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NOW TAKING BOOKINGS - Autumn Update Conferences 2019

Law Society Professional Training will deliver a suite of annual conferences which are designed and delivered in partnership with Law Society of Ireland Committees.

We cover a wide range of subjects including Employment Law, Criminal Law, Property, Probate, Wellbeing and more. CPD hours vary for each conference and cover a mix of general, management and professional development skills and regulatory matters CPD.

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


  • Employment Law Annual Update 2019 (26 September): read Course details
  • Probate Practice & Procedure Essentials – Limerick (12 September): read Course details



  • Annual Business Law Update Conference (14 November) - contact the team for details on 
  • Annual Family & Child Law Conference (22 November): read Course details
  • Criminal Law Update Conference 2019 (28 November): read Course details


  • In-House and Public Sector Panel Discussion-Galway (4 December): read Course details

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For more details on any of the above events, please contact a member of the professional training team or find a complete listing on our CPD webpage

Popular Diploma in Family Law commencing in October 2019

Applications are now being accepted for the Diploma in Family Law which commences on 1 October 2019.

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.

Recent legislative initiatives to be considered will include the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 (of which a number of key parts have yet to be commenced), the Domestic Violence Act 2018 (which brings in significant changes to reliefs available to those in an intimate relationship), and the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill 2017. The course also focuses on topical family law issues, such as family breakdown, child custody, and the increasingly practical issue of enforcement of orders abroad. Other matters reviewed will include parentage, surrogacy arrangements, and the law relating to guardianship, custody of, and access to children.

For further information visit or contact Deirdre Flynn, Course Leader.

Future-proof your career with our Suite of Masterclasses

Law Society Finuas Skillnet is pleased to announce a suite of specialised skills training programmes this September.

The Fundamentals of Commercial Contracts 2019 (Starts 13 September)
This intensive introductory course is designed to provide participants with an understanding of what is required to successfully negotiate and draft commercial contracts - read Course details

Probate Masterclass: New Forms and Procedures (20 September)
This programme will introduce probate practitioners to the new probate forms and changes to practice to be brought into effect shortly and to bring practitioners through the amended process through lectures and workshops - read Course details

The Fundamentals of Clinical Negligence 2019 (27/28 September)
This course examines the fundamentals of clinical negligence claims from the relevant legal principles to the practice and procedure of a clinical negligence action - read Course details

Property Transactions Masterclass (Starts 29/30 November)
This Property Transactions Master Class is divided into three discreet sessions to enhance your understanding of key areas of practice. The first session is focused on the Fundamentals of Property Transactions, the second on Complex Property Transactions and the final and third session will focus on Commercial Property Transactions - read Course details

Executive Leadership Programme (Starts February 2020)
This programme is designed to help lawyers become more effective leaders. A unique feature of this programme is the inclusion of three (1.5 hr) executive coaching sessions-each with a specific theme and goal - with members of the programme delivery team - contact the team for details -

Certificate in Professional Education (Starts February 2020)
This Certificate in Professional Education is aimed at professional educators who design and/or deliver programmes to professionals. The course is suited to educators from a range of professional fields including law, medicine, accountancy, taxation, pharmacy and international education – read Course details.

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For more details on any of the above programmes, please click on the hyperlinks above or contact a member of the Finuas Skillnet team

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New Criminal Law course enrolling for October 2019

Applications are being accepted for the new Diploma in Criminal Law and Practice, which commences on 11 October 2019.

This diploma 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.

For further information visit or contact Patricia Harvey, Course Leader.

Last chance to book for Tralee Cluster - this Thursday 5 September

Law Society Finuas Skillnet starts the Autumn Programme with a return to Ballygarry House in Tralee on 5 September. As always, the Finuas Skillnet Cluster events are designed and presented in partnership with local bar associations.

Below are the dates and venues from September to December. Topics and speakers vary from venue to venue and offer a mix of General, Regulatory and Management & Professional Development Skills CPD hours.

Access our dedicated Regional Clusters webpage.

Now taking bookings

  • Thursday 5 September – KERRY, Ballygarry House Hotel, Tralee. Essential General Practice Update 2019 – 6 CPD Hours: read Course details
  • Friday 11 October – MONAGHAN, Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney. North East CPD Day – 7 CPD Hours. North East CPD 2019: read Course details
  • Thursday 7 and Friday 8 November – MAYO, Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar  - Connaught Solicitors Symposium 2019 Parts I & II: read Course details

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  • Friday 15 November – CORK, Kingsley Hotel. Practitioner Update 2019 – 6 CPD Hours: read Course details
  • Friday 22 November – KILKENNY, Hotel Kilkenny. General Practice Update 2019 – 6 CPD Hours: more info coming soon
  • Friday 6 December – DUBLIN, Shelbourne Hotel. Practice & Regulation Event – 7 CPD Hours: more info coming soon

Contact us on 01 8815727 or email the team


Justice for all: Let’s talk about juvenile justice

The Diploma Centre, with the guidance of Judge John O’Connor, has designed a new Certificate in Juvenile Justice, Litigation and Advocacy which will commence on 5 October 2019.

Participants will have an opportunity to apply key advocacy skills and competencies that are required when representing young persons who have become involved with the juvenile justice system. This will include practising the speech and language skills required to effectively take instructions from young persons.

Lectures will focus on the steps to be employed in proceedings under the Children Act 2001, as amended, so as to ensure that such proceedings fully comply with a young defendant’s Constitutional rights, as well as international standards for juvenile justice. In workshops, participants will then apply Practice Direction DC04 – Children Court to given scenarios, designed as it is to ensure due regard for the protection of the rights of the child and to safeguard the young person from avoidable intimidation, humiliation, or distress.

In order to deepen the learning experience, students will have an opportunity to observe and participate in various role-play scenarios involving Children Court proceedings and to practice and hone communication and advocacy skills that are particularly pertinent when representing young persons.

For further information visit: or contact the Course Leader Cian Monahan.

Intensive Skills Training for Lawyers Working with Children and Young People

Law Society Finuas Skillnet is proud to launch the first ever Trauma Awareness Skills training for lrish lawyers working with children and young people.

This intensive programme has been designed with the expert guidance of Tanya Ward, CEO, Children’s Rights Alliance, Julie Ahern, Access to Justice Manager, Children’s Rights Alliance and Dr. Geoffrey Shannon, Solicitor and State Rapporteur for the Protection of Children. The teaching faculty include a distinguished panel of leading child care and psychotherapist professionals.

This innovative course provides hands-on practical skills training in how to take instructions from children, equipping participants with effective active listening and interviewing skills. Coupled with skills training participants will gain an understanding of child development, how to avoid secondary traumatisation of children and very importantly self-care training for the lawyers working in this vulnerable area.

The training will be delivered in small group sessions through interactive lectures, examining real life scenarios, role plays and best practice demonstrations. Participants will be required to engage in reflective practices and peer learning.

This training is aimed at solicitors and barristers who work with children, young people and their families whether in a child care, child protection or juvenile justice capacity.
The maximum number of participants on this course will be 30 and places will be allocated on a first come basis.

  • Date: September 2019 - February 2020
  • Venue: Law Society of Ireland
  • Fee: €850
  • Discounted Fee: Finuas Skillnet members - €700
  • Book online: visit the website
  • Book by post: booking form
  • Full programme: brochure

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Email: the Finuas Skillnet Team
Tel: 01 881 5727

Be the master of, not a slave to, technology law!

The Diploma in Technology and IP Law, which commences on16 October 2019, will provide a detailed insight into the current framework of laws relating to technology and IP in Ireland.

Ireland has a booming tech market and has become a significant digital hub for Europe. It is of vital importance that all organisations and their people understand the law relating to technology and intellectual property and that all legal advisers have the requisite knowledge to advise on these matters.

This extended diploma programme is designed to give comprehensive coverage of this dynamic and innovated area and the broad range of legal issues arising from technology and intellectual property developments in this digital age.

Lecturers will chart latest trends in technology and provide a wide-ranging analysis of issues relating to intellectual property rights, advising on data protection strategies, and managing transactional issues.

Leading experts will consider the myriad of potential liabilities including IP-infringements and defences, domain disputes, e-commerce and consumer regulations, software licencing and data security breaches.

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, nanotechnology, biomedical technology, biometrics, wearable technology, driverless vehicles, Fintech and Blockchain will be examined.

For further information visit: or contact Course Leader Claire O’ Mahony

Remove the Uncertainty Post-Brexit: Certificate in English & Welsh Property Law

Successful completion of this Certificate will enable solicitors who have qualified in Ireland to apply to be admitted on the Roll of Solicitors in England and Wales.

The aim of this course is to examine the conveyancing practice and procedure in England and Wales. The objective, on successful completion of an online assessment, is to provide practitioners with the ability to establish and transfer proprietary rights and interests in England and Wales as set out in the Solicitors Regulation Authority for England and Wales Legal Practice Course outcomes.

On completion of this course participants will be able to identify and perform the critical steps in a conveyancing transaction in England and Wales, determine how legal estates and interests differ between the two jurisdictions, draft and complete the appropriate documentation for a conveyancing transaction in England and Wales and understand the law on easements and covenants for title in England and Wales.

Moreover, participants will be in a position to assess how the practice of conveyancing in England and Wales differs from the practice of conveyancing in Ireland and adapt their knowledge and skills to meet the needs of clients in both jurisdictions.

Date: 19/20 March 2020 and 2 April 2020 (11.30am to 1.30pm - online assessment)
Venue: Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7
Fee: €588
Discounted Fee*: €411* Applicable to Finuas Skillnet members
CPD Hours: 9 General CPD (by Group Study) for 2019

Topics to be covered include
• Steps in a conveyancing transaction
• Types of Legal Estates and Interests
• Registered land
• Easements
• Covenants for Title
• Contract

• Professor John Wylie, Consultant, A&L Goodbody Solicitors
• John Keaney, Keaney and Nevin Solicitors
• David Lane, Start Mortgages
• Paul McMahon, McMahon Legal/Legal Guide Limited
• Dr Gabriel Brennan, Law Society of Ireland

Make a booking
To book by post download the Booking Form
For full programme details download the Brochure
Tel: 01 881 5727

Develop your practical skills and conveyancing knowledge with this new certificate

A new Certificate in Property Law and Conveyancing for Legal Executives will commence on 5 October 2019.

The certificate is an innovative new programme that will offer 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, plus a comprehensive review of the legal documentation that is produced during a conveyancing transaction.

The course applies a blended approach to learning, where students have the choice to attend Thursday evening lectures on-site at the Law Society or to view them online via our online learning platform. 

This course is suitable for legal executives with a minimum of two years’ experience working in property practice.
For further information visit: or contact the Course Leader Cian Monahan.

Complete our Survey and be in with a chance to win a €500 Training Voucher

To help us fulfil your training needs in 2020, we need a little help from you. Please complete a 3-minute Training Needs Analysis survey by Friday 13 September and, as a thank you, you will be entered into a draw for a €500 voucher towards Professional Training & Finuas Skillnet training events taking place in 2020.

Click here to access your training needs analysis survey.

Attracta O’Regan

Attracta O’Regan
Head of Law Society Professional Training & Finuas Skillnet

New LLM Experiential Learning and Teaching

The Law Society of Ireland’s Diploma Centre will join with Charles University, Prague and Palacký University, Olomouc in Czechia on this dynamic LLM programme for January 2020.

The two year part-time course is designed for lawyers, learning and development professionals and legal educators who would benefit from a deeper understanding of innovative and effective experiential learning and teaching methods.

This unique collaboration brings together an international teaching faculty and a number of well-respected institutions. The LLM is delivered through blended learning. One-week residential sessions are held at the outset of the first two semesters, one in Prague and one in Dublin. The rest of the programme is delivered at distance.

The first part of the programme focuses on effective, interactive learning and teaching with an emphasis, depending on the background and needs of programme participants, on legal education but covering broader experiential learning theory that even non-lawyers may find instructive. The second part looks at a range of options that should enable aspirant, or current lawyers to learn, teach and practice to optimum effect in a legal context. At the end of the first semester all students on this course will have studied and put into practice the key elements of ‘clinical’ education. A final thesis will provide an opportunity for students to conduct more in-depth research into a particular learning and teaching area of their choice.

For further information and to download a brochure visit