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Now taking Bookings for Spring Finuas Skillnet Clusters

The 2019 Law Society Finuas Skillnet Cluster Programme kicks off in May with a trip to Carrick-on-Shannon.  

This two-day programme will give practitioners updates in Conveyancing, Landlord and Tenant, Probate, Criminal Law, Cyber Security, LLPs, Bill of Costs and Cessation of Practice and participants can claim up to 10 hours of CPD. We continue our roadshow in May and June with stops in Laois, Donegal and Clare. These CPD clusters run in collaboration with the regional bar associations and will provide essential practice updates on key areas relevant to general practitioners as well as providing delegates with an excellent networking opportunity.

Topics and speakers vary from venue to venue and offer a mix of general, regulatory matters and management & professional development skills CPD hours.  

Make a booking

Choose from the list below and click for more details and to make a booking. May

June

Save the Date

September

  • 5 September - Essential General Practice Update - Ballygarry House, Tralee, Co Kerry 
  • October
  • 11 October - North East CPD Day - Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan

November

  • 7 & 8 November - Connaught Solicitors’ Symposium Part I & II - Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar, Co Mayo
  • 15 November - Practitioner Update - Kingsley Hotel, Cork
  • 22 November - General Practice Update - Hotel Kilkenny, Kilkenny

December

  • 6 December - Law Society Finuas Skillnet - Practice and Regulation Symposium - Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin.

For the full list of CPD seminars, masterclasses, and online programmes please contact a member of the Law Society Professional Training team or visit the CPD courses page

Contact us
Email: FinuasSkillnet@lawsociety.ie
Tel: 01 881 5727

* Applicable to Law Society Finuas Skillnet members

Diploma in Law Open Evening

The Diploma Centre will showcase the facilities the Law Society of Ireland has to offer at an Open Evening for this year’s Diploma in Law on Thursday 7 May from 5:30pm to 7pm.

Our Diploma in Law, which begins on Friday 6 September 2019, has been developed to provide students with an opportunity to study the law in an engaging and flexible learning environment. The course is designed for those who require an introduction to the discipline of law and uniquely integrates the academic theory with the practice of law across eight core modules. 

The Open Evening provides an opportunity for would-be students to come and view our state-of-the-art campus, meet the Diploma Centre team and experience what our Diploma in Law has to offer. There will be tours of the lecture theatres and library along with a seminar highlighting the graduate experience, lecturer insight and course overview.

Register

To register attendance at the Open Evening, go to https://diplomainlawopenevening.eventbrite.ie

Further information

Visit the Law Society website or contact the Course Leader John Lunney

LIMITED AVAILABILITY: In-House and Public Sector Panel Discussion

Enhancing and Demonstrating Value – Sourcing and Managing Legal Services is the topic for this year’s panel discussion taking place in the Law Society on 16 May. 

This discussion will address the challenges for in-house solicitors in trying to recognise, achieve and demonstrate value for money in legal services. The panel will also address the question from the perspective of the private practice lawyer running a legal services business.  The discussion will be facilitated by a select panel of both public and private sector in-house solicitors, who will share personal observations and insights based on their career experiences. 

The panel will be joined by a number of experts who will provide insights from a technology, regulatory and marketing perspective. Smaller break-out discussion groups will follow, which will provide an ideal opportunity to learn and explore further the issues raised by the panel with your in-house colleagues.  

Patrick Dorgan, President of the Law Society, will welcome delegates. 

Date: 16 May 2019

Venue: Presidents’ Hall, Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7 

Fee: €65

CPD Hours: 3 Management & Professional Development Skills (by Group Study)

Chairperson and Panellists include:
  • Mark Cockerill, Service Now Ireland, Chairperson of the In-house and Public Sector Committee
  • Helen Dooley, Group General Counsel, AIB
  • Pat Ambrose, Association of Corporate Counsel DLL Ireland DAC
  • David Rowe, Director/Founder, Outsource
  • Brendan Cooke, Cyril O’Neill, Legal Costs Accountants 

Make a booking

For the full list of CPD seminars, masterclasses and online programmes please contact a member of the Law Society  Professional Training team or visit the  CPD courses page

Moving forward in your career? The Irish aviation sector is flying high!

Ireland is truly a global hub for the aviation industry. The Irish Aviation Authority describes Ireland as “A nation of aviators” with the sector contributing more than €4 billion to the Irish economy. Education plays a vital role in ensuring there is a skilled workforce to ensure the continued growth and success of the industry. Move forward in your career with our Certificate in Aviation Leasing & Finance.

The popular Certificate in Aviation Leasing & Finance will commence on 26 September 2019. This course will benefit those who wish to broaden their knowledge and understanding of the legal issues relating to the aviation leasing and finance industry. It provides an overview of the key legal, finance and technical issues, as well as an understanding of the regulation, tax and insurance aspects relevant to aircraft leasing and finance.

The teaching faculty comprises an impressive array of industry leader’s experts. It is not necessary to have prior experience or in depth knowledge of the aviation industry in order to apply for this certificate.  This certificate also functions as a preparatory course for those intending to take the Diploma in Aviation Finance and Leasing but who do not meet the entry requirements.

For further information visit www.lawsociety.ie/diplomacentre or contact the Course Leader Claire O’Mahony by emailing: c.omahony@lawsociety.ie.

LAST CHANCE TO BOOK - Planning & Environmental Law Masterclass 12/13 April

This masterclass is aimed at all practitioners acting in both residential and commercial transactions. The format includes a workshop element in each module to gain a practical and applied understanding of this area of the conveyancing process.

The topics covered reflect the planning and environmental issues arising for conveyancers, in addition to an overview of the planning application and appeal process. The presenters and workshop facilitators are experts in this field.   

Date: 12 & 13 April 2019

Venue: Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8

Fee: €425

Discounted Fee: €350* (Finuas Skillnet Members)

CPD Hours: 8 General Plus 2 Management & Professional Development Skills (by Group study) 

Topics and Issues to be covered

  • The planning application (legal and procedural rules), appeals and representation
  • Planning warranty – General Condition 36
  • Pre-contract enquiries, Requisitions and searches
  • Planning compliance issues  
  • Opinions of compliance
  • Planning bonds & Financial contributions/taking in charge issues
  • Section160 injunctions
  • Section 5 referrals and issues relating to exempted developments
  • Section 47 agreements
  • Contamination Land Issues
  • CPOs
  • Due diligence and environmental warranties
  • Building energy performance
  • Obligations pursuant to Strategic Infrastructure legislation
  • EIA
  • Habitats Directive
  • Arrangements with Irish Water re connections and planning compliance

Speakers include:

  • Finola McCarthy, Ronan Daly Jermyn
  • Laura Rafferty, Arthur Cox
  • Alan Roberts, A & L Goodbody
  • Prof. Yvonne Scannell, Arthur Cox
  • Brendan Slattery, McCann FitzGerald
  • Patrick Sweetman, Matheson

Book now

To book by post download the Booking Form
For full programme details download the Brochure

For the full list of CPD seminars, masterclasses, and online programmes please contact a member of the Law Society Professional Training team or visit the CPD courses page

Need assistance? Finuasskillnet@lawsociety.ie

Tel: 01 881 5727

Farm-to-Fork! Popular Certificate in Agribusiness and Food Law returns this autumn

Gain a comprehensive and up-to-date guide of the practical issues that arise when advising clients from the agribusiness and food sector with our Certificate in Agribusiness and Food Law.

The agri-food sector is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry, employing 8.4% of the working population. The value and volume of the agri-food sector exports has shown year-on-year increase and, as at 2016, accounted for €12.2 billion.

Providing legal services to this fast moving and dynamic sector requires not only a comprehensive understanding of the law but also of the business environment that applies.

The Certificate in Agribusiness and Food Law begins on the 19 October 2019. It provides participants with the legal knowledge required to advise agri-food clients, together with a practical understanding of the business environments in which such clients operate. It also provides an insight into the legislative and regulatory structures that apply to the sector, together with an analysis of recent case law.

The syllabus gives comprehensive coverage of the ‘farm-to-fork’-related legal issues that apply in this vibrant part of our economy. The rules and regulations that apply to more specialised and growing areas of farming, such as organic food and farming, will be also be explored.

For further information visit www.lawsociety.ie/diplomacentre or contact the Course Leader Deirdre Flynn by emailing d.flynn@lawsociety.ie

The Older Client: The Role of the Solicitor in Resolving Disputes

The seminar is designed in partnership with Solicitors for the Elderly Ireland. The focus of this seminar will be on the role of solicitors in resolving disputes involving the older client.

A panel of expert speakers including Senior Counsel Teresa Blake and Dr Amanda Phelan from the National Centre for the Protection of Older People, UCD will be available to deal with questions.

Date: 8 May 2019

Venue: Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7

Fee: €186

Discounted Fee: €160* (Finuas Skillnet Members)

CPD Hours: 3 General (by Group Study) 

Topics and Issues to be covered

  • Rights of grandparents to access and guardianship: an update
  • Funeral arrangements and feuding families: who has the legal right to decide?
  • Safeguarding older clients: financial abuse
  • Section 117 Succession Act 1965: lessons for legal practitioners from K v K

Chairperson and Speakers include:

  • Padraic Courtney, Chairperson of the Solicitors for the Elderly, Law Society of Ireland
  • Speakers Teresa Blake, SC
  • Dr Heather Conway, School of Law, Queen’s University
  • Dr Amanda Phelan, National Centre for the Protection of Older People, UCD
  • Other speakers TBC

Make a booking

For the full list of CPD seminars, masterclasses, and online programmes please contact a member of the Law Society Professional Training team or visit the  CPD courses page

Understand the complex legal topics that arise when advising on education law matters

The Diploma Centre is delighted to once again offer our Diploma in Education Law which begins on 1 November 2019. This advanced level diploma is designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the complex legal topics that arise when working in the educational environment or advising on education law matters.

The practice of education law encompasses a diverse range of potential practice areas, including employment law, equality law, conflict resolution, corporate governance, child protection and litigation. Added to this complexity of potential legal issues is the fact that, in order to provide effective and informed solutions, those advising in education law disputes also need to understand the governance and decision-making structures that apply within the particular school. 

This course begins with a general introduction to the often fascinating development of education law in Ireland, considering key constitutional and legislative provisions, before reflecting in more detail on the specific day-to-day issues that arise when advising on education law matters or, indeed, when acting as a decision-maker within a school. 

The teaching faculty comprises an impressive array of legal practitioners, all of whom have extensive education law experience. The course is designed to be as accessible as possible, with key on-site sessions taking place during standard school holidays and all lectures webcast ‘live’ from the Law Society of Ireland, minimising the requirement for onsite attendance and meaning that those interested in the course can attend almost regardless of location.

For further information visit www.lawsociety.ie/diplomacentre or contact the Course Leader Deirdre Flynn by emailing: d.flynn@lawsociety.ie.

SAVE THE DATE – 24 May – Enduring Power of Attorney Masterclass

Join us on 24 May at the Law Society for this masterclass and claim 3.5 hours of CPD.

The course will provide participants with the opportunity to have a fuller understanding of the effect of executing and registering an EPA, the procedural requirements and how to avoid the common pitfalls. Participants will also learn about family disputes, objections to registration and the applications to court that may ensue.

It will take place at the Law Society of Ireland and the fee is €255/€210*

Contact us to register your interest

For the full list of CPD seminars, masterclasses, and online programmes please contact the Professional Training team or visit the CPD courses page.

*Applicable to Law Society Finuas Skillnet members

Interested in achieving a Legal Masters Degree?

The Law Society of Ireland’s Diploma Centre is pleased to announce its well-received LLM Advanced Legal Practice is now taking applications for the September offering.

The LLM Advanced Legal Practice is offered in association with the Northumbria Law School and is specifically designed for those who are qualified solicitors.  Uniquely the LLM provides you with the opportunity of using your solicitor qualification as a building block to achieve recognised academic qualifications.  In summary, the award requires 180 credits and your solicitor qualification already provides 120 points towards this.  A research based dissertation then makes up the remaining 60 points required.  

The LLM Advanced Legal Practice commences on 28 September 2019 and the fee is €3,400.

This LLM ALP programme will focus on legal research and coherent presentation of legal research in a written form. You will begin by attending a course induction day onsite in the Law Society of Ireland, during which the Legal Research and Study Skills unit of the programme will be introduced.  This unit is not assessed but is designed to update your writing and research skills. For the remainder of the both programmes students then complete a dissertation of between 15,000-17,000 words.

Places are limited.

For further information please contact the Programme Leader, Rory O’Boyle -  tel: +353 (0)1 8815774 or email: r.oboyle@lawsociety.ie.

Learn how to create, publish and send email newsletters to your clients

Our online course will teach you how to create, publish or brief a third party on publishing an email newsletter for your law firm.

You don't have to be a mechanic to drive a car, likewise you don't have to be a marketing guru to create your law firm’s email newsletter. Our online course will teach you how to create, publish or brief a third party on publishing an email newsletter for your law firm.

In our online course we get under the bonnet and explore the anatomy of an email newsletter. What do you want to say? How do you say it? Content is king and we cover all the key elements of how you can make your newsletter engaging for readers and whet their appetite for more.

This course covers:

  • Email basics
  • Who is your target audience?
  • How to build your permission based email database.
  • Data protection
  • Privacy
  • Email best practice
  • Segmenting your database

View our taster video

CPD Hours: 5 Management & Professional Development Skills (by eLearning)

Book now

For the full list of CPD seminars, masterclasses, and online programmes please contact a member of the Law Society Professional Training team or visit the  CPD courses page.

SAVE THE DATE – 21/22 June - Personal Injuries Litigation Masterclass

Join us on 21 and 22 June at the Law Society for this intensive masterclass and claim 10 hours of CPD including one hour of Regulatory Matters.

The course comprises lectures and small group modules with experienced practitioners dealing with the key elements of and recent developments in general personal injuries claims.  The plaintiff’s and the defendant’s perspective will be addressed.  The topics will include; the Statute of Limitations; the Personal Injuries Assessment Board; PI practice and procedure under the Civil Liability and Courts Act 2004 and the Rules of Court; Damages (recent trends and issues); Section 26 applications; recent case law; the Recoverable Benefit Scheme; claims involving an injured child; actuarial evidence; good practice and ethical issues; and costs.

It will take place at the Law Society of Ireland and the fee is €425/€350* Contact us to register your interest

Email: FinuasSkillnet@lawsociety.ie

Tel:01 881 5727

For the full list of CPD seminars, masterclasses, and online programmes, please contact Professional Training team or visit the CPD courses page.

Take centre stage with our free arts, entertainment and media law course

‘Arts, Entertainment and Media Law – issues that take centre stage’ is the theme for the Diploma Centre’s 2019 Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) starting on Tuesday 7 May.

MOOCs are free online courses open to all and are part of the Law Society of Ireland’s Public Legal Education initiatives.To-date, the Diploma Centre’s MOOCs have attracted over 10,000 to register from over 60 countries, since the project was first launched in 2014. These courses feature online recorded and streamed presentations, together with interactive discussion forums and quizzes that allow participants to engage directly with our expert presenters.

This year’s MOOC will provide participants with a comprehensive guide to legal and business issues affecting those working in the arts, drama, entertainment, media and publishing industries.

It will examine many hot topics including:

  • The current position of arts, media and entertainment industries in Ireland.State funding, tax treatment and other incentives.
  • Financing and funding contracts.Location of contract/performers’ rights.
  • Contractual negotiations and litigation.
  • Protecting copyright in age of P2P and streaming.
  • Fake news or no news: the blurring lines between fact and fiction.
  • Writers block and navigating the publishing hurdles.
  • Breaking records – challenges facing the music industry and Irish musicians.
  • Using technology and social media as a tool for good – separating fact from fiction.
  • Animation stations – the global stage for Irish animation.

The course runs over a 5-week period starting on the 7 May.

Book online

To sign up visit: https://mooc2019.lawsociety.ie/.