Our training services

Since 2006, we have been delivering community based education and training that help people understand how the law works and build their skills and confidence. We have developed innovative and interactive community-based education courses around housing, welfare, consumer, and employment issues.

Rather than focusing on teaching the technical detail of the law, we emphasise developing a general skill set that enables people to prevent and deal with legal issues as they arise. With laws and regulations often changing rapidly, it is these skills that are most important.

Our training courses can be delivered consecutively in order to improve the broader knowledge, skills and confidence needed to deal with everyday law-related issues or as independent courses addressing a specific legal need or the skills needed to deal with a particular legal problem.

Who is it for?

Our training courses are designed for people who are unlikely to have any legal or advice training such as community leaders or volunteers. They can also be used to support those who currently provide legal advice, but would like to build the skills to teach public legal education.

We have developed approaches to equip community leaders and volunteers to act as a first port of call for problems that might have a legal dimension. This means ensuring they have a grounding in basic legal concepts and the knowledge and skills to help them spot when they need to direct people quickly to the best sources of legal help and advice. They are also equipped to help people manage some of the practical aspects of common problems – like getting records together – so that when they do access specialist help they are as organised as they can be to take further steps towards resolving their legal problems.

Our current training courses

“I am armed with the knowledge and skills, and developed the confidence to inform clients in despair, and guide them to find alternatives.” – training participant

Making Sense of the Law

This training is designed to help particiopants examine the way in which they see the law and to help them understand a number of basic legal concepts such as the distinction between civil law and criminal law and the main elements of a contract.

The aim of this training is to help participants:

  • understand two basic legal concepts, contract and statute,
  • apply the law in particular legal situations,
  • identify accessible and reliable sources of online legal information, and
  • use these resources to find information about specific legal scenarios.

Dealing with Law-related Problems

This training is designed to help participants develop the skills and confidence to deal with law-related issues through a series of case studies. Participants will undertake IT research and take part in problem-solving exercises which develop in complexity as the training progresses.

The aim of this training is to help participants:

  • develop problem-solving skills,
  • explore non-legal aspects of legal issues such as debt and fuel poverty, and
  • improve practical skills, such as budgeting and organisational skills, to overcome some of the legal problems.

Developing legal capabilities: preventing legal problems

This training aims to support participants to identify and develop their clients’ capabilities for dealing with law related issues.

The aim of this training is to help participants:

  • identify differences between legal advice and legal information, and
  • learn how to support clients in distress to develop a basic set of practical skills to help them deal with legal problems.

Supporting self-representing litigants

This training offers basic information for people representing themselves in court. At the end of the training, participants will learn about the following:

  • sources of reliable legal information,
  • basic information about courts, and
  • tribunals and alternative dispute resolution routes available for people wanting to enforce their rights and responsibilities.

Benefit sanctions

This training course looks both at how to avoid benefit sanctions and at how to deal with them when they do happen.

The aim of this training is to help participants:

  • explore what information and evidence are needed to make a claim for benefits,
  • understand the process of appealing a benefit sanction,
  • develop the soft skills needed to engage with the benefits system, and
  • test their knowledge and skills in a role-play exercise involving a client.

“Really great mix of interactive and informative sessions stopped it getting dry.” – training participant

Private renting: Tenancy agreements

This training helps participants develop their understanding about housing law and learn about the nature of a tenancy agreement and its legal significance. During this training, participants will also be:

  • introduced to useful legal on-line information sites and guided on ways of discriminating between different sources of information, and
  • use their research skills and apply knowledge gained during the course to identify how to challenge aspects of a tenancy agreement in a case study.

Private renting: Tenancy deposits

This training will assist participants to understand the rules regarding tenancy deposits and deposit protection schemes by taking part in case studies and interactive IT games. In addition, participants will also be able to learn about:

  • best practices when taking on a new tenancy,
  • landlords’ and tenants’ responsibilities at the start and at the end of a tenancy.

Private renting: Dealing with housing disrepair

This training deals with practical legal questions around disrepair and the relationship between landlord and tenant. It provides the opportunity to develop and practice key communication skills and the ability to identify and assess different courses of action for dealing with disrepair problems.

The aim of this session is to help participants:

  • understand the basic rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants in relation to disrepair’
  • assess and develop a course of action for dealing with disrepair problems,
  • recognise and develop effective communication skills, and
  • identify sources of support when dealing with disrepair problems.

“Really useful and accessible booklets, will definitely use them!” – training participant

Private renting: Section 21 evictions

This training will provide a basic overview of Section 21 evictions and assist in developing a set of strategies for dealing with them.

As a result of this training, participants will:

  • learn about the eviction process,
  • identify some of the reasons why a tenant may be able to challenge a landlord’s claim for a possession order,
  • recognise the pros and cons of challenging a claim for a possession order, and
  • find out about sources of information and legal help available to help tenants facing eviction from their home.

“It was good to be in a group of people so willing to share knowledge and expertise. Good to go through the whole case study and S21 process too.” – training participant

“Thank you for the extremely incisive, informative and interesting Section 21 training.” – training participant

“The day was really great and I admire how the trainers delivered the session. I learned a great deal and it’s one of the best training days I have ever had.” – training participant

“The discussions/workshop approach helped me to not only understand the Section 21 evictions but also the awareness for help and support.” – training participant

Employment and discrimination: developing confidence and getting organised

This training deals with practical legal questions around employment law, specifically to do with discrimination issues and reasonable adaptations. It provides the opportunity to develop specific skills around getting organised in order to manage law-related problems and foster the personal skills, such as confidence and motivation, necessary to persevere.

The aim of this session is to help participants:

  • understand the basic legal rules of discrimination in the context of employment,
  • identify and develop key organisational skills to effectively manage law-related problems,
  • identify capability needs and ways to support clients, and
  • evaluate and devise a strategy for developing the personal skills necessary for persevering with a law-related problem.

Contact us

For further inquiries and details of our fees structure please contact Dada Felja:
Email: dada.felja@lawforlife.org.uk
Telephone 0207 336 9436 (Mondays to Thursdays 8.30 am – 4 pm)
We try to be as flexible as possible about pricing, particularly for smaller organisations and startups.

Published: 19 December 2016

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