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Diploma Centre launches its spring 2021 programme

Applications for the Diploma Centre’s spring 2021 programme are open now. Courses on offer include core fields of interest for solicitors as well as innovative programmes that reflect specialist areas of practice, including commercial litigation, employment law and charity law.


We are delighted to offer a total of 10 courses, including six certificates and four diplomas. Courses on offer this spring are the:



All lectures are webcast making them ideal for the busy professional and those based around the country. Interactive workshops are an additional feature of all courses.


To comply with future social distancing requirements, our spring 2021 courses may, if necessary, commence online initially and then move onsite pursuant to Covid-19 public health advice. 


For further information or to apply visit  or telephone: 01 672 4802.



Training of Lawyers on EU Asylum and Immigration Law (TRALIM 2) Reception and Integration – Human Trafficking

A webinar on EU law relating to Asylum and Immigration with a focus on Reception and Integration and Human Trafficking in Ireland and other EU countries. This seminar is held in conjunction with the European Lawyers Foundation, the Spanish National Bar, Athens Bar Association, Italian Bar, National Council of Legal Advisers (Poland) and Paris Bar Association.

Date                Thursday 4 February 2021
10.00am to 3.00pm
Zoom webinar
CPD Hours   
4 hours General (by eLearning)

Topics and Issues to be covered

  • Reception for asylum seekers in Ireland, known as ‘direct provision’
  • The impact of Ireland’s opt-in to the EU Reception Directive (recast) 2013
  • Analysis of rights for persons recognised as refugees
  • Human Trafficking – victims’ rights and administrative immigration arrangements in Ireland 
  • Immigration Fraud, Criminal and other Sanctions
  • Reception and Integration – the French Experience
  • Human Trafficking - the Polish Experience
  • Addressing the perpetrators and supporting the victims of human trafficking
  • Human Trafficking - challenges for Irish society


Panellists and Speakers
Attracta O’Regan, Solicitor, Head of Law Society Professional Training
Vasileios Stathopoulos, Project Manager, European Lawyers Foundation, the Netherlands
Aude Rimailho, Cabinet Aude Rimailho, Paris, France
Dr. Marcin Górski, Attorney at Law, Poland
Cindy Carroll, Deputy Chairperson, International Protection Appeals Tribunal

Catherine Cosgrave, Managing Solicitor, Immigrant Council of Ireland
Liam Thornton, Assistant Professor in Law, School of Law, University College Dublin
Kenneth Ruane, Head of Legal Affairs, An Garda Siochána
Deaglán O Briain, Principal, Department of Justice & Equality

To Book click TRALIM


Tel: 01 881 5727

Develop your specialist litigation knowledge with the Diploma in Commercial Litigation

The Diploma Centre is inviting applications for its Diploma in Commercial Litigation, commencing 13 January 2021. This advanced diploma course will provide practitioners with a comprehensive knowledge of commercial litigation and its practical impact on the commercial landscape in Ireland.


The success of the Commercial Court in this jurisdiction, and the high volume of cases progressing through the court, make it imperative for practitioners to familiarise themselves with the court’s strict rules and deadlines.


This diploma course will examine, in detail, the practice and procedure of running a commercial case, from issuing of proceedings to conclusion. Consideration will also be given to the case management rules (SI 254 of 2016 and SI 255 of 2016), a practitioner’s perspective of eDiscovery and document management, pre-trial applications, expert evidence and enforcement.


The growing importance of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) will be addressed in a practical module that will provide an overview of the variety of ADR methods available. The module focus will be on the role of the solicitor in representing clients in these dispute resolution methods outside of the court process. The course will also see experts examining discrete areas of commercial litigation, including intellectual property disputes and landlord and tenant disputes in the commercial context.


For further information visit: or contact Patricia Harvey BL, Course Leader, at


Working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing clients – An Introduction to Irish Sign Language (ISL) in the Legal Setting

Our Irish Sign Language (ISL) in the Legal Setting course acquaints solicitors with basic ISL skills. It gives guidance on how to work with deaf and hard of hearing clients and on how to work with qualified interpreters in the legal setting. It provides information about the deaf community, deaf culture and deaf people as a linguistic minority group.


Practitioners will learn the skills to engage in a two-way conversation, comprehend a simple question and answer type discussion and sign basic personal expressions and information.  Numbers on this course are limited to fifteen participants.


Topics include

  • Deaf community and deaf culture
  • Meeting and greeting deaf people
  • Fingerspelling
  • Useful everyday expressions
  • Vocabulary
  • Non-Manual Features (NMF)
  • Grammatical descriptors


Places are limited to fifteen participants. The course comprises of six weekly sessions.


Dates: 10 & 24 February and 3, 10, 24 &31 March 2021

Time: 4.00pm to 5.00pm

Fee: €330

Discounted* Fee: €270

CPD Hours: 6 Management & Professional Development Skills (by eLearning)


Make a Booking

To book your place, click Irish Sign Language


For assistance, contact us on:


Tel: 01 881 5727


*Law Society Finuas Skillnet members only



Careers take flight with the Diploma in Aviation Leasing and Finance

The award-winning Diploma in Aviation Leasing and Finance is now open to applications. This course delivers an in-depth analysis of the core legal and practical issues relating to aircraft leasing and finance transactions, including engine leasing, repossession, tax and insurance.


While Covid-19 has affected the airline industry, aviation leasing and finance remains an important sector in Ireland. Ireland is internationally recognised as the global hub for aviation leasing and finance, with 14 of the top 15 global aircraft lessors enjoying a presence here. More than 60% of the world’s fleet of leased aircraft is owned, leased, or managed in Ireland. The major industry players have been attracted by Ireland’s stable political regime, membership of the EU, favourable time zone, and talented workforce – not to mention our legal and regulatory advantages. In addition, Ireland’s network of over 70 double tax treaties, combined with the absence of withholding tax on aircraft lease rentals and a corporate tax rate of 12.5%, makes Ireland a commercially attractive place to set up and run an aircraft leasing company.


This course commences Thursday 28 January and will be delivered via live online lectures Thursdays 6pm to 8.30pm with interactive workshops on Saturdays. All sessions will also be available to view on-demand.


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



IMRO and Law Society Annual Copyright Lecture by Webinar: Copyright and Artificial Intelligence – 16 February

Join us for the complimentary online lecture on the complex intersection between copyright and artificial intelligence.


Speaking are Dr Mark Hyland, Law Society IMRO Adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property, Barry Scannell Director of Legal Affairs & Regulatory Compliance, Irish Music Rights Organisation and Professor Jonathan Griffith, Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary University of London. The lecture is chaired by Victor Finn, Chief Executive, IMRO



  16 February 2021 


6.00pm to 8.00pm


Online Webinar with Live Q & A



CPD Hours

  2 General (by eLearning)



Will copyright ownership and the prerequisites for copyright protection need to be rethought and adjusted to accommodate AI-generated works and, if so, to what extent? Will AI bring about a paradigm shift in terms of how we view copyright and, Copyright Law? Is the complex relationship between copyright and AI one of conflict or complementarity? These are some of the central questions that will be considered at this year’s IMRO and Law Society of Ireland Annual Copyright Lecture.



Victor Finn, Chief Executive, Irish Music Rights Organisation



Dr Mark Hyland, Law Society IMRO adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property

Dr. Mark Hyland has been a lecturer at the College of Business, Technological University Dublin since March, 2020. Prior to this, he was a lecturer in International Intellectual Property Law at Bangor University Law School, Wales. His main field of research is Intellectual Property Law with a special focus on Copyright Law.  He also has a strong interest in the interface between Intellectual Property Law and related fields such as Information Technology Law and, Competition Law. In 2016, he was awarded a Bangor University Teaching Fellowship for his commitment to teaching excellence and student support. Dr. Hyland was awarded his PhD by Newcastle University in 2014 for a thesis that critically evaluates the application of the tort Private International Law rules to the internet, using online copyright infringements as a case study. In June 2019, he was appointed the inaugural IMRO adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the Law Society of Ireland. 


Professor Jonathan Griffith, Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary University of London

His main research interests are in copyright law (particularly European copyright law) and in the relationship between intellectual property law and fundamental rights.


Barry Scannell, Director of Legal Affairs & Regulatory Compliance, Irish Music Rights Organisation

Barry Scannell is a solicitor and is Director of Legal Affairs and Regulatory Compliance at IMRO. Barry is a PhD candidate in UCC researching AI and Music Authors’ Rights, for which he was awarded a scholarship. Barry is the Chair of the international CISAC Working Group on AI and Copyright, and he also sits on the CISAC Global Policy Committee, the Law Society’s Intellectual Property Law Committee, and the legal committee of the GESAC European rights management representative body.  


Make a booking

For full programme details and to book online visit IMRO Copyright Lecture


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For assistance, please contact a member of the 
professional training team 

In-house lawyers – meet your strategic challenges in 2021 with this specialist certificate

Designed to equip in-house counsel with practical skills to grow and develop their in-house practice, the Certificate in Strategic Development for the In-House Lawyer commences on 29 January 2021.


The phenomenal growth of in-house legal service provision demonstrates the value in having legal services managed in-house. As in-house lawyers increasingly become ‘trusted advisors’ for their organisations, the need to be able to communicate and operate effectively within a non-traditional legal environment is essential. 


Developing the in-house function and the delivery of legal services that meet the needs of the organisation requires an understanding of how the organisation itself works: collaborating and managing the intricacies of the organisation’s structure and identifying where development of in-house legal services requires innovative solutions – how well equipped are in-house lawyers to identify, promote, and communicate these solutions to the organisation? 


The course harnesses participants’ commercial awareness and focuses on developing their capability to identify opportunities for expansion and innovation, along with the know-how to take advantage.


The certificate essentially focuses on the ‘business of doing legal business’ and takes a practical approach: during the course, you will work on a plan of action to enable you and your in-house practice to increase your foothold within the organisation, to improve service delivery in an existing practice area, or to diversify into a new one. 


Deploying validated legal, commercial, and strategic nous to address the challenges faced by modern organisations whether professional firms, commercial entities, not-for profit, or public sector organisations, you will develop and present a plan of action that is coherent and complements your in-house practice’s existing expertise – without requiring significant investment in resources. Your organisation is also free to contribute to the plan, as it is designed for practical implementation.


This course is ideal for established in-house counsel in both commercial and public sector organisations interested in leveraging their expertise and role as trusted advisors, raising their profile and value within the organisation, and expanding the influence exercised by the in-house function.


For further information visit: or contact Course Leader Cian Monahan, Solicitor, by email:

Criminal Law practitioners – join us for the online Annual Criminal Law Update on 4 March 2021
The Criminal Law Committee in partnership with Law Society Professional Training will hold the Annual Criminal Law Update on 4 March via Online Webinar. This webinar will include a Live Q&A session and will focus on The O’Malley Report – recommendations and implementation, and The Right to Silence 
Speakers confirmed to date are Noeline Blackwell, CEO, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre and Dr Yvonne Daly, Associate Professor in Law, DCU
More speakers to be announced. 
DateThursday 4 March 2021 
VenueZoom webinar
Fee€186 (€160 for Finuas Skillnet Members)
CPD Hours3 hours General (by eLearning)
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. 
To book your place at this online event, please click Criminal Law Update 2021
For assistance, contact us on:
Tel:01 881 5727.



The popular Certificate in Company Secretarial Law and Practice returns

Commencing on 2 February 2021, and jointly awarded by the Diploma Centre and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators (ICSA: The Governance Institute), the Certificate in Company Secretarial Law and Practice will offer a practical insight into company secretarial requirements in Ireland.


The requirement in the Companies Act 2014 obligating the directors of a company to appoint a suitably qualified individual to the position of company secretary has enhanced the company secretary’s position as the principal legal administrative and compliance officer within a company. The duties and responsibilities of the company secretary vary depending on the industry in question and the type of company involved. With an increased focus on the need for effective governance in the current climate, the position has expanded in many companies, and the scope of the role has moved beyond corporate compliance to become a focal point for advice about governance, compliance, and the conduct of business. This established course focuses on the procedural requirements of company secretarial practice and aims to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the company law framework and key corporate governance provisions under the Companies Act


The Certificate in Company Secretarial Law and Practice covers key themes as listed below:

Module 1: Company law, the secretary, the board and members

  • The role and legal duties of the company secretary,
  • The Companies Act – structure and key provisions,
  • The company incorporation process.


Module 2: Corporate compliance

  • Maintaining the statutory registers,
  • Types of members’ and directors’ resolutions,
  • Annual returns and financial statements,
  • Corporate governance.


Module 3: Corporate compliance 2 – shares

  • Summary approvals procedure,
  • Share capital – allotment, variation and transfer,
  • Redemption and buyback.


Module 4: Corporate compliance 3 – wind up

  • Types of company wind-up,
  • Strike-off and restoration.


Module 5: Public limited company

  • An introduction to the Company Secretarial requirements of a PLC


For further information, email Course LeaderLiam Dunne, Solicitor, at, or go to


Applications open for well-regarded Diploma in Employment Law

Work practices in a modern economy, and especially during Covid-19, are constantly evolving – as are employment law and practice. The Diploma in Employment Law equips those advising on employment matters with the relevant knowledge needed to advise in changing times.


Framed by the Workplace Relations Reform Act 2015, the Diploma Centre’s Diploma in Employment Law provides a comprehensive understanding of employment law, covering all aspects of the employer/employee relationship from recruitment through to termination. Relying on contributions from leading practitioners, stakeholders and decision makers in the area, we highlight how new developments are likely to affect your practice. For example, we will focus on recent practice and procedural developments arising out of the Workplace Relations Reform Programme. The ultimate aim of the diploma is to provide practitioners with a comprehensive understanding of employment law and practice in this jurisdiction.  


Key themes examined on this diploma include recruitment, data protection, HR, pay and benefits, workers’ rights, discrimination, grievance and disciplinary procedures, severance packages and redundancy, and more.


The effect of Covid-19 on employment and the workplace will also be examined.


This popular course commences on 12 February 2021. Applications are now being accepted.


For further information visit or contact Course Leader Liam Dunne, Solicitor, at