Understanding the UK Legal System

“A great detailed course which covered more than I thought it would - no improvements needed!”

English Heritage

The UK legal system can seem overwhelmingly complicated and confusing for anyone who has not had a comprehensive introduction. For those that require an induction into the legal framework that underpins government in Britain, this programme offers an overview of the legal workings of the UK and will decode and demystify the key legal terms and concepts for anyone working in the Public Sector or Civil Service.

Understanding the UK Legal System is an introductory course featured in our Law and Legal Awareness series. At Civil Service College, we pride ourselves on our ability to tailor our courses to each attendee’s role and organisations, ensuring that each delegate gets the most out of the training. Our courses and trainers are continuously updated and evaluated to ensure that we are always delivering the best service possible.  

Key features of the course include:

  • The constitutional structure of the UK: Parliament, the Judiciary and Government
  • Making legislation: legislative process, the common law and devolution in the UK
  • The court and tribunal system
  • Working effectively with your lawyers
  • EU and international law
  • Judicial Review

Designed for:

Delegates with no legal background who work with legal terminology and/or the legal system.

Learning outcomes:

Attendees will gain a thorough understanding of legal concept, enabling them to navigate the legal environment that they work in. They will also be able to utilise the legal resources available to them.




10:00 - 17:00


£550 + VAT


St James’s Park, London


28 September 2017 Book

19 February 2018 Book

14 September 2018 Book

Course Trainer

Helen Bennett

Helen is a barrister and former senior government lawyer who has worked for numerous public sector and third sector organisations, including the Department of the Environment, the Wales Office and the Office of Rail Regulation.

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Helen Bennett

Helen Bennett is a barrister and former senior government lawyer who has worked for the Department of the Environment, the Wales Office and numerous other Public Sector and Third Sector organisations.  She was a Senior Principal Lawyer at the Department of the Environment, where she advised Ministers and Civil Servants on legal issues, worked on Parliamentary Bills, drafted statutory instruments and dealt with judicial reviews.

In addition, she was the former Senior Legal Adviser at the Office of Rail Regulation where she provided legal advice on health and safety law, the economic regulation of the railways and on implementing EU directives.

Helen established her own consultancy where she acted as the Interim Legal Adviser to the   Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. Here she would give complaints and regulatory advice. She also provided legal consultancy for the Wales Office. Helen also sat on Employment Tribunals and the Fitness to Practice Panel of the General Dental Council.

Helen created and directed the first legal awareness programmes for the National School of Government, planning and delivering courses and conferences on public law for non-lawyers. She also established the annual conferences on European Law and on Administrative Law.


  • B.A. Hons in PPP ( Philosophy and Psychology), Somerville College, University of Oxford   1967 – 1970
  • M.Psych.  Masters in Psychology, University of New South Wales, Sydney  1971 – 1972                                 
  • Diploma in Law, City University, London  1980 – 1981                       
  • Inns of Court School of Law- Bar Finals 1981 -1982                         
  • Pupillages:   11 Kings Bench Walk (now Keating Chambers); construction law and 11 Old Buildings; chancery and commercial law, 1982 -1983 

“Better understanding of governance, the structure and hierarchy of ministerial departments. I also got an overview of relevant legislation and the judicial process”

Land Registry

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