Basic Litigation Skills Course

We are authorised by IPReg to deliver the Basic Litigation Skills Course for patent and trade mark attorneys. Successful completion of the assessment leads to the award of the Intellectual Property Litigation Certificate.


We have courses available in London during 2019 and 2020

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Professional conduct and litigation • The Civil Procedure Rules • Pre-action behaviour • Alternative Dispute Resolution • Interviewing and advising clients • Case analysis • Evidence and proof • Issuing proceedings • Statements of case • The Intellectual Property Enterprise Court • Case management • Costs and budgets • CPR Part 63 • Disclosure and privilege • Witness statements • Negotiation • Mediation • Interim advocacy


The course

All patent attorneys qualifying on or after 1 January 2013 must successfully complete this course and assessment within 3 years of the end of their year of qualification. Successful candidates may apply to IPReg for the award of the Intellectual Property Litigation Certificate.

Our standard course runs over a single week with four consecutive teaching days followed by a 2-hour written assessment on the fifth day. There is also a short oral advocacy assessment on the final teaching day. Current scheduled dates for public courses are shown below. However, we are happy to be flexible and if you would like the course to be run in-house over a different timescale we will ensure a course structure which meets your exact requirements.


In-house courses

We are the only provider of the Basic Litigation Skills Course currently offering to deliver the course on a fully in-house basis. We need a minimum number of 6 delegates. We are also happy to work with you to build a consortium of delegates from a range of firms to make an in-house course viable, allowing the course to be run on the dates and in the location of your choosing. Discounts are available for 8 or more delegates.

We work closely with firms to ensure the course structure meets their individual needs and requirements. We can arrange the teaching over several weeks, or intensively over consecutive days. Our high standard of service and training receives consistently excellent feedback from both training managers and delegates.

If you would like more information about our in-house courses please contact Chris Taylor at


Public course dates 2019

November 2019: public course, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, LONDON

Training Days: Monday 4th November to Thursday 7th November 2019 inclusive
Written assessment: Friday 8th November 2019

Public course dates 2020

May 2020: public course, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, LONDON

Training Days: Monday 11th May to Thursday 14th May 2020 inclusive
Written assessment: Friday 15th May 2020

September 2020: public course, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, LONDON

Training Days: Monday 7th September to Thursday 10th September 2020 inclusive
Written assessment: Friday 11th September 2020

November 2020: public course, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, LONDON

Training Days: Monday 2nd November to Thursday 5th November 2020 inclusive
Written assessment: Friday 6th November 2020



The cost for the entire course, including any pre-reading and course materials provided is £1,500.00 + VAT per delegate (£1,800 including VAT).

Course booking

If you wish to reserve a place on one of our courses please complete the booking form below. We will then confirm your booking and email you an invoice. If you have any queries please contact Chris Taylor at


Our clients include

AA Thornton • Abel & Imray • Appleyard Lees • Boult Wade Tennant • Bristows • Carpmaels & Ransford • Cleveland Scott York • Dehns • D Young & Co • EIP • Forresters • Gill Jennings & Every • Haseltine Lake • HGF Limited • Hoffmann Eitle • JA Kemp • Keltie • Kilburn & Strode • Maiwald • Marks & Clerk • Mathys & Squire • Maucher Jenkins • Mewburn Ellis • Murgitroyd & Company • Potter Clarkson • Reddie & Grose • Slingsby Partners • Tomkins • Williams Powell • Withers & Rogers • WP Thompson


This is what some of our clients have said about the training and assessment

Public course candidate
A thoroughly informative and engaging course. The hours of the course are divided up fairly evenly into lecturing-based tuition and role-play, scenario-type exercises, giving candidates plenty of opportunity to put what they have learned into practice. Both tutors were very well-versed in the content of the course, allowing them to deliver it in a more appealing – and often fun – manner. Highly recommended.

Mewburn Ellis candidate
The course was thorough and interesting. It feels like I have received a good grounding in litigation practice. The notes and materials were clear. The trainer was engaging and knowledgeable and explained all of the issues in a very clear and easily understandable way.

Potter Clarkson candidate
The exercises were interesting and well-organised. All time felt well spent. The trainer was very engaging, approachable and knowledgeable, and was willing to go ‘off script’ for an interesting point, but brought it back to the core course so no time was lost. Excellent.

AA Thornton candidate
The course was very enjoyable and informative. I feel like I have learnt a lot and had fun doing so. Our trainer had a very easy relaxed style. There was a good mix of talking and exercises. The course was clearly presented with very good written materials.

Public course candidate
I’d just like to say how enjoyable I found the course. I found all of the materials thoroughly engaging (I guess largely due to the way in which the course was delivered). I’ll certainly be recommending CPD Training as being the go-to choice for this course.

D Young candidate
The teaching has been fantastic. I have learnt a huge amount in a very short space of time and have been given clear guidance on new topics and issues, such that I understand what is required in the context of litigation. The course was extremely clear, practical and engaging. We have been taken through each topic in a very methodical way and been given an opportunity to apply this knowledge in a safe environment. Questions were always answered clearly and concisely and materials were easy to understand.

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Booking Terms and Conditions

  1. CPD Training (UK) Ltd reserves the right to change or cancel its training sessions. In the event of cancellation by CPD Training (UK) Ltd of a training session or assessment, an alternative date will be offered. Should an alternative date not be available in the event of cancellation by CPD Training (UK) Ltd, any course fees paid will be refunded.

  2. CPD Training (UK) Ltd reserves the right to change the course fees.

  3. All courses are subject to availability and demand.

  4. Unless otherwise agreed, the full course fee must be paid prior to commencement of the course and before the delegate’s place can be confirmed.

  5. CPD Training (UK) Ltd is willing to consider requests for payment by instalments by privately funded delegates, subject to a minimum deposit of 50% of the course fee being paid at the time of booking. No certificates will be released to successful candidates until payment in full has been received. Please contact us for further details regarding instalment plans.

  6. Delegates' travel and accommodation costs are not included in the course fee. Delegates are responsible for arranging their own travel and accommodation.

  7. Once full payment (or such deposit as may be agreed) has been received, written confirmation of your booking will be sent to you. Any Joining Instructions and, if applicable, pre-reading course materials will be sent to the delegate in due course.

  8. Lunch is not provided by CPD Training (UK) Ltd. Tea, coffee and water will be supplied upon arrival at the venue.

  9. Subject to paragraph 1, fees are non-refundable.

  10. Any course transfer requests must be made in writing to CPD Training (UK) Ltd. Any agreed transfers may be subject to an administration fee.

  11. CPD Training (UK) Ltd cannot be held responsible for failing to cater for any reasonable adjustments unless the delegate notifies us in writing upon booking and provides relevant evidence to support the request.

  12. If a delegate fails the assessment they shall be entitled to take the assessment again. There is no bar on the number of re-sits a delegate can take. An additional fee will be payable for each re-sit.