactions are completed?

DAY TWO | 13 April 2018 | Family Law and Employment Law

These topics place the emphasis on the respective terminology and basic concepts.

Family law includes:

  • The rules relating to who can marry, the difference between marriage and civil partnerships;
  • Grounds for dissolution/divorce;
  • Financial provisions, transfer of property;
  • Children;
  • Residence orders and supervised and unsupervised contact;
  • Adoption.

Employment law covers:

  • Employment contracts;
  • Some aspects of the general law of contract;
  • Other working relationships: the distinction between independent contractors, employees, and "workers";
  • Grounds for dismissal, applications for unfair dismissal;
  • Harassment;
  • Industrial action.

The preparation assignment will be described more specific in the upcoming period.

Overall this will exist of reading documents on the following topics:

  • Wills, Probate and Powers of Attorney (18 pages)
  • Conveyancing (3 pages)
  • Family Law (21 pages)
  • Empoyment Law (16 pages)

David Hutchins is a solicitor with over 30 years experience in a wide range of legal practice areas. For 10 years he has been presenting courses on various aspects of English common law to legal translators and legal interpreters, as well as to civil code lawyers. Characteristic for his courses is his interactive style of teaching.


Contact hours

12 pe-credits


translation skills
cultural competence

Study preparation

2,75 pe-credits

Total credits 

14,75 pe-credits

More details on credits can be found here.




Meinsstraat 2
3862 AE  Nijkerk

Route description


- Maximum of 25 participants
- Catering is included.
- Reception and registration from 09.00 hours. The course starts at 09.30 hours and closes at 17.00 hours
- Participants will receive a syllabus on the first day of the course. 

- Participants can stay at Hotel Ampt van Nijkerk for the special KTV price of 74 euro (superior room incl. breakfast) per night. If you would like to sleep in Nijkerk, you need to make the reservation by calling the hotel directly.
Other options: Airbnb + Hotel De Roode Schuur (1,7 km from KTV)


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480,00 (excl. 21% BTW)
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