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The Older Client: the Role of the Solicitor in Resolving Conflict – 30 June – 2 General CPD hours

Join this live 2 hour webinar, presented by the Solicitors for the Elderly in partnership with Law Society Professional Training, on resolving conflict and the older client.

This seminar will focus on resolving disputes/conflict and complaints of relevance to practitioners acting for the older client. The event will include a panel discussion with expert speakers available to deal with questions and offer practical advice.Topics and issues to be covered include the LSRA - complaints relating to probate and wills and funeral disputes and inter-family conflict.

 

Topics: The LSRA and Complaints Relating to Probate and Wills, Funeral disputes and inter-family conflict.

 

Speakers include Dr. Brian J. Doherty, CEO, Legal Services Regulatory Authority and Professor Heather Conway, Queen’s University, Belfast.

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 find out more about the webinar and to book your place, please click The Older Client, or contact a member of the Professional Training Team for more information.

 

For assistance, contact us on:

Email: lspt@lawsociety.ie

Tel:      01 881 5727.

 

 

 

Diploma in Insolvency Law now open for applications

The Diploma Centre is inviting applications for the Diploma in Insolvency Law and Corporate Restructuring,starting on 6 October 2021 Areas covered will include insolvency and corporate restructuring; liquidation, examinership, receivership and bankruptcy.

 

Offered as part of the Diploma Centre’s autumn 2021 course programme, this course is open to Solicitors and trainees 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.

 

This diploma 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. It will examine in detail the obligations on the directors and the options for the company from initiating the corporate restructuring, to court procedures, to the enforcement of judgments.

 

The final module of the course will provide a practical knowledge of the practice and procedure of personal insolvency in Ireland including bankruptcy.

 

Practitioners will be prepared for dealing with all aspects of insolvency and personal bankruptcy in the challenging times ahead.

 

For further information visit www.lawsociety.ie/diplomacentre or contact Course Leader Cian Monahan, Solicitor, by email at C.Monahan@lawsociety.ie 

 

Financial Services Regulation Trends: AML, GDPR, ESG, Consumer Protection and Culture – 1 Hour Live Webinar – 10 June

This webinar has been designed and will be delivered by expert financial services (IFS) solicitors and professionals who will, in just one hour, update delegates on current and emerging trends in financial services regulation. This is essential for all IFS professionals and in-house IFS Counsel looking to update their knowledge.

 

Topics, speakers and panellists include:

 

Anti-Money Laundering & GDPR – in house observations - Feidhlimidh Wrafter, Assistant General Counsel Western Union

  • 5AMLD and implementing CJA 2021 - main implementations for payment firms
  • AML supervision – recent focus themes for regulators
  • Compliance on a large scale – operational challenges
  • GDPR – practical impact on AML compliance

ESG - Ann Shiels, Associate A&L Goodbody Solicitors, Dublin

  • 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 - Alison Bradshaw, Head of AIB Products, Legal Services

  • Consumer Protection as a Central Bank Priority – Consumer Protection Outlook 2021 Overview
  • Consumer Protection during Covid (to cover payment breaks)
  • Consumer Protection and expectations post-Covid – in general and as regards consumers impacted by Covid.

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

  • Driving the right behaviours: rules or principles
  • Planning for SEAR
  • Documenting culture at board
  • The future of diversity mandate

 

Chairperson: Sinead Ovenden, Partner PwC Ireland

 

 

CPD Hours             1 hour General (By eLearning)

 

To find out more and to book your place, please click Financial Services Regulation, or contact a member of the Finuas Skillnet Team for more information.

Email: FinuasSkillnet@lawsociety.ie

Tel: 01 881 5727

Registration of Easements – a ticking clock – 8 July - 2 General CPD hours

This seminar, presented by the Conveyancing Committee in partnership with Law Society Professional Training, will discuss the significant developments relating to the registration of easements.    

The Land and Conveyancing Law Reform Act 2009 radically changed the way in which easements and profits-à-prendre may be registered under Irish law. In this seminar speakers will discuss the changes to the registration of such interests in light of the 30 November, 2021 deadline, the issues arising for practitioners and guidance issued by the Conveyancing Committee in its practice notes. A panel of experts will be available to answer questions.  

Topics: The botched reform of prescription?, What are the changes to the registration of easements and profits-a-prendre?, Implications for practice, Law Society practice notes

Speakers include: Patrick Sweetman, Partner, Matheson, Dublin; Keith McConnell, Partner, Gore Grimes, Dublin; Deirdre Fox, Principal, Deirdre Fox & Associates Solicitors, Co Wicklow and Peter Bland S.C., author of Easements (third edition published in 2015) and of Highways (published in 2020).

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 find out more about the webinar and to book your place, please click Registration of Easements, or contact a member of the Professional Training Team for more information.

 

For assistance, contact us on:

Email: lspt@lawsociety.ie

Tel:      01 881 5727.

 

 

 

 

North West General Practice Update 2021 Cluster – 17 June

A half day webinar to include: probate, litigation, easements updates, the O’Malley Report, negative interest rate charges, solicitors' accounts and preparing for a virtual Law Society inspection. Speakers include: Noeline Blackwell, Anne Stephenson and Stuart Gilhooly.

 

This is organised in partnership with Donegal Bar Association and Inishowen Bar Association but is open to all practitioners.

 

 

Date                            Thursday 17 June 2021                                             

 

Time                            10.00am to 1.30pm

 

Venue                         Online webinar with live Q&A

 

Fee                              €135

 

CPD Hours                 2.5 General

1 Regulatory Matters (Accounting & AML Compliance)

Total 3.5 hours (by eLearning)

 

Topics and speakers include

  • Probate 2021 - Anne Stephenson, Principal Stephenson Burns Solicitors, Dublin
    • Completion of the New Probate Office forms and fees
    • Completion of the Revenue SA2 form
    • Changes in practice
  • Conveyancing and Land – speaker tbc
    • Prescriptive Easements and Voluntary Transfers – the deadline to registration is looming.

Important new developments for all solicitors who act for victims of sexual crime in criminal, family and child law and litigation cases - Noeline Blackwell, Chief Executive Officer. Dublin Rape Crisis Centre

    • The O’Malley Report recommendations and the future implications.
  • Solicitors’ Accounts Regulations - Richard Hammond S.C. Partner Hammond Good Solicitors, Mallow, Co Cork and member of Negative Interest Rate Charges Task Force
    • Negative Interest Rate Charges – the implications for day-to-day practice and Solicitors Accounts Regulations compliance
  • Solicitors’ Accounts Regulations - Fiona Stanley, Investigating Accountant, Law Society of Ireland
    • Preparing for a Law Society investigation in the virtual world
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Stuart Gilhooly, Partner H J Ward Solicitors, Dublin and consultant on Litigation Committee
    • Litigation and remote hearings- practice and procedure update.
    • Personal injury award changes.
    • Litigation watching brief for future developments.

 

There will be more Clusters in the autumn.

 

To book find out more about the webinar and to book your place at this Cluster, please click North West General Practice, or contact a member of the Finuas Skillnet Team for more information.

Email: Finuas Skillnet@lawsociety.ie

Tel: 01 881 5727

Diploma in Law Virtual Open Evening 2021

Register to attend the Diploma in Law annual Open Evening on Wednesday 30 June from 5.30-7.00pm. Meet the Diploma in Law team and find out more about this popular course from course leaders and past students.

 

Delivered via Zoom, this event will offer those interested in completing the Diploma in Law an insight into what this course entails. Participants will learn more about this Diploma, the Law Society, get an opportunity to meet the Diploma Centre team as well as students who previously studied the course.  Throughout the evening course tutors and alumni will be happy to answer any queries you have about the course.

 

Sign up now to find out how the Diploma in Law could enhance your career and opportunities. Attendance is free, but registration is required.

 

Register to attend here: https://virtualopenevening2021.eventbrite.ie.

Registration for the Diploma in Law is now open! You can find further information on the course by visiting: www.lawsociety.ie/diplomalaw.

 

Download the Diploma in Law course brochure.

Solicitors’ Essential Update 2021 – Clare and Limerick Cluster webinar – 2 July

Conveyancing, property, litigation, employment practice and procedure updates, negative interest rate charges, Solicitors Accounts Regulation compliance, S150 and costs, a guide to digital signatures, high impact communication in a digital world and the O’Malley Report.

 

This webinar is organised in association with Clare and Limerick Bar Associations but is open to all practitioners wherever they are.

 

Topics and Speakers include

  • Litigation Update 2021 - Stuart Gilhooly, Partner H J Ward Solicitors, Dublin and consultant on Litigation Committee
  • Future developments including: O’Malley Report - Noeline Blackwell, Chief Executive Officer. Dublin Rape Crisis Centre
  • Practice and Regulation - Richard Hammond S.C. Partner Hammond Good Solicitors, Mallow, Co Cork and member of Negative Interest Rate Charges Task Force
  • Employment Law Practice and Procedure - Marguerite Bolger S.C.
  • Digital Signatures: a guide to signing and executing documents - Suzanne Kearney, Professional Support Lawyer, Arthur Cox Solicitors, Dublin
  • High Impact Communications in the Digital World - Paula Reid, Partner Knowledge and Celine Kelly, Knowledge Services Manager, A&L Goodbody Solicitors, Dublin
  • Conveyancing and Property Update- Joyce Good, Partner Hammond Good Solicitors, Mallow, Co Cork and member of Conveyancing Committee

 

Date                            Friday 2 July 2021                                          

 

Time                            9.30am to 4.45pm

 

Venue                         Online Webinar with live Q&A Sessions

 

Fee                              €135

 

CPD Hours                 2 General

1 Regulatory Matters (Accounting & AML Compliance)

2 Management and Professional Development Skills

Total 5 hours (by eLearning)

 

There will be more Clusters in the autumn.

 

To book find out more about the webinar and to book your place at this Cluster, please click Clare Limerick Cluster, or contact a member of the Finuas Skillnet Team for more information.

Email: Finuas Skillnet@lawsociety.ie

Tel: 01 881 5727

 

Popular Diploma in Commercial Property returns this Autumn
In response to renewed levels of activity in the property market, the Diploma Centre will offer the Diploma in Commercial Property as part of the autumn 2021 programme. 
 
Commencing on 2 November 2021 this course has been designed to expose practitioners to the full spectrum of commercial property transactions and land development issues. Financing and investing in commercial property will also be addressed and those attending will also undertake a comprehensive study of all elements of commercial leases.
 
Supporting the lecture content are three practical and interactive workshops, which will provide an opportunity to engage with topics and problem scenarios faced in practice. This diploma is open to solicitors and trainee solicitors who have passed the PPC1 only.
 
Module structure for the course: 
1: Introduction & Basic Principles
2: Commercial Leases
3: Development & Planning
4: Property Financing & Investment
5: Taxation
6: Dealing with Distressed Sales
 
For further information please visit the Diploma Centre pages on our website or contact us by email: diplomateam@lawsociety.ie or telephone: 01 672 4802.
 
 
Seeking Firms with work placement opportunities in Construction Law for Skills Connect Programme

New Skills Connect, Construction Law, Employment Activation Programme for return to work and unemployed solicitor. This programme comprises of online, on-demand modules, virtual workshops and private study. It also includes a twenty-week work placement. We are seeking more firms to offer work placements.

Construction law is an area of legal practice that is experiencing increased growth in the current environment. This legal service demand is anticipated to continue to increase. To address this skills demand and to provide opportunities for solicitors who wish to return to the workforce or are unemployed, Law Society Finuas Skillnet has designed this programme in partnership with Skillnet Ireland.

This programme comprises of ten online, on-demand modules, five virtual workshops and private study. It also includes a twenty-week work placement

Duration: 14 June to 30 June plus work placement from 12 July.
CPD Hours: 14 General, 3 Management & Professional Development (by eLearning)

We are seeking more firms able to offer a work placement to one or more solicitors.

If interested in offering a work placement to one of our Skills Connect graduates please click here to read the Skills Connect work placement provider brochure.

For more information and to view the programme schedule, please click Construction Skills Connect

For assistance, contact us on:

Email: finuasskillnet@lawsociety.ie

Tel:      01 881 5727.

 

Register now to join the Diploma in Judicial Skills and Decision-Making

Due to demand, the Diploma Centre is once again offering the Diploma in Judicial Skills and Decision-Making,commencing on 13 October 2021.

 

This diploma will provide participants with case-management leadership skills and practical training on how to run a case in any forum. It will also prepare participants for adjudicatory, tribunal, and board roles, and will explore the skills needed to preside over various forums. Practical workshops on arriving at a determination and drafting judgments and functions and duties of chairpersons of a board will be facilitated by means of case studies and role-play sessions. An interactive online module on mediation will take a look at the challenges arising from integrating the mediation process with the legal system, examine key mediation skills and give students an insight into how the Mediation Act 2017 affects traditional court-based proceedings.

 

This course is suitable for:

  • Solicitors, barristers, and other relevant professionals who wish to develop the skillset necessary for adjudicatory, tribunal, and board roles or the skills necessary preside over various forums,
  • Directors or other relevant professionals seeking to gain necessary training with regard to overseeing decision-making processes in a corporate environment.

 

For further information on the course and the application process visit the Diploma Centre pages on our website or contact Cian Monahan, Course Leader, on c.monahan@lawsociety.ie.

 

 

Unlocking Wellness Together, Anxiety Awareness Training Course – Online On Demand with Caroline Foran

Caroline Foran, award winning journalist and no.1 international bestselling author and podcaster of  Owning It: Your Bulls*t Free Guide to Living With Anxiety, has worked with the Law Society Finuas Skillnet Team to develop a NEW online Anxiety Awareness Training Course for Solicitors.

 

This course explores what anxiety is and tools and techniques to help you and others to deal with anxiety as a healthy part of your life.

 

This CPD series 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 www.lawsociety.ie/legaledtalks

 

This series is brought to you by Law Society Finuas Skillnet to support the Law Society Professional Wellbeing project. Click here to access additional wellbeing supports www.lawsociety.ie/wellbeinghub

 

For assistance, contact us on:

Email: finuasskillnet@lawsociety.ie

Tel:     01 881 5727.

 

Build your knowledge with the Diploma in Construction Law

The increasing complexity of construction law provides for a proliferation of contracts and conflict and dispute resolution mechanisms. The Diploma in Construction Law will provide a comprehensive overview of the specialised discipline of construction law and practice in Ireland.

Beginning on 9 October 2021, the Diploma in Construction Law 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. Other prominent areas of study will include:

  • The Construction Contracts Act 2013,
  • Allocation of risk between the employer and the contractor,
  • Collateral warranties and bonds, specialists and sub-contractors, and
  • The Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014.

 

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: www.lawsociety.ie/diplomacentre or contact Course Leader Liam Dunne at L.Dunne@LawSociety.ie.