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NEW: Certificate in Enforcement for Public Bodies open to applications
Those working in the areas of regulation and enforcement, or those wishing to work in those areas, are now invited to apply for the Diploma Centre’s brand-new course, the Certificate in Enforcement for Public Bodies, which commences 13 April 2021.
This certificate course, which is new for spring 2021, provides participants with an overview of the rationale for regulation and the various methods of enforcement – civil and criminal enforcement as well as investigations and hearings. Additionally, the important area of challenges to decisions of a regulatory body is examined. There is focus on enforcement notices, pitfalls to avoid and the key issues that affect the ability to enforce. Participants will critically evaluate sample enforcement notices and understand the consequences arising from a poorly drafted notice. 
The course will also see experts examining discrete areas of enforcement and the particular concerns relating to each sector. Data protection, freedom of information and data sharing between public bodies will also be addressed. 
Practical skills workshops are an integral part of this certificate and will assist participants with honing their drafting skills, particularly when drafting letters of instruction and enforcement notices. There is a bonus module for non-lawyers to assist them with legal literacy skills.
For further information visit or contact Course Leader Deirdre Flynn, Solicitor, at  
Negative Interest Rate Charges and Solicitors’ Accounts Regulations – Practice Guidance and Need to Know Essentials for day-to-day Practice – 26 March
This is an essential webinar for all practitioners. Speakers include John Elliot, Director of Regulation. This is a practical look at the Law Society Practice Note with an opportunity to ask questions.  Attendance gives 1 Regulatory matters (accounting) CPD hour.
Date26 March 2021
Time 2.30pm to 3.30pm
VenueZoom webinar with live Q&A 
Discounted* Fee €75
CPD Hours1 Regulatory Matters (including 1 Accounting) (by eLearning)
Aims and objectives
A Practice Note has been issued by the Registrar of Solicitors and Director of Regulation setting out the regulatory implications of negative interest charges that some banks are seeking to impose on a firm’s client account. This practice note provides practical information and guidance regarding how a solicitor should comply with their obligations under the Solicitors Accounts Regulations where their bank imposes such charges on their client accounts. This seminar is an opportunity to hear the Director of Regulation and a member of the Law Society Task Force on Negative Interest Rate Charges give a practical explanation of the guidance notes and how this will impact on day-to-day practice. 
Learning outcomes
A delegate who attends this seminar will 
•gain an understanding of the actions a solicitor should take when notified of negative interest charges on their client account,
•gain an understanding of how negative interest charges may be recovered in the context of a solicitor and client relationship, and
•gain an understanding of the general obligations and arrangements in respect of client moneys.
John Elliot has been Director of Regulation of the Law Society of Ireland since 2004.  He is responsible for direction and management of the regulatory function of the Society and holds the statutory office of Registrar of Solicitors.  He is a solicitor and previously worked in-house in financial services in both Ireland and the UK, having started his career in private practice.
Richard Hammond S.C. is a Partner with Hammond Good, Solicitors & Notaries Public, in Mallow in north County Cork. He is a member of the Council of the Law Society.  He is a member of the Task Force established to give guidance on negative interest rates. He is or has been involved in a number of committees of the Law Society of Ireland including inter alia the Probate, Administration & Trusts Committee, the Mental Health & Capacity Task Force, the Gazette Editorial Board, the Professional Indemnity Insurance Committee, the Education Committee, and the Complaints & Client Relations Committee.  Richard was the President of the Southern Law Association 2018-2019.
If you have any questions, or concerns about attending an online event, please do not hesitate to get in touch. A member of the LSPT team will be glad to help. 
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*Law Society Finuas Skillnet members
Gain an understanding of the fundamentals of commercial contracts
Applications are invited for the Certificate in Commercial Contracts. Participants of this course will gain an understanding of the fundamental competencies required by the commercial lawyer when drafting, reviewing and negotiating commercial agreements.
This course includes guidance on the structure and format of commercial contracts and emphasises the importance of using clear and concise language when drafting such agreements.
Experienced practitioners provide drafting tips and best practice recommendations on how best to ensure that your commercial contracts provide legal and commercial certainty. The course begins with generic drafting advice, examining standard boilerplate provisions, before considering issues pertinent to specific practice areas in more depth. This course will benefit:
•Public sector, private sector and in-house solicitors who deal with commercial contracts on a daily basis;
•Trainee solicitors and students seeking to expand their knowledge of the commercial industry;
•Barristers who practice in the areas of commercial litigation, chancery and contract law; and
•Other suitably qualified professionals who are involved in negotiation and drafting commercial agreements.
The Certificate in Commercial Contracts commenced on Saturday 6 March. However, late applications are currently being accepted. It is possible to join now and to catch up on previous lectures online via a playback function.
For further information, go to or contact Course Leader Cian Monahan, Solicitor, by email at 
Challenges Arising from the Return to the Workplace - Employment Law Masterclass Webinar 18 May
A practical and up-to-date insight into employment law issues arising from employees returning to the work place during times of covid-19. Topics include: GDPR and WFH, managing the workforce and the challenges arising from employees’ return to the workplace, and the provision of a safe working environment for employees.
Speakers and Chair include
•Kate Colleary, Principal, Colleary & Co Solicitors, Dublin
•Melanie Crowley, Partner Mason Hayes and Curran Solicitors, Dublin
•Richard Grogan, Principal, Richard Grogan & Associates Solicitors, Dublin
Further speakers tbc.
Date18 May 2021
 Mode of DeliveryZoom webinar with Live Q&A
Discounted* Fee€160
CPD Hours2 General and 1 Management and Professional Development Skills (by eLearning) Total 3 CPD Hours
Aims and Objectives
This masterclass gives practitioners a highly practical and up-to-date insight into employmentlaw issues arising from employees returning to the work place during times of covid-19. The speakers will give advice on:
•GDPR issues arising from working from home, 
•a practical guide to managing the workforce and the employment law challenges arising from employees’ return to the workplace, and
•how to provide a safe working environment for employees.
 Course materials will include a set of detailed papers written by the speakers.
If you have any questions, or concerns about attending an online event, please do not hesitate to get in touch. A member of the LSPT team will be glad to help. 
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To book your place click on Employment Law: Return to Work Challenges
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Ar mhaith leat a bheith cláraithe mar aturnae a chleachtann trí Ghaeilge?
Ar mhaith leat a bheith cláraithe mar aturnae a chleachtann trí Ghaeilge?
The PPCII elective Advanced Legal Practice Irish (ALPI) / Ardchúrsa Cleachtadh Dlí as Gaeilge (CDG Ardchúrsa) is open to practising solicitors who wish to be registered on the Irish Language Register (Law Society) / Clár na Gaeilge (An Dlí-Chumann).
In order to be entered onto the Irish Language Register, a solicitor must take this PPCII elective course and pass all course assessment and attendance requirements.
A Leaving Certificate Higher Level standard of Irish is a minimum entry standard for this course. 
The Ardchúrsa Cleachtadh Dlí as Gaeilge (CDG Ardchúrsa) will run from 14 April until 10 June 2021. The course contact hours (lectures and workshops) will be delivered on Thursday evenings from 6pm-8pm online via Zoom. 
Due to the group work logistics, attendance at all of the virtual Thursday evening workshops is essential. Participants will be required to complete individual and group coursework online in between each session. There will be two coursework weeks built into the timetable, to facilitate group collaboration coursework.
Assessment will combine continuous assessment, an end-of-course group project and an individual oral presentation. 
This course will fulfil the full practitioner CPD requirement for 2021.
The Advanced Legal Practice Irish Course was awarded the European Language Label 2012.
The fee for 2021 is €625. Further information, including a brochure and an application form, is available on the Law Society website at
Information on the Irish Language Register / Clár na Gaeilge can be found at
Contact person, John Lunney, Solicitor, Course Manager; tel: 01 672 4802.
New Skills for a New Year – Supporting all staff working in a solicitor practice and in-house in the legal services sector.
Over the last year, you have told us of the need for skills training across a wide range of areas. We have listened and today we are delighted to announce our NEW Open Skills training workshops for all staff working in the Legal Services Sector. 
•Professional Development Skills Programme 
This programme comprises of a suite of skills workshops. It is open to all staff working within the legal services sector. It addresses the day-to-day challenges facing all employees working in our radically changed working environment with new technology, less face-to-face interactivity and ever changing client care demands. The workshops are:
Personal Effectiveness Workshop (Organisational skills) - 24 February
Understanding Unconscious Bias – 24 March
Dealing with difficult Clients/Members of the public -14 April
Communication Skills -19 May
Proofreading workshop - 30 June
Building Emotional Resilience – 11 August
Presentation Skills - 6 October 
Influencing and Persuasive Business Writing Skills - 10 November 
•Managers Skills Programme
This programme comprises of a suite of skills workshops. It is open to all staff who manage other staff within the legal services sector. It addresses the need for new skills to manage staff working within changed working environments with new challenges, evolving client expectations and evolving operational management structures. The workshops are: 
Project Management – 20 April 
Business Acumen & Finance – 25 May 
Handling Critical Conversations for Managers – 28 September
All workshops are stand-alone and participants can pick and mix the ones of most relevance to them. Numbers are strictly limited to 12 to ensure that learning outcomes are achieved and participants have maximum engagement with the expert trainers. 
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Get up to date on data protection law with the Diploma Centre
The Diploma Centre is currently accepting late applications for its popular Certificate in Data Protection Practice. Focusing on the GDPR and how to apply it in practice, this course provides knowledge essential to a range of organisations.
Data is a valuable commodity. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force in May 2018, has significantly changed the data protection landscape. Data protection and data security affects us all in both our personal and professional lives so it is essential to understand the many legal responsibilities and rights associated with collecting, retaining and processing data. 
This certificate is designed to ensure that participants are equipped to understand and comply with the regulation’s requirements. 
On completion of this programme, participants will have:
•A comprehensive knowledge of Regulation 2016/679 (the GDPR);
•An understanding of the data protection framework in Ireland as governed by the Data Protection Acts 1988-2018;
•An ability to apply that knowledge to a range of data protection issues in practice and to understand the role of the data protection officer;
•The skills to advise on subject access requests, legitimate processing, data retention, consent, and international data transfers;
•The confidence to recognise when a data breach has occurred and the notification requirements;
•An appreciation of the powers of the Data Protection Commission and the sanctions that can be imposed for non-compliance with the regulation;
•The skills to conduct a data privacy impact assessment and a data protection audit and to report on an organisation’s data governance and security.
This certificate course is also ideal for those who wish to improve their data protection knowledge while dealing with a busy schedule: Online lectures take place on Wednesdays, with online workshops on Saturdays. 
This course commenced on 17 February 2021. However, it is possible to still apply and to catch up on previous lectures online via playback.
For further information, see or contact Riona Leahy, Solicitor, Course Leader by email: 
Effective Mediation in Ireland – What all good litigators need to know - 22 April

The Litigation and ADR Committees in partnership with Law Society Professional Training will host an online session on 22 April, 2021 to explore how mediation is evolving to meet Irish clients' changing needs (including during COVID) and will focus on emerging trends and developments, exploring what solicitors need to know so as to best serve their clients' interests.


Mediation has been used in Ireland for many years, supported both by the judiciary and by the Oireachtas, most recently by the Mediation Act 2017. The event panel will consider whether the Mediation Act 2017 has achieved its aim and the scope for further reform. It will explore practical strategic issues - the optimum timing of mediation, the choice of mediator, overcoming obstacles to mediation and will highlight tools available (the Law Society's mediation precedents) to help solicitors engage in or advise on mediation. 
Panelists will include Liam Kennedy SC (A&L Goodbody, former Chair Litigation Committee) will chair a panel of experienced litigators and mediators including Michael Peart (former Judge of the Court of Appeal),  Helen Kilroy (Partner, McCann Fitzgerald), Alison Kelleher (Partner, Comyn Kelleher Tobin, Chair ADR Committee), William Aylmer, (Former Chair ADR Committee, Consultant, Compton Solicitors) and Lisa Broderick, (Partner, DAC Beechcroft).
If you have any questions, or concerns about attending an online event, please do not hesitate to get in touch. A member of the Professional Training team will be glad to help. 
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CPD Clusters 2021 are back this summer in collaboration with bar associations as on-line webinars
The 2021 Law Society Finuas Skillnet clusters are run in collaboration with the regional bar associations and will provide essential practice updates on key issues relevant to general practitioners.
Topics, speakers and timings vary from venue to venue and offer a mix of general, regulatory matters and management and professional development CPD hours. In order to enable access for all, these events will be available to attend as webinars with live Q&As. All materials will be sent to delegates in advance.
There will be more Clusters announced in the coming weeks, further details are to be finalised.
Make a booking
Choose from the list below and click for more details and to make a booking.
11 May – Essential Solicitor Update 2021 in partnership with the Leitrim Bar Association, Longford Bar Association, Roscommon Bar Association, and Sligo Bar Association
20 May – Midland General Practice Update 2021 in partnership with the Laois Solicitors’ Association, Kildare Bar Association, Midland Bar Association and Carlow Bar Association
17 June – North West Practice Update 2021 in partnership with the Donegal Bar Association, Inishowen Bar Association
2 July – Essential Solicitors’ Update 2021 in partnership with the Clare Bar Association and Limerick Bar Association
To book your place at one of the 2021 clusters, please click the link above, or contact a member of the Finuas Skillnet Team for more information. 
Email: Finuas
Tel: 01 881 5727


The Certificate in Charity Law returns for 2021
Those involved in charity or voluntary organisations can ensure their organisation is up-to-date with best practice and latest guidance with the Certificate in Charity Law, Trusteeship and Governance. This popular course, which commenced 26 February, is now accepting late applications.
The Certificate in Charity Law, Trusteeship and Governance represents a collaboration between the Law Society of Ireland’s Diploma Centre and The Wheel, Ireland’s national charity association. It aims to provide practitioners and those working in the charity, community and voluntary sector with an overview of the law and best practice in the relevant areas. The course has a very practical emphasis and will equip participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to maintain integrity and uphold standards.
The charity sector in Ireland is facing many challenges due to the impact of Covid-19, in particular the effect it has had on fundraising and service continuity. Additionally, the establishment of the Charities Regulator, increasing regulatory & funding requirements (including the introduction in late 2018 of the Regulator’s Charities Governance Code), and developments on the horizon in terms of funding and competitive tendering herald changes that need to be taken on board to shape the future of this sector in Ireland. 
Our practical approach and the use of an online forum ensure that attendees can learn both from lecturers and from the knowledge sharing and peer-to-peer aspect that is encouraged in interactive sessions.  
This course recently commenced on 26 February. However, those who join now can catch up on previous lectures online via the playback function.
For further information on the course and the application process visit the Diploma Centre pages on our website or contact Course Leader Suzanne Crilly, Solicitor, on 
Construction Law: The Fundamentals – an online on-demand masterclass
The return of this popular masterclass; a practical course presented by leading experts, to introduce, update and develop practitioners’ knowledge in the area of Construction Law. Access the presentations online, on-demand and learn at your own pace.
This course is relevant to solicitors, barristers and those employed in the construction industry. It is also of particular relevance to unemployed solicitors or those who wish to return to practice after a period of absence.  
The Speakers are: Martin Cooney, Partner, Byrne Wallace Solicitors, Dublin and Mary Liz Mahony, Counsel, Dentons Ireland
DateCourse comprises ten modules released from 25 February 2021
Discounted* Fee€350.00 
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CPD Hours10 General (by eLearning)
Construction law is an area of legal practice that is experiencing increased growth in the current environment. This legal service demand is anticipated to increase over the coming months.  
This comprehensive course will be delivered online through a practical series of lectures and case studies by leading professional experts. The course will introduce, update and develop practitioners’ knowledge, skills and competencies in the area of construction law, including project finance and project security.   
This course comprises ten modules released from 25 February 2021. All modules must be completed.  Modules 01 – 08 available now, Modules 09 & 10 available March.  The course will include a knowledge resource hub with course materials and relevant legislation. All course resources including the online lectures and case studies will be hosted on an easily accessible learning management system. 
Topics and Issues to be Covered:
1.Introduction to the law of obligations - Part 1: Contract law overview
2.Introduction to the law of obligations - Part 2: Tort law overview
3.Typical construction project procurement / standard form contracts
•Considerations when procuring a construction project
•Introduction to core parties
•Common methods of construction project procurement
•Why use a standard form contract
•Types of standard form contracts in use in Ireland
4.Overview of the RIAI Building Agreement
•Introduction to the RIAI Building Contract
•Key Provisions and typical amendments including:
ochange of law
orole of the contract administrator
ocertification process
ovariations and extensions of time
opractical completion and defects liability
oliquidation damages
•‘snagging’ and patent defects vs latent defects
•separate liability periods under contract and tort
•defects in design vs defects in workmanship and both
•What to consider when defects / issues arise.
6.Statutory Requirements: Duties and Obligations
•examination of statutory regimes which impact construction projects including:
•building regulations and health & safety requirements
•roles and responsibilities of various statutory appointees
•sectoral employment orders
7.Development Finance & Project Security
•introduction to development finance - is a project bankable?
•management of time and cost
•contractor solvency
•collateral warranties/duty of care agreements
•insurances, bonds, guarantees
•the role of the project monitor
8.Dispute Resolution: Mediation/ Conciliation & Arbitration
9.Dispute Resolution: The Construction Contracts Act 2013 and Adjudication
10.Expert evidence & procedure
If you have any questions, or concerns about attending an online event, please do not hesitate to get in touch. A member of the LSPT team will be glad to help. 
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Healthcare law, regulation and Covid-19 addressed in the Diploma in Healthcare Law
The Diploma in Healthcare Law will provide practitioners with a comprehensive overview of the law governing healthcare in this jurisdiction, as well as analysis of the relevant practice and procedure in Ireland at present, including during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Under the expert guidance of leading legal practitioners, the course will commence with an introduction to medico-legal claims handling. Constitutional and civil rights will be examined and course participants will also explore healthcare regulation, record management, and preparation for trial. The learning experience will be enhanced by practical input from the expert practitioners by way of workshops and case-study sessions. During a moot court exercise, participants will have a unique opportunity to run contested applications before a court chaired by a practising High Court judge.
The course is ideal for practitioners and trainees, benefitting those in a position to advise current or future clients on healthcare-related legal issues. It will also appeal to those in healthcare departments in private practice or those working in-house in regulatory bodies or other agencies. All attendees, irrespective of prior experience, will obtain a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of healthcare law and the related practice and procedure in this jurisdiction.
This diploma course commenced on 25 February. However, it is possible to apply now and to catch up on previous lectures online.
For further information, see or contact Riona Leahy, Solicitor, Course Leader by email: