About us

Why choose us?

We’re qualified and highly experienced both as solicitors and as trainers, and we’ve been delivering training as a company since 2003. One of our team has also created and run the training function at two London legal firms. We’re therefore best placed to understand your needs and to help you achieve the highest standards.

We strongly believe that skills and language training can be effective only if it’s ‘hands-on’ and if it benefits each individual. With the help of Zoom (and other online platforms), we apply the same methodology for our online training as for our face-to-face training. With exercises throughout for pairs, threes and individuals, we ensure our training is engaging, interactive, practical and relevant. And we give as much attention as possible to each individual through monitoring and feedback.

Our clients are international and UK based, and we have wide experience of working with diverse nationalities. Our legal clients include firms and in-house legal departments in the UK (including in the City of London) and abroad. Our business clients come from professions and organisations in the UK and abroad. 

 

 

Our team

Stella Styllis

MD and Trainer

Alan Simmons

Trainer

Emma Rush

 Coach

Stella Styllis

MD and Trainer

Alan Simmons

Trainer

Emma Rush

 Coach

The three online sessions were incredibly useful and practical, and have changed the style of my emails and drafting. The sessions worked well. We were able to speak in an informal way and express our particular concerns about our own writing, and Stella was very helpful in tailoring her approach to our specific needs and queries. I feel that I have developed some key skills as a result of the course, and am now able to approach drafting and legal writing in a more focused way.’

Trainee solicitor

City law firm

You can feel that Alan really loves the English language and is very focused on getting you to a higher level.

Corporate lawyer

Munich

It is really precious to have trainers like Stella and Alan, who are especially patient, have exceptional teaching skills and also professional expertise. The sessions are extraordinarily efficient and effective and the materials are interesting. What I learned with Axia Training has significantly improved my language skills in dealing with international clients and international law firms.

Lawyer

Chinese law firm

 

Stella Styllis

Managing Director & Trainer

LLB (Hons) University of Exeter

Solicitor (non-practising)

University of Cambridge Certificate in English Language Training to Adults (CELTA)

 

I set up Axia Training Limited in 2003 and have since been designing and delivering training for lawyers and business people from the UK and abroad. I enjoy combining my training capability with my legal and business experience to encourage each individual, whatever their career level, to raise their skills.

Before becoming a trainer, I practised as a solicitor for 20 years, both in private practice (including at a niche City firm) and in house. My in-house roles included legal analyst at the Cyprus Development Bank, legal adviser and company secretary of Amoco U.K. Limited, and senior legal adviser with the Rank Group (then a FTSE 100 company).

My main work covered M&A, commercial contracts, major US and UK litigation, loan and security documentation, and special projects.

Languages

I’m bilingual in Greek and I’ve learnt classical languages, French, and Italian, all to a high standard.

During this Covid crisis, I’m taking the opportunity to further my language skills.

 

 

Alan Simmons

Trainer

    LLB (Hons) in Law and French

LLM International Human Rights

Solicitor (practising)

RSA Certificate in teaching English as a foreign language (CTEFLA)

 

 

I’ve been delivering legal and business skills and language training to lawyers and other professionals and business people worldwide since 1996.

I studied law at Leicester University, where I gained my LLB, and at Strasbourg University and the European University Institute in Florence. I qualified as a solicitor with an international City law firm, now Linklaters, and practised as a commercial solicitor for some years at two other London firms. (I’ve also recently become a consultant on an ad hoc basis for a small firm in the City.)

Concurrently, I’ve developed a speciality in human rights law and have represented individuals before the European Court of Human Rights. In addition, I’ve trained Central and Eastern European lawyers and judges on international human rights law.

Languages

My greatest ‘hobby’, both for pleasure and work, is learning languages. I’m currently fluent in French and Portuguese, have good written and spoken Spanish, Italian and Albanian, and have done legal translations from French, Spanish and Portuguese into English.

In addition, I have conversational Arabic, German, Japanese, Croatian, Somali, Hindi, Russian, Persian, Dutch, Finnish, Turkish, Norwegian and Romanian. And, I have a passion for different writing systems in languages, so I’ve learned to read and write Hindi, Nepalese, Georgian, Armenian, Persian, Japanese and Arabic.

 

 

 

Emma Rush

Business Coach

MA hons in English (Cantab)

Former solicitor

Business coach (Meyler Campbell programme)

Level B British Psychological Society qualified

 

 

 

I coach individuals facing a range of business and career issues, and use psychometrics to help people gain a deeper understanding of what might be holding them back, their motivations and how to enhance their core skills. I am experienced in helping people develop and improve, and in being a facilitator in change for individuals.

I qualified as a coach with the Meyler Campbell programme, and gained qualifications and experience in psychometric instruments, including the Myers Briggs Type Indicator; the Hogan suite of instruments; Saville’s Wave instrument; the FIRO-B® and the 16PF®.

I originally practised as a commercial property lawyer for several years and then joined BPP Accountancy Courses, delivering legal training to trainee accountants. I went on to set up the Training & Development Department at the City law firm Taylor Wessing. There I  established a programme of skills training which involved me in designing and delivering programmes, coaching individuals on career questions, and using psychometrics to support project work within the Human Resources Department.

I then moved to a smaller West End firm where I established and led the Training & Development function within the Human Resources Department.

 

 

 

 

 

Stella Styllis

Managing Director & Trainer

LLB (Hons) University of Exeter

Solicitor (non-practising)

University of Cambridge Certificate in English Language Training to Adults (CELTA)

 

 

 

I set up Axia Training Limited in 2003 and have since been designing and delivering training for lawyers and business people from the UK and abroad. I enjoy combining my training capability with my legal and business experience to encourage each individual, whatever their career level, to raise their skills.

Before becoming a trainer, I practised as a solicitor for 20 years both in private practice (including at a niche City firm) and in house. My in-house roles included legal analyst at the Cyprus Development Bank, legal adviser and company secretary of Amoco U.K. Limited, and senior legal adviser with the Rank Group (then a FTSE 100 company).

My main work covered M&A, commercial contracts, major US and UK litigation, loan and security documentation, and special projects.

Languages

I’m bilingual in Greek and have learnt classical languages, French, and Italian, all to a high standard.

During this Covid crisis, I’m taking the opportunity to further my language skills.

 

 

 

 

I’ve been delivering legal and business skills and language training to lawyers and other professionals and business people worldwide since 1996.

I studied law at Leicester University, where I gained my LLB, and at Strasbourg University and the European University Institute in Florence. I qualified as a solicitor with an international City law firm, now Linklaters, and practised as a commercial solicitor for some years at two other London firms. (I’ve also recently become a consultant on an ad hoc basis for a small firm in the City.)

Concurrently, I’ve developed a speciality in human rights law and have represented individuals before the European Court of Human Rights. In addition, I’ve trained Central and Eastern European lawyers and judges on international human rights law.

Languages

My greatest ‘hobby’, both for pleasure and work, is learning languages. I’m currently fluent in French and Portuguese, have good written and spoken Spanish, Italian and Albanian, and have done legal translations from French, Spanish and Portuguese into English.

In addition, I have conversational Arabic, German, Japanese, Croatian, Somali, Hindi, Russian, Persian, Dutch, Finnish, Turkish, Norwegian and Romanian. And, I have a passion for different writing systems in languages, so I’ve learned to read and write Hindi, Nepalese, Georgian, Armenian, Persian, Japanese and Arabic.

 

Alan Simmons

Trainer

    LLB (Hons) in Law and French

LLM International Human Rights

Solicitor (practising)

RSA Certificate in teaching English as a foreign language (CTEFLA)

 

Emma Rush

Business Coach

MA hons in English (Cantab)

Former solicitor

Business coach (Meyler Campbell programme)

Level B British Psychological Society qualified

 

 

 

I coach individuals facing a range of business and career issues, and use psychometrics to help people gain a deeper understanding of what might be holding them back, their motivations and how to enhance their core skills. I am experienced in helping people develop and improve, and in being a facilitator in change for individuals.

I qualified as a coach with the Meyler Campbell programme, and gained qualifications and experience in psychometric instruments, including the Myers Briggs Type Indicator; the Hogan suite of instruments; Saville’s Wave instrument; the FIRO-B® and the 16PF®.

I originally practised as a commercial property lawyer for several years and then joined BPP Accountancy Courses, delivering legal training to trainee accountants. I went on to set up the Training & Development Department at the City law firm Taylor Wessing. There I  established a programme of skills training which involved me in designing and delivering programmes, coaching individuals on career questions, and using psychometrics to support project work within the Human Resources Department.

I then moved to a smaller West End firm where I established and led the Training & Development function within the Human Resources Department.