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Applications still being accepted for the Diploma in Finance Law

The Diploma Centre is accepting late applications for its Diploma in Finance Law which provides a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the regulation of financial and capital markets.  


Beginning on 12 October 2021, this course examines the provision of financial services from a national and international perspective. This dynamic area is constantly subject to regulatory and statutory changes at both a European and national level. Ireland is recognised as a global financial services and technology hub, and the course examines the use of FinTech and RegTech in the industry. The course also focuses on specific technical and legal aspects, including a review of the underlying principles and characteristics of banking and financial markets, perspectives on corporate finance, and the regulatory issues that relate to domestic and international capital markets. 


Autumn 2021 module structure:


Module 1: Financial services market

Module 2: Industry sectors

Module 3: Banking sectors

Module 4: Loan financing                   

Module 5: Capital markets and corporate governance


Workshops are a key feature of this course with an emphasis on the application of finance law to common scenarios encountered in practice.


For further information visit or contact Deirdre Flynn, Course Leader, by emailing

Wellbeing: why it matters and how it makes good business sense
Louise O’Neill the award winning author and columnist will speak at the complimentary online Business of Wellbeing Summit on Tuesday 12 October. 
Louise O’Neill’s award winning novels (‘Asking for It, ‘After the Silence’) ’explore harrowing subjects such as abuse, domestic violence and coercive control. The subject matter of her research and writing plus Louise’s own life experiences opens up a conversation with Psychotherapist Paul Hughes to discuss issues including secondary trauma. 
The Business of Wellbeing Summit explores how investing and developing a wellbeing culture in your business leads to:
●Better employee engagement, retention & recruitment
●Enhanced client experience 
●Reduced costs
●Higher performance and productivity
●Decreased sickness and absenteeism
●Happy and healthy employees linking directly to your business's success
The speakers and panellists include:
James Cahill, President, Law Society of Ireland
Sara Carnegie, Director of Legal Projects, International Bar Association 
Katie da Gama, Lawyer, Executive and Leadership Coach
Valerie Daunt, Human Capital Lead in Deloitte Consulting
Olwen Dawe, Political Analyst and Consultant
Kate Fergusson, Head of Responsible Business, Pinsent Masons, Solicitors & Diversity and Inclusion Expert 
Nicke Harrison, Inclusion & Wellbeing Lead, PInsent Masons Solicitors
Paul Hughes, Psychodynamic Psychotherapist 
Richard Martin, Director Mental Health and Wellbeing, Byrne Dean Solicitors
Louise O’Neill, Author and Columnist
Carol Plunkett, Co-Chair, Law Society Finuas Skillnet Steering Committee
Michael Quinlan, Member of Law Society Wellbeing Steering Group
David Williams, Partner at LK Shields Solicitors
The Business of Wellbeing Summit is a complimentary online Law Society Finuas Skillnet event designed in partnership with the Professional Wellbeing Project Team.
The Law Society Professional Training team provides technical support before and during all our online events. Call us at 01 881 5727 or email and one of the team will help.
Click here to read the brochure or click Wellbeing Summit to book your place.


Apply to join the Diploma in Environmental and Planning Law

The Diploma Centre is inviting late application for its Diploma in Environmental and Planning Law, which started on 5 October. Topics include planning applications, ecocide, the circular economy and environmental enforcement.


This course aims to provide a comprehensive practical overview of the current legislative framework in the environmental and planning realms. The overall objective is to assist practitioners in determining what planning and environmental legislation applies and what the exposure is for clients arising from this. 


On completion of this programme, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the overall structure of environmental and planning law in Ireland and the role of the organisations entrusted with overseeing the implementation of same,
  • Describe specific areas of environmental law such as waste management law, climate change, and air and noise pollution,
  • Explain the planning application procedure, the determination of a planning application and the appeals process, and the impact that environmental law has on planning,
  • Illustrate the legislative framework and regulation of planning law in Ireland,
  • Analyse litigation in the area in light of recent judicial decisions. 


Applications are encouraged from solicitors working in the areas of conveyancing and planning and environmental law, trainee solicitors and students seeking to expand their knowledge in the area of study. It will also appeal to barristers who practice in the area of environmental law, civil servants and those working within a local authority in environmental and planning departments, and other suitably qualified professionals.

For further information visit or contact the Diploma Centre team by emailing


Litigating in 2021 – The Annual Litigation Seminar – 4 November

Topics at the annual litigation seminar include the new PI Guidelines for practitioners, update on remote hearings, S150 letters and costs – litigation matters, keeping your practice thriving and healthy in a pandemic and data protection for litigators.

This annual conference is designed in collaboration with members of the Law Society’s Litigation Committee. The aim of the seminar is to provide litigation practitioners with an overview of recent and on-going developments in litigation practice from a practical perspective. 

Speakers include Joe O’Malley, Partner, Hayes Solicitors, Dublin; Stuart Gilhooly S.C., Partner, HJ Ward & Co. Solicitors, Dublin; Aine Hynes S.C., St John Solicitors; Keith Walsh S.C., Principal, Keith Walsh Solicitors; Dr Anna Waters; Stephen Fitzpatrick, Cost Accountant, Managing Partner of Peter Fitzpatrick Legal Cost Accountants and Rowena McCormack, Partner, DAC Beachcroft.


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.


Make a Booking

To book your place, click Annual Litigation Conference 2021


For assistance, contact us on:


Tel:      01 881 5727.



Register to join the Diploma in Commercial Property this November

Applications for the Diploma Centre’s popular Diploma in Commercial Property are being accepted until Tuesday 19 October.


Commencing on the 2 November, this course aims to expose practitioners to the key areas of practice that arise when advising clients in all areas of commercial property transactions. Lecturers will draw on their own experiences of practising in this area with reference to legislative updates, practice directions and practical case studies, to provide participants with the necessary knowledge to advance in this area. The practical emphasis of the course is reinforced by three workshops, which will provide an opportunity to engage with topics through problem based scenarios in a small group setting.

Autumn 2021 module structure:

Module 1: Introduction and basic principles

Module 2: Commercial leases

Module 3: Development and planning

Module 4: Property financing and investment

Module 5: Taxation

Module 6: Dealing with distressed sales


This course is open to lawyers only and is aimed at solicitors with a level of experience in this area.  It will also provide a useful refresher course for those who may have recently returned to property practice and for those looking to update their knowledge in this area. The course is also open to trainee solicitors who have successfully completed
their PPC I.


For further information visit or contact Deirdre Flynn, Course Leader, by emailing



CPD Clusters are back, in person, at a venue near you

The Law Society Finuas Skillnet team is delighted to announce that the CPD Clusters are back from November. They will be in person events, in venues around the country.

Topics, speakers and timings vary from venue to venue and offer a mix of general, regulatory matters and management and professional development CPD hours. More information will follow shortly

The dates and venues are:

4 November –  Connaught Solicitors’ Symposium 2021 in partnership with Mayo Solicitors’ Bar Association Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar, Co Mayo

11 November - General Practice Update Kilkenny 2021 in partnership with Carlow Bar Association, Kilkenny Bar Association, Waterford Law Society and Wexford Bar Association Hotel Kilkenny, Kilkenny, Co Kilkenny

18 November – Practitioner Update Cork 2021 in partnership with the Southern Law Association Kingsley Hotel, Cork, Co Cork

25 November – North East CPD Day 2021 in partnership with Monaghan Bar Association, Cavan Bar Association, Louth Bar Association and Drogheda Bar Association. Four Seasons Hotel, Monaghan, Co Monaghan

1 December – Practice and Regulation Symposium in partnership with Dublin Solicitors’ Bar Association Mansion House Dublin

These are live in-person events and will not be available online. If government guidelines change, events may be moved online.

Make a booking

For more information about the 2021 clusters, please click Clusters, or contact a member of the Finuas Skillnet Team. There will be regular updates to the website.


Tel: 01 881 5727


Develop your property law and conveyancing skills this autumn

The Diploma Centre’s Certificate in Property Law and Conveyancing for Legal Executives returns on 9 October 2021.

This certificate is an innovative programme that gives legal executives an opportunity
to develop their practical skills and conveyancing knowledge. The course provides participants with a grounding in the property law principles that underpin conveyancing practice. Additionally, the course gives a comprehensive review of the legal documentation that is produced during a conveyancing transaction to include contract for sale, requisitions on title and family law declarations. Students will gain an understanding of all the steps in a conveyancing transaction, from initial instructions and investigation of title through to completion and registration in the Property Registration Authority. 

Autumn 2021 module structure:

Module 1: Introduction to property law
Module 2: Conveyancing transaction overview
Module 3: The contract stage
Module 4: Discrete areas of conveyancing practice
Module 5: Closing and post-completion

This course is suitable for legal executives with a minimum of two years’ experience working in property practice. 

For further information visit or contact Cian Monahan, Course Leader, by emailing


Employment Law Update 2021 – 11 November

This year’s Employment Law Committee Conference to be held on 11 November will include a case law and legislation update together with a panel discussion dealing with issues of concern in practice.

The Panel will discuss employment law obligations vis a vis a more permanent working from home status, managing the new type of WRC and Labour Court hearings together with the updated rules and an update on Covid-19 employment law Issues including how the PUP payments are being treated in relation to unfair dismissal and payment of wages awards.

Speakers and panellist include: Barry Walsh, Partner, Fieldfisher, Dublin; Des Ryan BL; Siobhra Rush, Partner, Lewis Silkin; Catherine O’Flynn, Partner, William Fry, Dublin; Ronnie Neville, Partner, Mason Hayes Curran.

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.


Make a Booking

To book your place click Employment Law Update 2021


For assistance, contact us on:


Tel:      01 881 5727.

Popular Diploma in Technology and IP Law starts this month

Applications are still being accepted for the Diploma in Technology and IP Law,which will provide participants with a detailed understanding of the current framework of laws relating to technology and IP in Ireland.


Commencing on 13 October, the course offers an insight into the world of cyber-crime and suggests possible corporate risk management strategies that companies can implement.  Separately, there will be analysis of applicable torts such as defamation and the rights and duties attaching to social media, blogging and internet usage. Finally, the law relating to key technology such as the Cloud, biomedical technology, biometrics, wearable technology, driverless vehicles, Fintech and blockchain will be examined.  

Autumn 2021 module structure:
Module 1: Intellectual property
Module 2: Data protection
Module 3: Technology contracts
Module 4: Social media
Module 5: The law and technology

This course is suitable for solicitors, barristers, and trainees who wish to augment their knowledge in the area of IP and technology law to better advise their clients. It will also appeal to industry professionals with an interest in IT, intellectual property, data protection, cybersecurity, social media, research and development, technology transfer, and innovation.

For further information visit or contact Riona Leahy, Course Leader, by emailing

Conveyancers – join your colleagues at the Annual Property Law webinar on 21 October

The aim of this conference designed in collaboration with members of the Conveyancing Committee of the Law Society is to provide practitioners with an overview of recent and on-going developments in conveyancing practice. Topics include: review of Practice Notes, update on Conveyancing Practice Reform Task Force, easements update and NPPR and LPT updates.


Speakers include: Deirdre Fox, Principal, Deirdre Fox & Associates Solicitors, Co Wicklow; Michael Walsh, Partner, ByrneWallace, Dublin; Patrick Sweetman, Partner, Matheson, Dublin and Joe Thomas, Partner, O’Reilly Thomas, Drogheda.


Make a Booking

To book your place click


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Tel:      01 881 5727.

The In-House and Public Sector Annual Conference 2021 – hybrid working and Ireland as a choice of law

This annual conference on the morning of 14 October is presented by the In-house and Public Sector Committee in collaboration with Law Society Finuas Skillnet and is aimed at solicitors employed in-house in the private and public sectors.

This year’s webinar will focus on hybrid working, the new normal and Ireland as a choice of law / Ireland for Law. Speaker’s presentations will be followed by interactive panel discussion with expert panelists from both private and public sector from both small and large in-house departments.

Speakers include Rowena Hennigan, RoRemote, Consultant, Emma Redmond, Privacy and Data Protection Counsel, Stripe; Liam Kennedy S.C., Former Chair Litigation Committee, CEDR Accredited Mediator, Partner A&L Goodbody and Gavin Woods, Partner, Arthur Cox. Other speakers TBC


Make a Booking

To book your place click


Need assistance contact us on:


Tel:      01 881 5727.



Current and Emerging Trends in Financial Services Regulation – online on-demand 1 hour

AML, GDPR, ESG, consumer protection and culture: a concise update of emerging trends from expert financial services solicitors and professionals.  This is essential for all IFS professionals and in-house IFS Counsel looking to update their knowledge.


This online on-demand course was recorded in June 2021.




  • Anti-Money Laundering
    • The challenges of compliance
    • GDPR issues
  • ESG
    • What is ESG?
    • Sustainability is not just protecting the planet
    • EU Sustainable Finance regulatory initiatives
    • ESG and the financial system and actors
    • Compliance, governance and legal risk
  • Consumer protection
    • Consumer Protection as a Central Bank Priority – Consumer Protection Outlook 2021 Overview
    • Consumer Protection during the Covid – 19 pandemic (to cover payment breaks)
    • Consumer Protection and expectations post-Covid – in general and as regards consumers impacted by Covid.
  • Culture
    • Driving the right behaviours: Rules or Principles?
    • Planning for SEAR
    • Documenting culture at Board
    • The future of the diversity mandate


Speakers and panellists


Alison Bradshaw, Head of AIB Products, Legal Services

Ruth McCarthy, CEO Fexco Corporate Payments and Non-Executive Director of Goodbody Stockbrokers

Sinead Ovenden, Partner PwC Ireland

Ann Shiels, Associate A&L Goodbody Solicitors, Dublin

Feidhlimidh Wrafter, Assistant General Counsel Western Union


To book your place or find out more click on Financial Services Regulation

For assistance, contact us on:


Tel:      01 881 5727.

Blindboy and Dr Sharon Lambert deliver trauma awareness training for solicitors

Dr Sharon Lambert talks to Blindboy about vicarious trauma, secondary trauma, stress, burnout and what you can do about it. This is essential trauma awareness training for all solicitors.


This course incorporates the discussion first seen at the Business of Wellbeing Summit in 2020. Due to demand this training course is no available for free, online and on demand.


This Law Society Finuas Skillnet CPD course is part of the Unlocking Wellness Together Series which has been designed by solicitors for solicitors with expert guidance from professional wellbeing, psychological and educational experts. Its aim is to provide wellbeing awareness training to support you to unlock your own wellbeing and to support colleagues to do so too. Click here to access this free course 


The Unlocking Wellness Together series supports the Law Society Professional Wellbeing project. Click here to access additional wellbeing supports 


For assistance, contact us on:


Tel:01 881 5727.