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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

Accounting Principles for Lawyers Workshop

7 November 2015 - 8 November 2015

Time: 9:30am - 5:00pm
Venue: Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, 67-69 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3JB

Time: 9:30am – 5:00pm

Led by: Farhad Madon

Workshop Registration Fee: £30.00

Learn the language of business and be able to read and understand a balance sheet

This workshop is open to Queen Mary School of Law postgraduate students on a first come/first served basis (45 places only).

Essential accounting expertise for lawyers that you won’t easily get elsewhere

No matter what area of law you will practice, it will be important that you speak the ‘language of business, ie, accounting. Key competencies are an understanding of the accounting treatment for assets, liabilities, capital, income and expense accounts and the preparation and analysis of financial statements. Whether your interest is corporate, white collar crime, tax, dispute resolution or Intellectual Property law etc, such basic mastery of accounting principles will enable you to better represent your clients interests and be able to: evaluate the true nature of transactions, critically examine contractual provisions involving terms like ‘true sale’ or ‘net income’, spot ‘red flags’ in transactions which otherwise could lead to malpractice, understand the economic realities of a deal and its consequences that can include eg, loans, securitizations, royalties, sales, true risk transfers, loss as a measure of damages, etc.

Aims and objectives of Accounting for Lawyers

This two‐day interactive workshop is intended to provide you with an understanding of the fundamentals of accounting and financial reports, including:

  • Accrual accounting concepts, principles and conventions
  • The presentation of financial statements (balance sheets, income statements, statements of cash flow)
  • The interpretation and analysis of financial statements
  • The use and misuse of accounting information.

The goal of this valuable course is to enable students to review a company’s financial statements and develop a working accounting literacy.

The programme will be 15 hours spread over two days and Certificates of attendance will be provided


For directions to the venue, please refer to the map.

How to book

Please note that this event is open to Queen Mary School of Law postgraduate students only.

To register, please visit the Queen Mary e-shop. Please let us know if you have any mobility requirements so that we can make the necessary arrangements.


For more information on this event, please email

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