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Do You Practice Business or Commercial Law?
Save a date for your diary - Thursday, 30 September. Law Society Business Law Committee and Professional Training are hosting a Business Law Update webinar with live Q&A session.
Topics include:
➢Competition Law & Enforcement – Key Cases 2020/21
➢Consumer Law Update – the General Scheme of a Consumer Rights Bill 2021
➢Company Law Update - Companies (Miscellaneous Provisions)(Covid-19) Act 2020
➢Companies (Corporate Enforcement Authority) Bill
➢AML Requirements for Trust and Company Service Providers (TCSPs)
Speakers have been drawn from a broad spectrum of business and commercial practitioners. They include:
Philip Andrews, Partner, McCann Fitzgerald
Niamh Counihan, Partner, Matheson
John Cuddigan, Partner, Ronan Daly Jermyn
Justin McKenna, Partner, Mason Hayes Curran
Eugenée Mulhern, Senior Adviser, A&L Goodbody
Sean Nolan, Partner, Clark Hill Solicitors LLP
Deirdre Kilroy, Partner, Matheson
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 on Business Law to read the brochure and to book your place.
Popular Diploma in Family Law starts in 3 weeks
Applications are still being accepted for the Diploma in Family Law which commences on 28 September 2021. 
This course is designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of family law in this jurisdiction and will examine recent cutting-edge developments in core areas of family law and practice. The objective of this diploma is to provide practitioners with an essential overview of the many recent developments in family law and the implications for day-to-day client advice, practice, and procedure. 
Autumn 2021 module structure:
Module 1: Course introduction and advising clients  
Module 2: Prenuptial agreements, nullity and separation agreements
Module 3: Judicial separation, divorce and recognition of foreign divorce decrees 
Module 4: Maintenance, ancillary orders, pensions on separation and divorce 
Module 5: Domestic violence and child law
Workshops are a key feature of this diploma. These are designed to be interactive and involve working in groups on selected case-study problems and analysis, with an emphasis on the application of the law to common scenarios encountered in practice. 
This course is suitable for solicitors, trainee solicitors, paralegals, and other suitable professionals who wish to expand their knowledge of the family law arena with a view to moving into the area, as well as social workers, mediators, or relevant professionals who work in this area and who wish to gain a more comprehensive knowledge.
For further information, visit  or contact Riona Leahy, Course Leader, by emailing:
Wellbeing: Why It Matters and How It Makes Good Business Sense
Join us for the complimentary online Business of Wellbeing Summit on Tuesday 12 October and find out how investment in wellbeing leads to a positive workplace, employee retention and business growth.
The Business of Wellbeing Summit explores how investing and developing a wellbeing culture in you 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 panelists include:
Sara Carnegie, Director of Legal Projects, International Bar Association 
David Williams, Partner at LK Shields Solicitors
Nicke Harrison, Inclusion & Wellbeing Lead, PInsent Masons Solicitors
Kate Fergusson, Head of Responsible Business, Pinsent Masons, Solicitors & Diversity and Inclusion Expert 
Richard Martin, Director Mental Health and Wellbeing, Byrne Dean Solicitors
Katie da Gama, Lawyer, Executive and Leadership Coach
Olwen Dawe, Political Analyst and Consultant
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 Business of Wellbeing to read the brochure and to book your place.
Get up to date on data protection with this popular certificate
The Diploma Centre’s Certificate in Data Protection Practice returns on 6 October 2021 and applications are being accepted until 22 September. Focusing on GDPR and how to apply it in practice, this popular 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 evaluate 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,
•The ability to analyse sanctions for non-compliance and the powers of the Data Protection Commission,
•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. 
Course materials, including webcasts of lectures, will be released each week online. In addition, online participation will be required. There will be three interactive online workshops to enable participants to connect with expert contributors and to consolidate their knowledge.
For further information, see or contact Riona Leahy, Course Leader by email:
Back to the Future: The Work of a Solicitor in The Year 2050
Join this seminar on 7 October for a lively discussion focusing on what the future holds for the working lives of solicitors through the next 30 years.
Aimed at lawyers at all stages of their careers, this event is designed by the Younger Members Committee for all Law Society members. 
Topics and issues to be covered include:
•The Courts
•Client Care
•Diversity and Inclusion
•Health and Wellbeing. 
Speakers include Chief Justice Frank Clarke, Catherine Guy, CEO, Sixt Leasing Ireland; Tiernan Brady, Global Director of Inclusion, Clifford Chance and Daniel Davey, Consultant Performance Nutritionist.
Visit the Law Society website for more details and to book Back to the Future.
Alternatively, to register your place by post - download a booking form.
Need assistance contact us on:
Tel:01 881 5727.


Build your knowledge of construction law this autumn with a diploma course
The Diploma Centre team is delighted to accept applications for the Diploma in Construction Law, which will provide participants with a comprehensive overview of the specialised discipline of construction law and practice in Ireland. 
Beginning on 9 October 2021, the Diploma will take a practical approach to the complex issues that arise from the multiparty nature of the construction process. Participants will be introduced to the standard forms of construction contracts with particular focus on the public works and RIAI Contracts. There will be specialised introductory streams for lawyers and non-lawyers and specific modules on the tendering process and construction dispute resolution. 
Autumn 2021 module structure: 
Module 1: An introduction to construction law
Module 2: Construction procurement – the tendering process
Module 3: Construction contracts
Module 4: Construction dispute resolution
Practical training through the use of case studies and workshops will be enhanced by looking at the overall regulation of construction and the role of regulatory authorities, case law, and recent and future developments.
This course would be of interest to solicitors currently working in the area or those who would be interested in practising in this area, dispute resolution solicitors and barristers looking to broaden their understanding, and construction professionals, including engineers, claims surveyors, and expert witnesses.
For further information visit: or contact the Diploma Team by emailing or calling 01 672 4802.
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
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
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Tel:01 881 5727.
Popular Diploma in Criminal Law returns in October 2021
Applications are still being accepted for the Diploma Centre’s long-running Diploma in Criminal Law and Practice, which commences on 8 October 2021. 
This course offers students in-depth exposure and practical insight into key practice areas of criminal law in Ireland, from both prosecution and defence perspectives. A core component of the course is the goal of developing the advocacy skills of those attending through interactive workshop sessions that mirror situations faced in the criminal justice process. The ethical and professional considerations of advising an arrested person in custody, dealing with vulnerable witnesses, and victims’ rights in a criminal trial process will be considered in detail. 
We discuss the role of the prosecution and certain State agencies in the criminal justice system, and other areas of practice will be reviewed, with a practical focus on evidential and procedural updates and coverage of emerging areas of practice such as white-collar crime and the increased impact of EU law on criminal practice. 
Autumn 2021 module structure:
Module 1: Arrest and detention
Module 2: Evidence and criminal law updates
Module 3: The District Court and advocacy skills
Module 4: Dealing with victims and vulnerable witnesses
Module 5: Judicial review
Module 6: The Role of An Garda Síochána in the Criminal Justice System (NEW) 
Module 7: Road traffic offences
Module 8: Sentencing Law and Practice
Module 9: Regulatory crime
For further information visit  or contact Suzanne Crilly, Course Leader, by emailing:


New Section 150 Costs Seminar and Workshops – 22 September – LIMITED PLACES
Relevant to all practitioners this seminar and workshop will provide practical expert guidance on how to use the new Law Society S.150 template pack.
This will be achieved through the delivery of expert lecture guidance and learning-by-doing workshops where delegates will have an opportunity to work with the templates in their particular field of practice.
Delegates will be asked to select ONE workshop choice that corresponds to their practice area of relevance. The workshop options are:
•Personal injuries litigation
•Commercial practice (non-litigation)
•Commercial practice (litigation)
•Family law litigation
•Property transactions practice scenarios.
Members of the Law Society Legal Costs Task Force will facilitate the workshop sessions. 

Speakers include: Paul Keane, Managing Partner and Head of Business Law Department at Reddy Charlton; Dublin, Keith Walsh SC, Principal, Keith Walsh Solicitors, Dublin and Liam Kennedy SC, Former Chair Litigation Committee, CEDR Accredited Mediator, Partner A&L Goodbody, Dublin.

Visit the Law Society website for more details and to book S150 Costs Seminar.
Alternatively, to register your place by post - download a booking form.
Need assistance contact us on:
Tel:01 881 5727.


Diploma in Insolvency Law and Corporate Restructuring open for applications
The Diploma Centre is inviting applications for the Diploma in Insolvency Law and Corporate Restructuring which starts on 6 October. Areas covered will include insolvency, liquidation, receivership and bankruptcy. 
This course aims to provide a comprehensive practical overview of the current legislative framework in Ireland with respect to insolvency and corporate restructuring, from an analysis of basic concepts of debt restructuring, to a consideration of more complex issues such as financing considerations that may arise during the corporate restructuring process. The course will also delve into the effects of insolvency on companies in Ireland.
On completion of this programme, participants will be able to:
•Demonstrate a clear understanding of insolvency and corporate restructuring,
•Describe specific insolvency procedures such as liquidation, examinership and receivership,
•Explain particular corporate restructuring methods such as security assessment, debt restructuring and equity capital raising,
•Advise directors and shareholders in relation to distressed companies,
•Illustrate the legislative framework for bankruptcy and personal insolvency in Ireland.
This course is suitable for solicitors and trainee solicitors who are seeking to expand their knowledge in the area, barristers who practice in the area of insolvency and debt recovery, and other suitably qualified professionals working in the area, who wish to expand their knowledge and practical application of corporate recovery.
For further information, visit or contact Cian Monahan, Course Leader, by emailing: 
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 and the Ireland for Law Group. Speakers' 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
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Tel:01 881 5727.
AML Case Study included in Kerry Cluster Online Webinar 9 September 2021
The Kerry Cluster webinar will include AML case studies to help solicitors in their day-to-day regulation compliance. It will also cover a general practice updates in key areas of practice. These include:
Probate Practice – Anne Stephenson, Principal, Stephenson and Burns Solicitors
Completion of the new Probate Office forms and fees
Completion of the Revenue SA2 form
Changes in practice
Anti-Money Laundering – an update of main issues 2021 – Emma-Jane Williams, AML Policy Manager, Law Society of Ireland and James MacGuill, Principal, MacGuill Solicitors and First Vice President, CCBE.
Conveyancing Practice – Joe Thomas, Partner, O’Reilly Thomas Solicitors
Personal Injury Litigation – Colette Reid, Course Manager and member of Litigation Committee, Law Society of Ireland
O’Malley Report Implications – Noeline Blackwell, Solicitor, CEO Dublin Rape Crisis Centre
Date: Thursday 9 September 2021                                   
Time: 2.00 pm to 6.15 pm 
Venue: Online webinar with live Q&A sessions
Fee €135 
CPD Hours: 2.5 General and 1.5 Regulatory (including 1 accounting and AML) 
Total 4 hours (by eLearning)
To make a booking please click Essential General Practice Update Kerry 2021 
There will be more cluster events in 2021.These will be onsite where colleagues can meet again (subject to Government Guidelines). Topics, speakers and timings vary from venue to venue and offer a mix of general, regulatory matters and management and professional development CPD hours. 
For more information about the 2021 clusters, please go to the CPD page of the Law Society website, or contact a member of the Finuas Skillnet Team. There will be regular updates to the website.
Email: Finuas
Tel: 01 881 5727


CPD Clusters are back in real life, in-person, in venues around the country
The Law Society Finuas Skillnet team is delighted to announce that the CPD Clusters are back from November. They will be in real life 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 - Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan
1 December – Practice and Regulation Symposium in partnership with Dublin Solicitors’ Bar Association - Mansion House Dublin
Make a booking
For more information about the 2021 clusters, please go to the CPD section of the Law Society website. There will be regular updates to the website. Alternatively, contact a member of the Finuas Skillnet Team.
Email: Finuas
Tel: 01 881 5727


Blind Boy and Dr Sharon Lambert deliver trauma awareness training for solicitors
Dr Sharon Lambert talks to Blind Boy 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 will be available online and on demand from 17 September. 
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.
Virtual Calcutta Run will take place this September 17 – 26
Virtual Calcutta Run is back next week and with well over 700 people already registered to take part anywhere in Ireland, why not join the legal profession’s annual fundraiser next September 17-26.
Vital funds are raised to alleviate homelessness in Ireland through Peter McVerry Trust and supporting The Hope Foundation’s children’s homes and hospital in Kolkata. 
Find out more and register here Calcutta Run. Thank you for the support.