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Legal terminology: Drugs and drug-related offences

This is a series of 2 webinars for those who want to learn about or brush up their legal terminology in relation to drugs and drug-related offences

Many sources* say drug-related crime is on the rise and in the EU, the retail market for illegal drugs is worth about £18 billion. This unfortunate circumstance gives birth to a plethora of legal paperwork and court cases which need well-prepared language professionals such as yourself.

There are pitfalls, however,as the drug-related terminology is full of ever-changing jargon as well as specialised legal terms. Get your wording wrong and not only your client gets it wrong, your ability to get more work can be damaged as well.

Luckily, Sue Leschen is here to help! She will explain all there is to know to drugs and drug crime in two comprehensive sessions.

These interactive sessions are a great opportunity for attendees to send in their particular queries. The webinars also take place at the end of the working day so great timing for working professionals.

You can join us for just one or both of these webinars. Each part costs £25 but you only pay £40 if you buy them together!

* See here and here for some examples.

Session 1 (October 18): Possession

  • Category A, B and C drugs
  • Cocaine, heroin, cannabis
  • Offences of possession: for own use?
  • Medicinal uses of illegal drugs?
  • Illegal use of prescription drugs
  • Penalties
  • Paraphernalia, gear – the language of addicts

Session 2 (November 1): Supply

  • Who’s buying and who’ s selling?
  • Dealers, pushers and their clients
  • Offences of supply
  • Drug mules and dual immigration offences
  • Penalties
  • Scales, wraps and foil – the language of suppliers

Finally, Sue Leschen is offering one free one to one 30-minute legal terminology help session to all attendees who have signed up for one or more of this series of webinars.

To book, select the price from the options you will see when you “add to cart”. Select the correct price for the number of webinars you wish to attend. After payment on our secure payment gateway, you will be returned to our website where you can register for the webinars you want. This step is important. If for some reason you are not returned to us, please write to us at info AT ecpdwebinars.co.uk.

You will receive an automated receipt and will be invited to register for your chosen webinars. Again, this part is important.

All webinars are recorded: if you miss the live session, you will be able to view the recording later.


Sue Leschen

Sue is a lawyer-linguist and also the Director of Avocate, a niche market legal and commercial French interpreting and translation company in Manchester, UK. Sue is a hands-on interpreter and has been interpreting in courts and tribunals since 2002.

She is also an independent legal terminology trainer and a one to one mentor and business guru for language professionals.

Sue sits on the Professional Conduct Committees of NRPSI, NRCPD, and RBSLI and is also a member of CIOL’s Council, CIOL’s Interpreting Division and also CIOL’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committees.


18 October, 1 November 2018


6:00 pm UK time. Click here to see the time where you live.


Each webinar will last approximately 60-70 minutes plus Q&A.

CPD points

Each webinar earns one hour of CPD (ATA approved for one point). Our webinars and courses are accredited by the CIOL and by the Dutch Bureau Wbtv as ‘erkende opleiding’ (approved training). ITI members may also log these webinars as CPD hours. The same is true of most other professional institutes.

Who should watch it?

Both new and established linguists and interpreters wishing to learn more about drug-related offences and its terminology.

What are the benefits to you?

This webinar will increase your awareness of issues relating to drug-related jargon and legal terminology in courts.

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