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Autumn suite of conferences

The suite of update conferences presented in collaboration with Law Society Committees and Law Society Professional Training continues through October and November.

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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.

Launch of new Advanced Advocacy Course for Solicitors

A new 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). 

International NITA advocacy trainers and Irish subject matter experts will use dynamic interactive teaching methods to lead participants through this valuable 5 day course. Sessions will take place in the purpose-built, state-of-the-art Mock Courtroom in the Law Society of Ireland and are geared towards all skill levels and areas of advocacy. The unique learning-by-doing method will place participants in the courtroom, where they will be guided on key applications and motion hearings in 4 fundamental areas of practice including Family Law, Employment, Insolvency and Banking Enforcement.

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. The programme is based on the following modular scheme and covers key themes as listed below. 


With the support of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) we are delighted to offer two bursaries on the Diploma in Advocacy Skills. Applications will be considered from solicitors who are involved in public interest litigation or who provide pro bono services and who would normally be self-funding a course of this nature. Please apply by Friday 12 October.

Applicants are required to:

  • complete a detailed application form
  • submit a personal statement outlining the nature of their work and how the Diploma will benefit their on-going public service. (max. 750 words)
  • supply details of a referee


For further information visit  or contact Dr Freda Grealy by email: or telephone: 01 672 4946.


Just 2 places left-Executive Leadership Programme - Starting this Friday 12 October 2018

Want to make a mark with the next stage of your career? Interested in developing leadership skills and knowledge? Join our third Executive Leadership programme starting this Friday (12 October) in the inspiring environment of the National Gallery of Ireland.   


Designed and delivered in partnership with exceptional leadership consultancies we combine cutting-edge Harvard Business School models with leading wisdom from the worlds of psychology and organisational development. Our diverse team ranges from a psychotherapist specialising in the legal community to a former Ireland rugby captain.


We equip participants to take control of their careers and exert leadership and influence in all kinds of professional settings. We have successfully trained lawyers from a range of sectors including (large, medium and small scale) private practice, corporate, in-house, general counsel, local authority and other governmental bodies. Our Programme also attracts professionals from other sectors - adding to the range of perspectives and expertise within the group.


Programme Content


  • Module 1: Leadership in Perspective; Setting the context
    Friday 12 October 2018 (9.30am-5.00pm) Led by Antoinette Moriarty & Eadine Hickey


  • Module 2: Leading Self; Uncovering your leadership style
    Friday 2 Nov 2018 (9.30am-5.00pm) & Saturday 3 Nov 2018 (9.30am-5.00pm) Led by Antoinette Moriarty & Philip Matthews


  • Module 3: Leading People; Leading People for success
    Friday 25 Jan 2019 (9.30am-5.00pm) & Saturday 26 Jan 2019 (9.30am-5.00pm) Led by Colette Cahalane & Clare Vallely


  • Module 4: Leading Business/Practice; Making your Leadership real
    Friday 22 March 2019 (9.30am-5.00pm) & Saturday 23 March 2019 (9.30am-5.00pm) Led by Eadine Hickey & Gerry Prizeman

Visit the Executive Leadership webpage


In addition to the four Modules a unique feature of this Programme is the opportunity to avail of three 1:1 Executive Coaching Sessions.


Join us – we will significantly increase your personal effectiveness and the effectiveness of your teams, while enabling you to reach your full career potential.


Download Executive Leadership brochure


View the video testimonial from past participants


For more information or to apply, contact the team at

Popular Insurance Law course commences on 18 October 2018

Applications are now being accepted for the Diploma in Insurance Law.  This diploma will provide participants with an overview of the (re)insurance industry in Ireland and provide comprehensive coverage of all key issues relating to (re)insurance law and the litigation of insurance claims.


Ireland has become a major location for international insurance, with ten of the top twenty largest global insurance companies operating here. Particular strengths of the industry lie in the captive insurance and reinsurance areas. As well as huge growth in the industry, there has also been significant change, particularly in the regulatory environment, with the introduction of Solvency II Directive in 2016. 

The course will examine insurance concepts and underline the importance of understanding key insurance documentation. It will ensure that participants are aware of the important legal issues relating to both personal and commercial insurances and the legal issues pertaining to claims. 

Leading experts will consider the main legal liability insurance areas such as public liability, occupier liability, professional indemnity, and employer liability insurance. There will be a detailed examination of the Court process, case management, and alternative dispute resolution. We will offer an insight into key issues such as the reinsurance industry, insurance fraud, the MIBI, legal issues relating to intermediaries, assignments, and liquidations. The effects of new legislation on compliance in the industry will also be analysed – regulation (Solvency II Directive) and data protection (the introduction of GDPR). Finally, the applied insurance module will give an overview of construction, cyber insurance, and other growth areas. 


Lecturers and tutors will be drawn from the leading law firms specialising in insurance law, insurance and reinsurance companies, insurance brokers, captive insurance and intermediaries from Ireland and the UK, and from the Central Bank of Ireland. 


For further information visit or contact Cian Monahan by email: or telephone: 01 672 4990.



Celebrate World Mental Health Day - BOOK TODAY for Professional Wellbeing 24 October

Few solicitors have had any psychological training. Yet you work with a complex array of demanding clients, in varying stages of distress! Our workshop draws upon the latest psychological research and clinical practices that are aimed at supporting you – both personally and professionally.


Delivered by an award-winning education and professional development team we are offering you a well-earned relaxing afternoon away from your office to consider ways of enhancing your wellbeing as well as wellbeing of your clients. Held in Green Hall, Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin on 24 October 2018 from 2.00pm to 5.00pm (3 hours of Management CPD), Professional Wellbeing Seminar will provide insight into the following topics:

  • The psychology of solicitor-client communication
  • How to work optimally with clients who are demanding, upset, distressed or angry
  • Learn what triggers your own stress and how this can impact your relational style
  • Consider what emotional and psychological ‘scaffolding’ you require to avoid vicarious trauma or burn-out.

Workshop Facilitators:

  • Paul Hitchings, Counselling Psychologist
  • Antoinette Moriarty, Psychotherapist & Law School Counselling Service Manager 
  • Mary B Jackson, LawCare Co-ordinator for Ireland

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Tel:      01 881 5727

Launch of new advanced writing course

This autumn create career success through developing your writing and drafting, while satisfying your CPD requirements for 2018. This new course begins on 5 October 2018 and explores the important principles and practice of communication with clients, colleagues and counterparts, led by expert Judith Raphaely (Lawyer, Bright Exchanges).


Judith (trainer with some of Ireland’s leading law firms) will use dynamic interactive teaching methods to lead participants through this valuable 4-day course. Her unique learning-by-doing method allows participants to develop their writing as the key to professional success. Judith will share exclusively her extensive knowledge on influencing with impact, including how to maximise skills and strategies to achieve your desired results by writing effectively.

From client-focused writing to pitfalls in drafting legal documents, this highly engaging, practical and interactive course will also provide the opportunity to network with peers, and to be introduced to like-minded colleagues. 

The programme is based on a module scheme and covers these key themes:

Module 1: The business of writing

  • Differentiating professional from academic writing – the communication ‘radio’
  • Focusing your writing and keeping it ‘clean’ by separating the writing process into stages
  • Structure, layout and look
  • How to make readers think you are smarter


Module 2: Mind your gaps

  • Why grammar, punctuation and spelling matter – managing risk, accuracy and ambiguity
  • What has changed since you learned this?
  • Parts of speech individually and when combined – focusing on common mistakes
  • Where punctuation changes the meaning, including a case on a comma
  • Spelling and words commonly confused


Module 3: Context and tone

  • Being a reader
  • Legal advice – why and how to structure it
  • Emails, letters and updates
  • How do you sound professional? What makes you sound hesitant?


Module 4: Drafting legal documents

  • Ambiguity and the client
  • Using precedents
  • Drafting from scratch
  • Principles of interpretation


Module 5: Dangers in drafting

  • Deceptively simple words: any/ all, and/ or
  • Lack of accuracy in standard clauses
  • Time periods


This course is suitable for lawyers at all levels, whether solicitor, barrister, or in-house. Previous delegates in firms have ranged from trainees to managing partners.

For further information visit  or contact Siobhan Phelan by email: or telephone 01 672 4975 




Now taking bookings for Autumn Cluster events in Monaghan, Mayo, Dublin, Cork and Kilkenny

Law Society Finuas Skillnet continues the Autumn Cluster programme through October and November. As always, the Finuas Skillnet Cluster events are designed and presented in partnership with local bar associations.


Below are the dates and venues. 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 12 OctoberMONAGHAN, Glencarn Hotel, North East CPD Day – 7 CPD Hours..


  • Thursday 18 OctoberCASTLEBAR, Breaffy House Hotel – Connaught Solicitors’ Symposium Part I - 4 CPD Hours.


  • Friday 19 OctoberCASTLEBAR, Breaffy House Hotel – Connaught Solicitors’ Symposium Part II - 6 CPD Hours.


  • Friday 9 NovemberDUBLIN, Mansion House. Practice & Regulation Event – 6 CPD Hours. 


  • Friday 16 NovemberCORK, Kingsley Hotel. Practitioner Update 2018 – 6 CPD Hours. 


  • Friday 23 NovemberKILKENNY, Hotel Kilkenny. General Practice Update 2018 – 6 CPD Hours. 


Need more information?

Contact us on 01 8815727 or email the team at


Introducing a New Certificate in Agribusiness and Food Law

This new course offered by the Diploma Centre begins on 20 October 2018. The course will appeal to seasoned professionals who are looking for a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the practical issues that arise when advising clients from the agribusiness and food sector.

The agri-food sector is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry, employing 8.4% of the working population. The value and volume of the agri-food sector exports has shown year on year increase, and as at 2016 accounted for €12.20 billion. Providing legal services to this fast moving and dynamic sector requires not only a comprehensive understanding of the law but also of the business environment that applies. 

This certificate will provide you with the legal knowledge required to advise agri-food clients together with a practical understanding of the business environments in which such clients operate. You will be provided with an insight into the legislative and regulatory structures that apply to the sector, together with an analysis of recent case law. The syllabus is designed to give comprehensive coverage of the ‘farm-to-fork’ related legal issues that apply in this vibrant part of our economy. The rules and regulations that apply to more specialised and growing areas of farming, such as the organic food & farming will be dealt with in later modules. The programme is based on the following modular scheme and covers key themes as listed below:


Module 1: The overall framework

  • Evolution of farming and food law/regulation
  • Government agencies and bodies
  • EU & international policy
  • The Common Agricultural Policy
  • Food Harvest 2020 & Food Wise 2025
  • Agri Tax Review

Module 2: The regulatory framework

  • Dry stock (beef, sheep and goats)
  • Tillage (crops and horticulture)
  • Poultry & fish
  • Rural development
  • Environmental regulation

Module 3: Food regulation

  • Traceability
  • Factory (animal processing)
  • Packaging (retail)
  • Food Safety Authority of Ireland
  • Food labelling
  • Meat labelling
  • Food technology

Module 4: Organic food & farming

  • Relevant Regulations & SIs
  • Rules on organic production and labelling of organic products
  • Rules on organic aquaculture animal and seaweed production
  • Importing of products from outside the EU
  • Farmers’ markets & direct farm sales

Module 5: Enforcement & audit

  • Department of agriculture notices/ prosecutions
  • Appeals to the Agriculture Appeals Office
  • Prosecutions by the Inland Fisheries
  • Environmental Protection Agency prosecutions
  • At farm level & of processors
  • Retailors & exporters

Module 6: Farming & the law (Part 1)

  • Commercial contract issues
  • Solar & windfarms
  • Collaborative farming models
  • Boundary disputes
  • Livestock disputes
  • Rights of way and trespass

Module 7: Farming & the law (Part 2)

  • Health & safety
  • Legal separation / divorce
  • Succession planning and will drafting
  • Agri tax
  • Employment law


For further information visit  or contact Rory O’ Boyle by email: or telephone: 01 8815774




New course offers a practical understanding of Construction Dispute Mediation

This new Certificate in Construction Dispute Mediation, beginning on 23 October 2018, is specifically orientated towards parties who would like to learn more about mediation as an effective dispute resolution forum for construction disputes.


This course will focus primarily on the practical preparatory steps required for a successful mediation and will bring participants through a typical mediation process, from when to decide to go to mediation, deciding on the mediator, directions and process meetings with the mediator, steps to be taken before the mediation, and what to do on the mediation day itself to ensure optimum chances of settlement.


The programme is based on the following module scheme and covers key themes as listed below:


·         Module 1: When and why go to mediation

·         Module 2: Working with the Mediator

·         Module 3: Information gathering

·         Module 4: Dealing with experts

·         Module 5: Dealing with clients

·         Module 6: Preparing the Mediation Statement

·         Module 7: An overview of the Mediation


The teaching faculty for this diploma comprises a fantastic array of mediators, experts and lawyers who are extremely experienced in construction dispute mediation and who can bring that invaluable practical experience to bear in lectures. 


Lecturers include:

  • Gavin Carty, Kent Carty Solicitors
  • Rossa Fanning SC, The Law Library
  • Fiona Forde BL, The Law Library
  • Helen Kilroy, McCann Fitzgerald Solicitors
  • Aidan O’Connell, AOCA Engineering Consultants
  • James O’Donoghue, Bluett & O’Donoghue Architects
  • Kevin Rudden, Garland Consulting Engineers



For further information please visit or contact Dr Freda Grealy by email:  or telephone: 01 6724946






Limited availability: Fundamentals of Technology and Intellectual Property Law – starting Friday 23 November 2018

As one of the fastest growing areas of practice, knowledge of technology and intellectual property law is key to internationalising the skills and expertise of Irish professionals.

This intensive introductory course is therefore relevant to solicitors, barristers, IT professionals and marketing and communications professionals both in the private and public sector.

The course fee (€1,200/€1,100*) includes an iPad mini & Interactive eBook on Technology & IP Law.

This course will be delivered over a period of two half-days and two full-days. As well as independent learning, the course will incorporate the use of iPads in interactive lectures and workshops. The iPad is an invaluable educational tool which will provide you with quick and easy access to all course materials via iTunes U. Participants will also be provided with an interactive, multi-touch e-book on Technology and Intellectual Property Law which will complement and support learners.

Course Content

  • Patents and Confidential Information
  • Copyright
  • Applied Copyright
  • Ecommerce
  • IT Contracts
  • Data Protection
  • Social Media 

Make a Booking

For more information, or to book online, visit the course web page

Alternatively, to register your place by post, download a booking form

Need assistance? Contact us on:

Tel:     01 881 5727


* Discount fee applicable to Law Society Finuas Skillnet members

THE Essential Property Transactions Masterclass – starts November 2018

Enhance your understanding of the key areas of practice, from the fundamentals of property transactions through to complex and commercial property transactions.


This Property Transactions Masterclass is divided into three discrete modules:


  1. Fundamentals of Property Transactions
  2. Complex Property Transactions
  3. Commercial Property Transactions


Attend one, two or all three modules. Fees include an iPad, interactive eBook and OUP Conveyancing and Landlord & Tenant Law manuals.


Module 1: Fundamentals of Property Transactions will take place on the afternoon of Friday 30 November and on Saturday 1 December 2018.


Topics covered include Investigation of title, contracts, planning, searches, requisitions, undertakings and conflict of interest, ethical and regulatory issues, liability and risk, difficulties at completion, remedies, triggers for first registration and the funding aspects of buying, selling and leasing.


Module 2: Complex Property Transactions will take place on the afternoon of Friday 11 January and on Saturday 12 January 2019.


Topics covered include Compulsory first registration, land registry rules and complex land registry dealings, easements, transmissions, multi-unit developments, mapping, tax issues in conveyancing, local property tax, household charge and NPPR.


Module 3: Commercial Property Transactions will take place on the afternoon of Friday 8 February and on Saturday 9 February 2019.


Topics covered include Commercial lending, property issues in insolvency, examinership and liquidation, NAMA, the obligations relating to VAT, CGT and CAT, commercial leases, rent review, alienation and repair, how to negotiate and handle disputes and landlord and tenant reform proposals.


Make a Booking

To book your place by post, full programme details and speaker bios visit the programme website


Need assistance? Contact us on:


Tel:      01 881 5727


Need Management CPD? Chose from Negotiation Skills and Time Management

Law Society Professional Training is pleased to announce two exciting new courses running this December, Negotiation Skills and Time Management for Lawyers.

The Negotiation Skills course is designed to provide participants with the skills necessary to negotiate effectively in the legal world and optimise negotiation results on behalf of their clients or on their own behalf.

The Time Management for Lawyers course focuses on the skills necessary to manage time more efficiently and effectively, in order to maximise productivity – including, where relevant, billable hours – and also retain a positive work-life balance.


  • Negotiation Skills for Lawyers, Monday 3 December 2018, 2.00pm - 5.30pm
  • Time Management for Lawyers, Wednesday 5 December 2018, 2.00pm - 5:00pm


Both events take place at the Law Society of Ireland.



Henry Hely Hutchinson, Hely Hutchinson Training.


Make a Booking

Visit the Law Society website for more details and to book online


Alternatively, to register your place by post - download a booking form for your preferred course 


Contact us


Tel:      01 881 5727





Join us for the Assisted Decision Making Act 2015 Symposium - Decision Making Capacity in Practice

This symposium will deal with the mechanisms involved and the implications of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act, 2015 Act for a wide range of professional sectors. The panel of expert speakers are from legal practice, academia and the HSE. The event will include an interactive panel discussion – a broad spectrum of stakeholders including representatives from the medical, legal and financial sectors will share their personal observations and insights on the challenges arising in practice.

Date:  30 November, 2018

Time:  10am - 5.15pm  

Venue:  Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin

Fee:  €176

Discounted* Fee:  €150

CPD Hours:  3.5 General and 2 Management and Professional Development Skills (by Group Study)



Patricia Rickard-Clarke, Solicitor  

Anne Stephenson, Stephenson Solicitors

Professor Mary Donnelly, University College Cork  

Caoimhe Gleeson, National Programme Lead for Assisted Decision Making, HSE.

Keith Walsh, Keith Walsh Solicitors, Dublin

Áine Flynn, Director of the Decision Support Service, Mental Health Commission  

Nora Lillis, William Fry Solicitors  

Margaret Walsh, Sheil Solicitors  



Anne Stephenson, Stephenson Solicitors

Dr Illona Duffy, GP

Cedric Heather/Barry Kennelly, Davys Stockbrockers

Caoimhe Gleeson, National Programme Lead for Assisted Decision Making, HSE

Professor Niall Pender, Principal Clinical Neuropsychologist/Head of Department

Psychology Ireland 

Dr David Robinson, St James Hospital

Siobhan Nunn, Principal Social Worker, HSE

Louise Loughlin, National Safeguarding Committee (NSA)

Chartered Accountants representative


Make a booking:


Visit the Law Society website for more details and to book online


Alternatively, to register your place by post – download a booking form


Need assistance contact us on:



Tel: 01 881 5727

GDPR and Your Firm – eLearning Resource from the IP and DP Law Committee

Would you like a detailed and practical look at preparing your firm for the GDPR? Law Society Finuas Skillnet in partnership with the Intellectual Property & Data Protection Law Committee has prepared an eLearning resource to assist practitioners.

GDPR - How to get your law firm GDPR ready: a practical guide for practitioners


  • Fee: €115
  • CPD Hours: 3.5 Regulatory Matters (by eLearning)
  • Delivery Method: This is an eLearning course and is available online until 31/12/18

The General Data Protection Regulation came into effect on 25 May 2018.  GDPR represents an “evolution” of rights and obligations, but a “revolution” in respect of the administrative compliance burden and sanctions for non-compliance.  Law firms need to comply with increased data protection obligations and also need to show ‘accountability’. This will include a need to demonstrate compliance by having policies and procedures in place.

This on-line seminar is an opportunity to have a practical look at what is required. This is a practical seminar, which aims to give guidance to practitioners in order to assist them in becoming GDPR compliant. The session answers many frequently asked questions and includes details and practical guidance on:

  • The main requirements of GDPR including the main changes from existing data protection law
  • The Irish Data Protection Bill
  • Recommended steps for compliance
  • Recommended notices, policies and contracts which law firms should have in place to assist in evidencing GDPR compliance


To order the course:

  • Visit the Law Society’s website for more details and to book online
  • For additional GDPR Resources visit the GDPR and Data Protection Webpage


Need assistance? Contact us on:

Tel:      01 881 5727



Fintech Symposium 2018 - Killarney Park Hotel, Kerry

This programme is essential for all IFS professionals, insurance professionals and in-house IFS Counsel who are looking to develop and enhance their legal and FinTech knowledge and skills. It is also an opportunity to network with FinTech professionals.


The venue is Killarney Park Hotel which is adjacent to Killarney Irish Rail Station and the Symposium is timed to allow convenient rail travel from Heuston Station, Dublin.

The Killarney Park Hotel is also approximately a 20-minute drive from Kerry Airport

For train times visit

Date: Friday 30 November, 2018
Time: 11.00am to 5.00pm
Fee: €176/€150 (for Law Society Finuas Skillnet members)
CPD: 1 hr Regulatory Matters (Incl AML and Accounting Compliance) plus 4 hours general (by Group Study)

Topics and Issues to be covered

  • Anti-Money Laundering  and Corruption –  Emerging and Challenging Themes for Businesses
  • FinTech – State of the Art and the Rise of Digital Assets
  • PSD2 – What We Know Now – Implementation and Use Cases
  • Consumer Protection and PSD2 – A Regulatory Perspective
  • GDPR – The Interplay with PSD2

Chairpersons and Speakers include:

Patrick Dorgan, Senior Vice President, Law Society of Ireland, Dublin

Paul Healy, CEO, Skillnet Ireland, Dublin

Ruth McCarthy, CEO, Fexco Corporate Payments (Chair), Kerry

Paula Reid, A&L Goodbody, Dublin

Michael Ashe SC

Philip O’Reilly, Professor of FinTech and Information Systems, University College Cork

Christopher Martin, A&L Goodbody, Dublin

Claire Fitzpatrick, ConsenSys Ireland, Dublin

Frank Kelly, Director FK Consulting, Dublin

Kevin O’Brien, Head of Division, Consumer Protection – Policy and Authorisations, Central Bank of Ireland

Anne-Marie Bohan, Matheson Solicitors, Dublin 


Make a Booking

Visit the Law Society website for more details and to book 

Alternatively, to register your place by post download the booking form

Need assistance? Contact us on:


Tel:      01 881 5727