LW7077 - Commercial Practice

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What will I learn on this module?

Commercial Practice is an option delivered during the second term of the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) and across the portfolio of Bar Professional Training Courses at Northumbria University. It is designed to reflect the nature of commercial cases encountered during pupillage.

The diverse content of this module covers some of the issues that arise in commercial litigation and will be of interest to any students entering commercial/corporate practice.

The aim of this module is to provide students with an appreciation of the legal and practical issues which form the foundation of commercial practice, with particular emphasis on standard forms of contract, exclusion and limitation clauses and credit and hire agreements. The module also introduces students to insolvency law and procedure and environmental law.

The core skill elements of the BPTC are further developed with a heavy weighting towards the written skills, which reflect the types of work carried out in commercial practice.

How will I learn on this module?

The module will be delivered through a combination of large and small group sessions and directed learning. You will be expected to engage in some independent learning to consolidate your learning and prepare for group sessions, including investigation of factual and legal issues and providing practical legal advice.

The large group sessions will be delivered to the entire module cohort and will be used to introduce you to the major principles of each topic. These principles will be placed in context by considering them against relevant factual scenarios. During these sessions, procedural points and skills will be explained and demonstrated in a transactional context and you will be encouraged to consider the module from a practical perspective.

Small group sessions will involve the review of tasks undertaken by the students in advance of the session following which further related issues will be raised requiring further analysis, research and discussion. Each session will required advance preparation by students of a typical brief and instructions to counsel. During these sessions you will develop problem-solving and other legal skills, develop teamwork and both collective and individual presentation skills and implement your knowledge in a practical way to solve legal problems.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

The University is well placed to support you in learning and research with an excellent library and teaching facilities, access to on-line legal databases and resources and appropriate software.

This module will be managed by your designated Module Tutor who will be responsible for guiding you in your engagement and learning on the module. All relevant materials and instructions will be accessible online through the module eLP site, maintained by your Module Tutor, and will give guidance on legal skills, assessment and provide self-study materials. You may communicate with your Module Tutor by email or telephone and are encouraged to make contact if you encounter any difficulties relating to any aspect of the module.

Academic support is also available through feedback directly from your tutor in small group sessions and via the eLP and from your peers. At a programme level you will be supported by the Programme Leader and your Personal Tutor who will provide pastoral support throughout the module and the programme as a whole.

The Programme Administration and Student Progress teams are responsible for the non-academic administration of the module; they will contact you throughout the duration of your module with details about the centralised assessment, and other issues.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

You will be able to:
Knowledge & Understanding:

• Develop knowledge and understanding of the appropriate laws, procedures and ethical considerations which form the foundation of commercial practice with particular reference to commercial contracts.
• Demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of different forms of financing commercial transactions and the statutory regulatory regime that governs such forms together with an understanding of insolvency law and procedure.


Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• Demonstrate the ability to give sound, practical written advice on matters raised in legal instructions and advise on any practical steps to be taken, including further inquiries or investigations necessary.

• Demonstrate the necessary skills of commercial practice including drafting and negotiation skills arising in examples of the most common types of commercial contract and appreciate the relative bargaining strengths of the different parties involved.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

• Display a professional and responsible approach to the course, staff and other students, and to observe the Code of Practice in order to prevent exploitation of clients and preserve the integrity of the profession, maintaining the public’s trust and ensuring continuance of the provision of service

• Act in a fashion which demonstrates awareness of diversity, and is non-discriminatory

How will I be assessed?

Summative assessment will be provided by an examination in the form of one of the core BPTC skills. The precise form of the examination will depend on the nature of the assessment.



Formative assessment will be provided by a combination of self-test questions and analysis in the small group sessions along with feedback on the BPTC skills employed in the scheduled teaching sessions.

Pre-requisite(s)

None

Co-requisite(s)

None

Module abstract

Commercial Practice is an option delivered during the second term of the Bar Professional Training Course (“BPTC”) and across the portfolio of Bar Professional Training programmes at Northumbria University. It is designed to reflect the nature of commercial cases encountered during pupillage.The diverse content of this module covers some of the issues that arise in commercial litigation and will be of interest to any students entering commercial/corporate practice. The aim of this module is to provide students with an appreciation of the legal and practical issues which form the foundation of commercial practice, with particular emphasis on standard forms of contract, exclusion and limitation clauses and credit and hire agreements. The module also introduces students to insolvency law and procedure and environmental law.
The core skill elements of the BPTC are further developed with a heavy weighting towards the written skills, which reflect the types of work carried out in commercial practice.

Course info

Credits 12

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years part-time
1 other options available

Department Northumbria Law School

Location Law and NBS Building, City Campus East

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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