This is an intensive one-day training course, combined with five hours of linked preparatory work, which is all designed to assist you to effect the transition from academic study of the subject to drafting your own documentation. There will be specific emphasis on a Commercial Lease, with you having the opportunity to grapple with the day-to-day issues encountered in commercial freehold and leasehold transactions.
The key benefits obtained by attending this course are that you will gain an insight into the issues in play on receipt of the initial instruction and how these are developed and interact as the Commercial Property transaction progresses through the searches, enquiries and drafting stages.
After stripping a lease down, putting it back together again and engaging in a number of drafting exercises, you will gain confidence in your drafting skills, as a result of a mixture of having a go yourself, sharing experiences through group discussion and by learning from the experiences of the trainer.
By the end of the day, you should be more confident in advising a landlord and ready to attempt to prepare documentation.
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This course is designed for the aspiring Commercial Property practitioner – whether Trainee Solicitor, Licensed, recently Qualified Solicitor or lawyer seeking a change of direction. It assumes knowledge of the underlying law and provides total immersion in the progression of the Commercial Property transaction from instruction to its conclusion, with specific emphasis on commercial lease drafting skills and the identification of potential problem areas and pitfalls.
The topics will include an in-depth analysis of the Commercial Property transaction, the related searches and enquiries, with particular reference to a commercial lease. Drafting skills will also be practiced through preparatory workshops and immersion in the subject matter.
You will need to have obtained a law degree or equivalent and will have completed the Legal Practice Course (LPC) or equivalent prior to attending this course.
In order to benefit from the preparatory work, you will need to have familiarised yourself with the Model Commercial Lease and the Code for Leasing Business Premises in England and Wales 2007, which are both in the public domain and available for download on the internet.
If possible, you should also obtain copies of the standard commercial leases used within your firm.
Prior to the course, you will be required to carry out 5 hours preparatory work of a practical nature. This work will serve to introduce you to the subject matter and provide the trainer with an indication of your existing strengths and weaknesses.
You should complete (and if necessary submit) 5 hours of preparatory work (which you will have access to in advance) and should be conversant with both the Model Commercial Lease and the Code for Leasing Business Premises in England and Wales 2007, which are both in the public domain and available for download on the internet.
Following the course, you will be required to complete (and if necessary submit) a personal development plan. You will also leave the course ready to engage (under supervision) in ongoing Commercial Property drafting.
A1 Act honestly and with integrity, in accordance with legal and regulatory requirements and the SRA Handbook and Code of Conduct;
A3 Work within the limits of their competence and the supervision which they need;
A4 Draw on a sufficient detailed knowledge and understanding of their field(s) of work and role in order to practise effectively;
B1 Obtain relevant facts;
B3 Develop and advise on relevant options, strategies and solutions;
B4 Draft documents which are legally effective and accurately reflect the client’s instructions;
B6 Negotiate solutions to clients’ issues;
C1 Communicate clearly and effectively, orally and in writing;
D2 Keep, use and maintain accurate, complete and clear records; and
D3 Apply good business practice.