Understanding the City

Starting Price: £188.00

Price excludes VAT

This one-day course will provide you with a good working understanding of ‘the City’ and how it functions on a day-to-day basis.  You will learn about the different markets, the institutions, workers and financial instruments.  You will also learn more about the role of lawyers in City transactions.

Given its nature, the course is largely instructive, but you will be encouraged to contribute to the sessions with your own knowledge and experience.  There will also be an opportunity for questions and answers.


This course is offered as one of the elective modules of the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA)’s Professional Skills Course (PSC) and, as such, is designed to be taken prior to admission as a solicitor.  The course is, however, also relevant to recently qualified lawyers and paralegals, who are seeking to develop their skills in this growing practice area.

Key Benefits

  • You will be provided with an excellent opportunity (particularly if you are inexperienced in working with ‘the City’) to gain an introduction to, and an understanding of, the nature, requirements and relationships between the individuals and institutions. The interactive nature of the course allows you to gain a full understanding of the issues and to have the confidence to ask questions in a non-threatening and co-operative environment
  • You will leave the course with a full understanding of the crises that have impacted on ‘the City’ and an appreciation of factors which might influence on ‘the City’ in the future, such as Brexit.
Locations and Dates

TBC: Please contact us for future course dates

Format & Delivery
  • Knowledge
Topics Covered
  • The Main Financial Markets and Exchanges
  • The Institutions of ‘the City’
  • The Role of Brokers, Traders, Fund Managers and Other City Workers
  • Sources of Capital
  • Equity and Debt Instruments
  • Futures, Options and Other Derivatives
  • The Role of Lawyers in City Transactions – Corporate Finance, M & A and Takeovers.
Prior Knowledge

No prior knowledge of the subject area is required prior to attending this course.



You will be required to complete (and, if necessary, submit) all of the associated preparatory exercises, in accordance with the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (SRA)’s requirements.

The exercises are based around a Case Study and require some research into several current issues.  There is also a Confidentiality Letter and Draft Press Release for you to consider and amend.  This work forms a basis to assist in discussion during the course.


The post-coursework for this course is completion of a Personal Development Plan.

By completing this exercise, you will reflect on the knowledge acquired from attending this course, and plan and record ongoing learning and development needs; as required by the SRA continuing competence regime.

SRA Competencies

A1        Act honestly and with integrity, in accordance with legal and regulatory requirements and the SRA Handbook and Code of Conduct

A2        Maintain the level of competence and legal knowledge needed to practise effectively, taking into account changes in their role and/or practice context and developments in the law

A3        Work within the limits of their competence and the supervision which they need

B1        Obtain relevant facts

B2        Undertake legal research

B4        Draft documents which are legally effective and accurately reflect the client’s instructions.