CPD Training's Basic Litigation Skills Course for patent and trade mark attorneys continues to generate considerable interest.

Led by Chris Taylor, the programme has been run mainly in London but there have been in-house courses in Bath, Bristol, Glasgow and Munich and there are due to be courses in Manchester, Leeds and Oxford.

One patent attorney who attended the public course in London last month spoke of what had impressed him.

"The course covered key principles of litigation (e.g. case theory, disclosure and privilege etc.), but was largely practical in nature and involved a case study which was developed throughout the week. The interactive nature of the course proved to be an enjoyable way to reinforce the legal principles.

The course was delivered by Chris Taylor of CPD Training who was very knowledgeable but equally importantly delivered the material clearly and in an approachable, friendly manner. I have subsequently found the knowledge gained on the course to be very useful in my everyday practice.

I would have no hesitation in recommending this course for obtaining the Intellectual Property Litigation Certificate


Peter Lyons has been to Frankfurt twice in the past few months. 

The first time was to teach CMS Hasche Sigle. He was joined by Maria Danaher, a leading Pittsburgh attorney and advocacy teacher; and Judge Mark Drummond and his wife Carol Sowers.

Maria flew via Boston and Iceland to be there. After hours, Maria delivered her self-defence course for lawyers called "Fight Like a Girl."

It was very well received.

CMS was extremely happy with the advocacy training.

Peter Lyons returned to Frankfurt to teach a large financial institution.

In September, he taught a week-long course in Belfast for the Northern Ireland Law Society and then he flew to Zurich to train the talented lawyers at Gabriel Arbitration.


CPD Training has run a number of Higher Rights of Audience assessments for large City firms in the past few weeks.

The firms include Skadden Arps, Denton, CMS, Three Crowns and Watson Farley & Williams.

Chris Taylor has delivered a successful litigation training course twice for Law South.

CPD Training has run its regular PSC Advocacy Training courses for Hill Dickinson, Mayer Brown and Bond Dickinson.

AuthorNicolas Gruszka