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Suite of Annual Update Conferences continue through October, November and December

Book now for one or more of Law Society Professional Training's suite of annual conferences, designed and delivered in partnership with the Society's Committees.

We cover a wide range of subjects including Criminal Law, Property Law, 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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  • Annual Family & Child Law Conference (22 November) read Course details
  • EU & International Affairs Conference 2019 (21 November) Save the date – registration will open shortly – for details email
  • Criminal Law Update Conference 2019 (28 November) read Course details
  • Annual Business Law Conference 2019 (14 November) read Course details 



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


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professional training team or find a complete listing on our CPD webpage



Applications accepted for final places on the new Diploma in Criminal Law and Practice

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, by emailing:


Now taking bookings for CPD Clusters in Monaghan, Mayo, Cork, Kilkenny & Dublin

We continue our tour of the regions with trips to Monaghan in October, Mayo, Cork and Kilkenny in November and Dublin in December.

The fee for the cluster includes the educational training event, resource materials a hot networking lunch and of course the all-important CPD hours covering management, general and regulatory matters. As always, the Finuas Skillnet Cluster events are designed and presented in partnership with local bar associations.

Below are the dates and venues from October 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


  • Friday 11 October MONAGHAN, Glencarn Hotel, North East CPD Day – 7 CPD Hours. North East CPD 2019 - read Cluster details


  • Thursday 7 and Friday 8 NovemberMAYO, Breaffy House Hotel - Connaught Solicitors Symposium 2019 Parts I & II – read Cluster details


  • Friday 15 November CORK, Kingsley Hotel. Practitioner Update 2019 – 6 CPD Hours - read Cluster details


  • Friday 22 NovemberKILKENNY, Hotel Kilkenny. General Practice Update 2019 – 6 CPD Hours - read Cluster details


  • Tuesday 10 DecemberDUBLIN, Shelbourne Hotel. Practice & Regulation Event – 7 CPD Hours.  Read Cluster details

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Contact us on 01 8815727 or email the team at




Ireland's €50 billion export sector: Apply now for a Diploma in Technology and IP Law

The Diploma in Technology and IP Lawwhich commences on 16 October 2019, will provide a detailed insight into the current framework of laws relating to technology and IP in Ireland.


The tech industry in Ireland is booming. The list of tech giants with operations seems to grow by the year: Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Intel, and LinkedIn, to name a few. All have large operational centres in Ireland. As the second-largest exporter of computer and IT services in the world (a €50 billion export sector), it is imperative that that all organisations 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 the 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 potential liabilities including IP-infringements and defences, domain disputes, e-commerce and consumer regulations, software licencing and data security breaches.

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, Riona Leahy by emailing:

New Law School PPC offering focuses on increasing access to legal education

Increasing access to legal education and providing a more flexible route to becoming a solicitor is a key factor in the Society's new Professional Practice Course Hybrid (PPC Hybrid), which will launch in December 2019.

Committed to innovation in legal education

The development of the new PPC Hybrid follows the launch of the Peart Commission Report, containing 30 recommendations setting out a vision for the future of solicitor training in Ireland. More information on the Peart Commission Report is available on our website.  

About the PPC Hybrid

The PPC Hybrid is specifically aimed at delivering a flexible route to the solicitor qualification without the traditional requirement for trainees to be onsite at Blackhall Place in Dublin full-time for a substantial continuous period.

The course is delivered through optimised blended learning, which combines face-to-face tuition with online lectures. It is also structured so that trainees will potentially be able to continue working during the PPC Hybrid, with onsite tuition occurring primarily at monthly weekend sessions.

The PPC Hybrid will commence with an induction day on 18 December 2019, at which iPads will be distributed and initial online lectures released.

Read about the advantages of the PPC Hybrid option, the course structure and digital learning resources by visiting: 

Law Society Finuas Skillnet - Suite of Specialised Skills Programmes

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


  • 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

  • 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.


  • Coaching Skills for Solicitors and Practice Managers (Starts February 2020)


As well as providing an overview of the latest coaching theory and practice models, participants will identify a development agenda and will experience being coached in relation to personal career goals. Feedback will be offered on progress throughout the Programme alongside learning how to develop teams - read Course details.


  • Legal Research Skills (13 & 27 February 2020)


The Legal Research Skills Workshops are aimed at practitioners and focus on solving clients’ problems. An overview of both paper-based and electronic resources will be followed by practical workshops whereby delegates carry out systematic and comprehensive research. Delegates will leave with skills to enable them analyse clients’ instructions to identity the issues and ultimately present the results of their research in a clear and practical format.  The Course is iPad-based with research carried out on both iPads and PCs - read Course details.


  • Planning & Environmental Law for the Conveyancer (24 & 25 April 2020)

This Planning & Environmental Law Masterclass is aimed at all practitioners acting in both residential and commercial transactions. Our Masterclass 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 - read Course details.


To claim your full management CPD requirement for 2019 attend one of our Skills Training programmes – details below:


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Interested in moving towards an adjudicatory or quasi-judicial management role?

Due to demand the Diploma Centre is once again offering the Diploma in Judicial Skills and Decision-Making commencing on 16 October 2019.


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. A module on mediation will discuss how the Mediation Act 2017 will affect traditional court-based proceedings, with a particular focus on mediation in the commercial context and in family law. The diploma also features a distinct module on awareness and sensitivity training and dealing with vulnerable witnesses and clients.


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 managing proceedings 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


NEW Online Employment Law Masterclass

The Employment Law Masterclass: Termination of Contract is now available online and you can earn up to 5 General CPD Hours (by eLearning).

This online Employment Law Masterclass will give practitioners a highly practical and up-to-date insight into the law of Termination of Employment. The speakers are all leading experts in this field and share their knowledge and expertise. The course includes a set of detailed papers written by the speakers.

Topics and Issues covered

  • Update Preparing for the Labour Court
  • The Disciplinary Process
  • Unfair Dismissal
  • Constructive Dismissal
  • Discriminatory Dismissal
  • Redundancy
  • Injuncting a Dismissal



  • Marguerite Bolger SC
  • Richard Grogan, Principal, Richard Grogan & Associates Solicitors, Dublin
  • Duncan Inverarity, Partner, A & L Goodbody Solicitors, Dublin
  • Catherine O’Flynn, Partner, William Fry Solicitors, Dublin
  • Alastair Purdy, Principal, Alastair Purdy & Co., Solicitors, Galway
  • Des Ryan BL


How to register for this eLearning Course

  • Download the full programme and book online -  visit the course page. On receipt of payment, login details will be sent to you. This eLearning course is available from date of purchase until 31 December 2020.

For further information please call 01 881 5727 or email the team at


Become an accredited mediator with the Diploma in Mediator Training

The Diploma in Mediator Training, which begins on Friday 1 November, is accredited with the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (MII) and provides participants with a detailed knowledge of the scope of mediation in Ireland, together with the practical skills needed to advise and act in mediations. Our course includes personalised online learning in the form of interactive modules that can be undertaken by participants at a time suitable to them.


Those who successfully complete the course and the MII assessment are eligible to apply for certified membership of the MII.


The goal of this diploma is to provide an appreciation of the theoretical foundations of conflict and the mediation process and to equip participants with the necessary skills to successfully mediate disputes in a number of different settings. This course aims to promote mediation as a viable, effective and efficient alternative to court proceedings thereby reducing legal costs, speeding up the resolution of disputes and relieving the stress involved in court proceedings. This course is designed therefore not only to equip participants with the skills to act as a mediator, but also to consider fully how the practice of mediation will be impacted by the new statutory framework.

The course is delivered by way of a ‘flipped learning’ approach and begins with interactive online lessons providing in-depth learning about conflict, the process of mediation and its increasing importance in the litigation landscape including the Mediation Act 2017. On completion of this training programme participants will understand:

  • The core theories of and strategies for analysing conflict.
  • The law underpinning mediation and the theoretical foundation of the mediation process,
  • The actual process of mediation itself  and how to identify at an early stage whether a case is suitable for mediation,
  • How to develop the core competencies necessary for mediating a dispute,
  • How to use mediation skills and tools with fluidity and proficiency,
  • The mediator’s role and the inherent challenges of mediation process,
  • The challenges and opportunities if considering establishing a mediation practice.


For further information visit or contact Nicholas Kelly, Course Leader, by emailing


Advanced Advocacy Course for Solicitors

A Diploma in Advocacy Skills is being offered to solicitors this autumn through collaboration between the Diploma Centre and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA).  This course will commence on Thursday 14 November 2019.

On completion of this training programme, participants will have:

  • Developed their advocacy skills using the NITA method,
  • Gained an understanding of applications that are made in the higher courts in key areas of practice in insolvency law, banking, family and employment law,
  • Acquired valuable insights to recent judicial decisions and legislative and procedural developments.

International NITA advocacy trainers and Irish subject matter experts will use dynamic interactive teaching methods to lead participants through this valuable 6-day course. This contextualised approach to skills training involves role-play and situated learning and provides practitioners with a deeper and layered learning experience, which is particularly important in skills training. It aims to develop confidence in practitioners in their ability to perform in court and to get comfortable with their presentation skills, while providing a supportive forum in the workshop sessions to practice being ‘on their feet’.

NITA (America’s leading provider of legal advocacy skills training) embraces the importance of providing solicitors and trainees the opportunity to explore, develop, and reflect on their skills by examining the principles and practices of advocacy.

For further information visit or contact Riona Leahy by email at 

Remove the Uncertainty Post-Brexit: English & Welsh Property Law, March 2020

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 (12 noon to 2.00pm - 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


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New LLM Experiential Learning and Teaching: early bird rate closes soon

The Law Society of Ireland’s Diploma Centre will join with Charles University, Prague and Palacký University, Olomouc in Czechia on a dynamic new LLM programme for January 2020: the LLM Experiential Learning and Teaching.

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 earning 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. 

Please note: An Early Bird rate is available now, but closes on 31 October 2019.

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