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New Skills for a New Year – Supporting all staff working in a solicitor practice and in-house in the legal services sector
Over the last year, you have told us of the need for skills training across a wide range of areas. We have listened and today we are delighted to announce our NEW Open Skills training workshops for all staff working in the Legal Services Sector. 
•Professional Development Skills Programme 
This programme comprises of a suite of skills workshops. It is open to all staff working within the legal services sector. It addresses the day-to-day challenges facing all employees working in our radically changed working environment with new technology, less face-to-face interactivity and ever changing client care demands. The workshops are:
Personal Effectiveness Workshop (Organisational skills) - 24 February
Understanding Unconscious Bias – 24 March
Dealing with difficult Clients/Members of the public -14 April
Communication Skills -19 May
Proofreading workshop - 30 June
Building Emotional Resilience – 11 August
Presentation Skills - 6 October 
Influencing and Persuasive Business Writing Skills - 10 November 
•Managers' Skills Programme
This programme comprises of a suite of skills workshops. It is open to all staff who manage other staff within the legal services sector. It addresses the need for new skills to manage staff working within changed working environments with new challenges, evolving client expectations and evolving operational management structures. The workshops are: 
Project Management – 20 April 
Business Acumen & Finance – 25 May 
Handling Critical Conversations for Managers – 28 September
All workshops are stand-alone and participants can pick and mix the ones of most relevance to them. Numbers are strictly limited to 12 to ensure that learning outcomes are achieved and participants have maximum engagement with the expert trainers. 
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Tel:01 881 5727.
Late applications now accepted for the Certificate in Company Secretarial Law and Practice
The Diploma Centre has extended the deadline to apply for the Certificate in Company Secretarial Law and Practice. This popular course 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
The Certificate in Company Secretarial Law and Practice, which is jointly awarded by the Diploma Centre and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators (ICSA: The Governance Institute), commenced on 2 February 2021. However, late applicants who join now can “catch up” on previous lectures missed via the playback function.
For further information or to apply today, email Course Leader Liam Dunne, Solicitor, at, or go to
New Probate and Revenue Forms – online seminar
This 2 hour seminar, presented by the Probate, Administration and Trusts Committee in partnership with Law Society Professional Training, will provide a practice & procedure update with a focus on the new Probate and Revenue forms.
Mark Bradshaw, National CAT Unit, Revenue, Dublin
Mark Bradshaw has worked in various roles within the Revenue Commissioners since 2008. He is the manager of the National Capital Acquisitions Tax Unit in Personal Division and led the development of the Statement of Affairs (Probate) Form SA.2 for Revenue.
Anne Stephenson, Stephenson Burns Solicitors.
Anne is a member of STEP, the Probate Committee of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association, the Probate Administration and Trusts Committee of the Law Society of Ireland, and the Probate Liaison Committee. Anne has practised and taught law for more than 25 years. Anne lectures and tutors on the Law Society’s PPCI. Anne is a co-founder and vice president of Solicitors for the Elderly Ireland and is a co-author of three Oxford University Press books. In her practice, Anne has been retained by major financial institutions, private clients, and other professional legal and financial firms both within Ireland and overseas to provide advice and services in the areas of Wills, Trusts, Capital Taxes, Estate Planning, Probate, and the Administration of Estates.
This seminar will include a Live Q&A session 
Date: Thursday 25 February 2021 
Time: 3pm to 5pm  
Venue:  ONLINE
Fee: €135
CPD Hours:  
2 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 LSPT team will be glad to help. 
Make a Booking
To book your place click Probate Procedures Update 
For assistance, contact us on:
Tel:01 881 5727.
Popular Diploma in Employment Law returns
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 
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, The Right to Silence and Dealing with Vulnerable Witnesses in Court.
Speakers confirmed to date are Noeline Blackwell, CEO, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre and Dr Yvonne Daly, Associate Professor in Law, DCU and Fiona Donnelly, Solicitor, Senior Lecturer, QUB
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.
Are you up to date on data protection law? This certificate course can help
The Diploma Centre’s Certificate in Data Protection Practice returns on 17 February 2021. Focusing on the GDPR and how to apply it in practice, this always-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 understand 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;
•An appreciation of the powers of the Data Protection Commission and the sanctions that can be imposed for non-compliance with the regulation;
•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.
This certificate course is also ideal for those who wish to improve their data protection knowledge while dealing with a busy schedule: An introductory lecture will take place on site and will also be webcast online; thereafter, there are online lectures on Wednesdays, with online workshops on Saturdays. 
For further information, see or contact Riona Leahy, Solicitor, Course Leader by email: 
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
•Useful everyday expressions 
•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
Healthcare law, regulation and Covid-19 addressed in the Diploma in Healthcare Law
The Diploma in Healthcare Law will provide practitioners with a comprehensive overview of the law governing healthcare in this jurisdiction, as well as analysis of the relevant practice and procedure in Ireland at present, including during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Under the expert guidance of leading legal practitioners, the course will commence with an introduction to medico-legal claims handling. Constitutional and civil rights will be examined and course participants will also explore healthcare regulation, record management, and preparation for trial. The learning experience will be enhanced by practical input from the expert practitioners by way of workshops and case-study sessions. During a moot court exercise, participants will have a unique opportunity to run contested applications before a court chaired by a practising High Court judge.
The course, which begins on 25 February, is ideal for practitioners and trainees, benefitting those in a position to advise current or future clients on healthcare-related legal issues. It will also appeal to those in healthcare departments in private practice or those working in-house in regulatory bodies or other agencies. All attendees, irrespective of prior experience, will obtain a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of healthcare law and the related practice and procedure in this jurisdiction.
For further information, see or contact Riona Leahy, Solicitor, Course Leader by email: 
IMRO and Law Society Annual Copyright Lecture by Webinar: Copyright and Artificial Intelligence – 16 February
Join us for the complimentary 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
Date  16 February 2021
Time6.00pm to 8.00pm
VenueOnline 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 


The Diploma Centre and the Wheel’s charity law certificate is now open for applications
Those involved in charity or voluntary organisations can ensure their organisation is up-to-date with best practice and latest guidance with the Certificate in Charity Law, Trusteeship and Governance. This course begins Friday 26 February 2021. 
This certificate course represents a collaboration between the Law Society of Ireland’s Diploma Centre and The Wheel, Ireland’s national charity association. The course aims to provide practitioners and those working in the charity, community and voluntary sector with an overview of the law and best practice in the relevant areas. The course has a very practical emphasis and will equip participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to maintain integrity and uphold standards.
The charity sector in Ireland is facing many challenges due to the impact of Covid-19, in particular the effect it has had on fundraising and service continuity. Additionally, the establishment of the Charities Regulator, increasing regulatory & funding requirements (including the introduction in late 2018 of the Regulator’s Charities Governance Code), and developments on the horizon in terms of funding and competitive tendering herald changes that need to be taken on board to shape the future of this sector in Ireland. 
Our practical approach and the use of an online forum ensure that attendees can learn both from lecturers and from the knowledge sharing and peer-to-peer aspect that is encouraged in interactive sessions.  
For further information on the course and the application process visit the Diploma Centre pages on our website or contact Course Leader Suzanne Crilly, Solicitor, on 
Learn the fundamentals of commercial contracts with this certificate
Applications are open for the Certificate in Commercial Contracts, which commences 6 March 2021. This course provides an understanding of the fundamental competencies required by the commercial lawyer when drafting, reviewing and negotiating commercial agreements. It includes guidance on the structure and format of commercial contracts and emphasises the importance of using clear and concise language when drafting such agreements.
Experienced practitioners provide drafting tips and best practice recommendations on how best to ensure that your commercial contracts provide legal and commercial certainty. The course begins with generic drafting advice, examining standard boilerplate provisions, before considering issues pertinent to specific practice areas in more depth. This course will benefit:
•Public sector, private sector and in-house solicitors who deal with commercial contracts on a daily basis;
•Trainee solicitors and students seeking to expand their knowledge of the commercial industry;
•Barristers who practice in the areas of commercial litigation, chancery and contract law; and
•Other suitably qualified professionals who are involved in negotiation and drafting commercial agreements.
For further information, go to or contact Course Leader Cian Monahan, Solicitor, by email at