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ATICOM-Seminar „English Law for Legal Interpreters and Translators“

13. Juni 2015 um 10:00 - 14. Juni 2015 um 17:00

English Law for Legal Interpreters and Translators

“Intellectual Property, Land Law & Powers of Attorney”
“Family Law, Wills & Probate”

Course Tutor:

David Hutchins, Solicitor, Practising Consultant
(formerly Senior Partner) of Hutchins & Co Solicitors, London

Saturday, 13th June, 2015:
English Law for Legal Interpreters and Translators

Course Programme
“Intellectual Property, Land Law & Powers of Attorney”

Session One: Copyright & Copyright Infringement

What is copyright? What is protected? The idea or its expression?
A “work” must be “original”: literary, dramatic, musical, artistic
Fixation and tangibility
Secondary or Derivative works
Copyright in a translation: who owns it?
Qualification for and duration of copyright
Authorship & ownership: joint authorship, employees, licences
Moral rights: “paternity”, “integrity”, “false attribution”
Remedies for breach of moral rights: injunction, damages, disclaimer
Copyright infringement: definition, indirect infringement
What is restricted? Copying, rental, lending, performing in public, adapting
Secondary infringement
Remedies, inc. “account of profits”, “delivery up”
Defences: public interest, fair dealing, research, criticism, reporting

Confidentiality, Patents, Patent Infringement

A right of privacy under English Law? The Human Rights Act: exceptions
The quality of confidence, the obligation of confidence, unauthorised use
Defences: justification, fair comment, public interest
Patentability: novelty, invention, industrial application, not an “exclusion”
Entitlement: owner, inventor
Infringement, validity of patent / revocation, scope of patent, a “variant”
Defences: use before “priority date”, infringement “non-commercial”, experimental
Remedies: damages, injunction, delivery up, destruction, account of profits, declaration that patent is valid

Session Two: Designs, Trade Marks, Trade Mark Infringement, Passing Off

Design right protection, four main forms: RCD, UCD, UKRD, UDR
Community Design: novelty, individual character, duration, scope
Exclusions & limitations
UK-registered design rights: subsistence & exceptions
Trade mark registrability: purpose
Graphical representation, capable of distinguishing
Absolute and relative grounds for refusal
Infringement: use in course of trade, identical or similar, scope for confusion
Comparative advertising
Defences: use of own name, descriptive use, intended purpose
Remedies including injunction, search and seizure orders
“Groundless threats” of infringement proceedings, actionable under Trade Marks Act
Passing off: definition
The “classical trinity”: Goodwill, Misrepresentation, Damage
Common field of activity, relevance of Character, merchandising
Inverse passing off, post-sale confusion
Internet domain names

Session Three: Powers of Attorney

What is a Power of Attorney? Differences with “agency”
The parties: Donor & Attorney. How many Attorneys?
Types of Power: “Enduring”, “Lasting” (two), “General”, “Specific”
Contrast with “Living Will”: Mental Capacity Act 2005
Who can be Attorney? Exclusions. Capacity of Donor
Execution as a deed.
Lasting Power: certification and registration
Scope and restrictions of Powers: differences according to type
Duration and revocation
Responsibilities of Attorney: “Donor’s “best interests”
Consideration of forms of Power, how they differ
The Official Solicitor and Public Guardian: roles
The Court of Protection

Session Four: Land Law

Definition of “land”
“Estates” in land: freeholds & leaseholds
Legal & equitable “interests” in land: requirements for a binding contract
Registered & unregistered land: overriding interests
Easements, profits, and land charges
Co-ownership: joint tenants and tenants in common: severance of joint tenancy
Licences & estoppel: differences between a licence and a lease
Leases: characteristics: parties and position of third parties
Covenants and assignments
Breach of covenant and remedies
Restrictive covenants on freehold titles
Mortgage: nature of a mortgage: the mortgagor and the mortgagee, their respective rights
Redemption and the “equity of redemption”
Coercion and undue influence
Vacant possession and adverse possession

Sunday, 14th June, 2015
English Law for Legal Interpreters and Translators

Course Programme
“Family Law, Wills & Probate”

Session One: Marriage, civil partnership & cohabitation

Who can marry? Same sex marriages
Void and voidable marriages, annulment
Gender recognition
Cohabitation, statutory legal rights of cohabitees
Resulting and constructive trusts, proprietary estoppel
Pre-nuptial and cohabitation contracts

Domestic Violence & Divorce

Non-molestation orders: grounds: “associated people”
Harm to children
Occupation orders: entitled applicants: respondents range of orders
Harassment orders: course of conduct
Overlap with criminal law: domestic violence units
Divorce & dissolution: one “ground” for divorce, irretrievable breakdown
Five “facts”…adultery, behaviour, desertion, separation (two “facts”)
Bars to divorce: defences
Special Procedure: Decree Nisi & Decree Absolute
Dissolution of civil partnership: judicial separation

Session Two: Financial Issues & Children

Financial Issues: “Fairness like beauty lies in the eye of the beholder”: Lord Nicholls in White v White, HL 2000
Ancillary relief: orders for children: “child of the family”: Child Support Agency
Periodical payments, lump sum, property adjustment order, pension sharing order
Income, earning capacity, financial resources and needs
Duration of the marriage, contributions, conduct
“Big Money” cases: the “yardstick of equality”, the marital acquest
Mother, father: definitions, parental responsibility
Residence and contact orders, joint residence orders
Specific issue orders, prohibited steps orders, “no order”
The natural parent presumption
Child protection: care orders, supervision orders, child assessment orders, emergency protection orders
Duties of local authorities: social workers
The “threshold criteria”
Adoption: procedure: matching, placement, welfare of child, special guardian
Family jurisdiction of magistrates’ courts

Session Three: Wills

Will and Testament: is there a difference?
Domicile and capacity: testator, executors and trustees, trust corporations, guardian
Witnesses and execution
Essential clauses: revocation of previous wills, gift of residue
Validity of will and automatic revocation
Mirror wills: “commorientes” and survivorship clause
Specific gifts, legacies, beneficiaries and legatees
Trusts and settlements: life interests and life tenants: fiduciary duty of trustees
Legal ownership and beneficial ownership: the “estate”
Joint ownership: joint tenants and tenants in common
Gifts “inter vivos”: codicils

Session Four: Application for and issue of Grant of Representation (Probate)

Executors and Administrators: how they derive authority and how they differ
Max. number of Executors
Different types of Grant:
Oath for Executors / Administrators
Probate and Letters of Administration:
Personal Representatives: Renunciation of Executor: “Power Reserved”
Forms required: Probate Application Form (PA1) and Return of Estate Information
The Probate Registry
Assets and Liabilities: Nominated Property:
Condition of Will: “Plight and Condition”
Creditors and Statutory Advertisements: protection of personal representatives
Death Certificate: registrar’s copies
Intestacy: Rules of Intestacy: the Statutory Legacy and chattels
Blood relationship: Child / Issue: Brothers & Sisters “of the whole blood”
Partial Intestacy
Legal Liability of Personal Representatives: Minorities and Life Interests


330,- € für Mitglieder (ATICOM / ADÜ Nord / BDÜ / CBTIP / DIT / DTT / SFT / tekom / VdÜ / VÜD) bzw. 460,- € für Nichtmitglieder. Student/innen (Nachweis) zahlen die Hälfte.
Während der Veranstaltung steht Wasser im Tagungsraum zur Verfügung. Zwei Kaffeepausen sowie eine Mittagspause mit Imbiss sind im Preis inbegriffen.
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13. Juni 2015 um 10:00
14. Juni 2015 um 17:00


Düsseldorf (CVJM)