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The annual Practice and Regulation Symposium webinar and live Q&A - 2 December
The annual Dublin Symposium: 2 Management & Professional Development and 2 Regulatory Matters (including 2 accounting and AML compliance) CPD hours. Topics - Cyber Security: A case study of a practitioner victim to a cyber fraud attack and An Garda Síochána perspective and guidance; Anti-Money Laundering Update 2020; S.150 – One Year On.
 
Law Society Finuas Skillnet in association with Dublin Solicitors’ Bar Association
 
Topics and Issues to be covered
 
• Cyber Security

A case study of a practitioner victim to a cyber fraud attack

Cyber crime in Ireland – An Garda Síochána Perspective and Guidance

 
• Anti-Money Laundering Update 2020
The growth of AML
Dispelling the AML myths: insights and learnings from solicitor enquiries to the AML Helpline
AML during the Covid-19 Crisis - Guidance
Navigating AML and AML Resources
 
• S.150 – One Year On – where are we now and where are we going?
 
Chairpersons and Speakers include
 
• John Elliot, Director of Regulation, Law Society of Ireland
• Paul Keane, Member Council of Law Society of Ireland, Chair Law Society Legal Services Regulation Act Task Force, Partner Reddy Charlton Solicitors, Dublin
• Detective Chief Superintendent Patrick Lordan, Garda National Economic Crime Bureau Financial Intelligence Unit
• Ann O’Neill, Principal Ann O’Neill Family Law, Dublin 
• Keith Walsh, Member Law Society Legal Services Regulation Act Task Force, Principal Keith Walsh Solicitors Dublin
• Emma-Jane Williams, Secretary to AML Task Force, Law Society of Ireland
 
The aim and objective of this symposium is to provide an opportunity for practitioners to update their knowledge in areas of practice management and regulation. Topics will be covered which are of relevance to those in general practice, in-house and in specialised firms.  The webinar will include live Q&A sessions.
 
For more information and to make a booking
To book your place, click Practice & Regulation Symposium
 
For assistance, contact us on:
Email: finuasskillnet@lawsociety.ie
Tel: 01 881 5727.
 
Final applications now being accepted for the Certificate in Immigration Law and Practice
Final applications are being accepted for the Diploma Centre’s Certificate in Immigration Law and Practice, which begins on 5 November. 
 
This certificate will offer an in-depth analysis of immigration law and its application in Ireland. The central pieces of legislation covered by the course include the Aliens Acts, the Immigration Acts, the Refugee Act 1996, the Illegal Immigrants (Trafficking) Act 2000, the Irish Nationality and Citizenship Acts, the International Protection Act 2015, and the numerous statutory instruments covering immigration and citizenship. The course also scrutinises the manner in which this legislation has been interpreted over the years by the courts, the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) and by Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS).
 
The course examines:
 
• The legal, social and political context of immigration to Ireland;
• The various visa and stamp categories that permit entry to and residence in the State, including employment and business visas;
• Issues associated with asylum, subsidiary protection, and forced migration; and
• Issues relating to deportation, removal, and repatriation.
 
Participants will be guided through the practical aspects of the law by experienced legal practitioners, members of the public sector, and high-ranking representatives of international bodies, non-governmental organisations, and large multinationals. 
 
This course begins on 5 November 2020. However, as this course is available to access live online or on demand on “playback” at a time that suits you, applicants may still join at this time. 
 
For further information visit: www.lawsociety.ie/diplomacentre or contact Course Leader Patricia Harvey BL by emailing P.Harvey@LawSociety.ie  
 
The In-House and Public Sector Annual Conference 2020 – 5 November
This annual conference, presented by the In-house and Public Sector Committee in partnership with Law Society Finuas Skillnet is aimed at solicitors employed in-house in the private and public sectors. 
Join us online on November 5th and you will hear from keynote speaker, Amanda Shantz, who will speak about Enhancing the Effectiveness of the In-House Legal Team, as well as Derek Hegarty who will explore Legal Professional Privilege and the In-House Solicitor. 
 
Both presentations will be followed by a panel discussion, where panel members from both, private and public sectors will share their personal observations and insights so that you can leave the day with practical and actionable tips and tools. Panellists include: Nicholas Donnelly, Head of Legal Unit, Department of Justice and Equality; Méabh Gallagher, Director of Corporate Governance & Legal Counsel, Data Protection Officer, Aer Lingus; Hugh O’Neill, In-house counsel, An Post and Laura McGovern, Senior Legal Advisor, Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.
 
If you have any questions, or concerns about attending an online event, please do not hesitate to get in touch. A member of the Finuas Skillnet team will be glad to help. 
 
Make a Booking
To book your place, click In-house and Public Sector Conference
 
For assistance, contact us on:
Email: finausskillnet@lawsociety.ie
Tel: 01 881 5727.
 
 
The Certificate in Trademark Law returns!
Beginning 10 November 2020, the Diploma Centre’s Certificate in Trademark Law will provide a practical approach to trademark law that equips participants with the necessary skills to deal with issues that arise in practice.
 
It also assists with preparing for the Registered Trademark Agent exam which is offered by the Intellectual Property Office of Ireland (IPOI – formerly the Irish Patents Office). 
 
This programme gives participants an insight into the law and practice of trademarks. The course focuses on the legal principles and practical procedures for registering a trademark at the Irish Patents Office, the European Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), and the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO), as well as how to deal with objections and oppositions. In addition, we examine the process of managing a trademark portfolio and dealing with revocation and invalidity.
 
The course also provides a detailed analysis of applicable procedures for enforcement of trademark rights, infringement, and passing-off, together with an examination of applicable defences. Finally, a module on advanced trademarks will guide students through the topical areas of online infringement, web-blocking orders, domain name infringement, and plain packaging legislation. It also covers the topic of design law as this is now examined on the Registered Trademark Agent exam offered by the IPOI.
  
The course will be of interest to solicitors, barristers and trainees who are working in the area of intellectual property or to IP professionals.  
 
For further information visit: www.lawsociety.ie/diplomacentre or contact Course Leader Claire O’ Mahony, Solicitor, by emailing: C.OMahony@lawsociety.ie 
 
Essential Solicitors’ Update: advising the farmer, law tech, PRAI, civil litigation, family law – 6 November
Mayo, Limerick and Clare Bar Associations have come together with Law Society Finuas Skillnet. Join them on November 6th and hear from speakers including: Robert Lowney, Learning Technologist, Teaching Enhancement Unit, Dublin City University; Aisling Meehan, Principal Agricultural Solicitors, Co Clare; Roger Murray, Senior Counsel, Managing Partner, Callan Tansey Solicitors, Sligo; John O’Shea, Property Registration Authority and Keith Walsh, Principal, Keith Walsh Solicitors, Dublin.
 
Topics to be discussed on the day are, Advising farmer clients - farm transfers, partnerships, tax relief, grant relief schemes, Law Tech: technology tools for lawyers: a guide to apps and technology to help the busy lawyer, Property Registration Authority update - first registration and possessory registration plus hot topics to watch, Civil Litigation update including: recent developments in litigation and the courts, new rules and practice directions, Covid-19 implications, The Family Law Act 2019 – Practice & Procedure implications under the new regime. There will also be a Live Q&A session with the speakers. 
 
For more information and to make a booking
To book your place, click Essential Solicitors' Update
For assistance, contact us on:
Email: lspt@lawsociety.ie
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: www.lawsociety.ie/diplomacentre or contact Patricia Harvey BL, Course Leader, at P.Harvey@LawSociety.ie. 
 
Kilkenny CPD event: General Practice Update 2020 – online 13 November
This year’s event has an excellent line up of expert speakers and topics. We cannot meet them in person but we can meet them by webinar with live Q&A. Topics and speakers include: probate (Anne Stephenson), conveyancing (Margaret Finlay), s150 (Susan Martin), Residential Tenancies Board (Dervla Quinn), civil litigation (Colette Reid).
General Practice Update 2020
Law Society Finuas Skillnet in association with Carlow Bar Association, Kilkenny Bar Association, Wexford Bar Association and Waterford Law Society
DateFriday 13 November 2020
Time 11.00am to 4.00pm 
Venue Online webinar with live Q&A sessions
Fee €135 
CPD Hours 3.5 General 
0.5 Regulatory Matters (Accounting and AML) 
Total 4 hours (by eLearning)
Topics and Issues to be covered
• Probate 2020 Hot Topics including:
o practice and procedure guidance to best practice
o changes to probate forms and practice
o Covid-19 implications
• Conveyancing and PRAI 
o Stamp duty update
o Young Farmers Relief, residential and non-residential
o PRAI and life tenants
o Recent updates
• S150 where are we now? 
• Residential Tenancies Board Cases
o Including what is a lawful termination
o Timelines and precedent documents?
• Civil Litigation update: to include
o Recent developments in litigation and the courts. 
o New rules and practice directions 
o e-discovery 
o Covid-19 implications
Chairperson and Speakers include
• Margaret Finlay, Principal, Finlay and Company Solicitors, Dublin
• Susan Martin, Principal Martin Solicitors, Dublin
• Dervla Quinn, Principal Quinn & Co Solicitors, Wicklow, Panel Member Residential Tenancies Board
• Colette Reid, Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland
• Anne Stephenson, Principal Stephenson Burns Solicitors, Dublin
Make a Booking
To book your place, click General Practice Update 2020
For assistance, contact us on:
Email: lspt@lawsociety.ie
Tel: 01 881 5727.
 
In-house lawyers – are you prepared to meet strategic challenges in 2021?
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 15 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: www.lawsociety.ie/diplomacentre or contact Course Leader Cian Monahan, Solicitor, by email: C.Monahan@LawSociety.ie

 

Personal Injuries Litigation Masterclass – 10 & 18 November 2020
This masterclass comprises of online lectures and interactive online tutorials with experienced practitioners dealing with the key elements of and recent developments in general personal injuries claims. It will also address the Covid-19 measures as they impact personal injuries litigation.
 
The topics will include; the Statute of Limitations; the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB); Personal injuries practice and procedure under the Civil Liability and Courts Act 2004 (as amended) and the rules of court; Damages (recent trends and issues); the impact of Covid-19 on personal injuries litigation ;  Section 26 applications; Data access in personal injuries matters; recent case law; Claims involving an injured child; Claims involving schools; Practical considerations in claims against clubs; Bullying and harassment claims; Good practice and ethical issues; and Costs, including s.150 letters and adjudication.
 
Speakers confirmed to date are Colette Reid, Solicitor and Programme Director the Law Society of Ireland; Suzanne Hill, Solicitor and Assessor with PIAB; Noel Guiden, Legal Costs Accountant and Managing Partner of Behan & Assoc.; Niamh Mc Hugh BL; Sinéad Nunan, Managing Partner, Michael Houlihan & Partners, Solicitors and Stephen Hanaphy BL.
 
Prior to the event, you will receive all speaker presentations, materials and educational resources to assist you during this masterclass and to enable you to participate in the live Q&A session on the day. 
 
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
 
For assistance, contact us on:
Email: lspt@lawsociety.ie
Tel: 01 881 5727.

 

Applications are now open for the popular 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 www.lawsociety.ie/diplomacentre or contact Course Leader Liam Dunne, Solicitor, at L.Dunne@LawSociety.ie. 

 

The Business Law Update 2020 – 12 November 2020
This annual conference is designed by the Business Law committee in partnership with Law Society Professional Training. This online conference will deal with topical issues including a company Law update, the execution of documents, competition law enforcement in the Covid-19 era, the impact of Covid-19 on contractual obligations and distressed M&A – buyer considerations. The aim of this conference is to provide business law practitioners with an overview of recent and on-going developments in business law practice from a practical perspective.   
Join Neil Keenan, Partner, Byrne Wallace, Dublin as he chairs the event and hosts expert speakers, including, Justin McKenna, Partner, Mason Hayes Curran; Suzanne Kearney, Professional Support Lawyer, Arthur Cox; Philip Andrews, Partner, McCann Fitzgerald; Sean Nolan, Partner, Clark Hill Solicitors LLP and Philip Daly, Partner, LK Shields. 
 
You will receive speaker presentations and important information prior to the event and will get the opportunity to participate in the live Q&A session with the speakers on the day of the event. 
 
 
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 your place, click The Business Law Update 2020
 
For assistance, contact us on:
Email: lspt@lawsociety.ie
Tel: 01 881 5727.

 

Cork and Kerry CPD practitioner day – webinar 20 November
Join by webinar to hear the following: probate (Padraic Courtney), residential tenancies (David Soden), farm transfers and partnerships (Aisling Meehan), legal tech in the firm (Pat Mullins), civil litigation (Colette Reid).
You do not need to be in Cork or Kerry to participate in this CPD event! You can register and log on from anywhere to learn from these experts and to participate in the Q&A.
Practitioner Update Cork & Kerry 2020
Date Friday 20 November 2020
Time 11.00am to 4.00pm
Venue Online webinar with live Q&A sessions
 
 
Fee €135 
CPD Hours 3.5 Hours General
0.5 Management & Professional Development Skills,
Total 4 Hours  (by eLearning)
Topics and Issues to be covered
 
• Probate update
o Practice and procedure
o Covid-19 issues
• Advising the farmer: Farm Transfers and Partnerships
• Residential Tenancies Board:
o An update, 
o Practice and procedure
o Covid-19  issues
• Civil Litigation update
o Recent developments in litigation and the courts. 
o New rules and practice directions 
o e-discovery
o Covid-19 implications
• Legal Tech: using technology in the law firm to support office operations, case management, marketing etc. 
 
Chairperson and Speakers include
Padraic Courtney, Solicitor, Course Manager, Secretary to Probate and Trusts Committee, Law Society of Ireland
Aisling Meehan, Principal Agricultural Solicitors, Co Clare
Pat Mullins, Partner BDM Boylan Solicitors, Cork
Colette Reid, Solicitor, Course Manager, Secretary to Civil litigation Committee, Law Society of Ireland
David Soden, Principal David Soden Solicitors, Dublin
Make a Booking
To book your place, click Practitioner Update Cork & Kerry 2020
For assistance, contact us on:
Email: lspt@lawsociety.ie
Tel: 01 881 5727.

 

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, to 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, 17, 24 November and 1, 8, 15 December 2020
Time: 4.00pm to 5.00pm
Fee: €330
Discounted* Fee: €270
CPD Hours: 6 Management & Professional Development Skills (by eLearning)
 
Make a Booking
 
For assistance, contact us on:
Email: finausskillnet@lawsociety.ie
Tel: 01 881 5727
 
*Law Society Finuas Skillnet members only

 

Employment Law update – online conference 26 November
The Employment & Equality Law Committee in collaboration with Law Society Professional Training will host the Employment Law Update 2020 online on 26 November with live question and answers and panel discussion.
The objective of this online seminar is to provide practitioners with an update on recent changes to areas of employment law, practice and procedure and other relevant topics including Redundancies and a mindful approach to organizational management. 
This year’s seminar will include a live panel discussion on remote working and the employment law and practice implications. Panellists will include Alan Haugh, Deputy Chairperson, Labour Court and Elaine Bowers, Occupational Health & Safety Executive, IBEC, Barry Walsh, Partner, Fieldfisher, Dublin, and Karen Killalea, Partner, Maples & Calder, Dublin. Speakers include: Anne O’Connell, Principal, Anne O’Connell Solicitors, Dublin and Fiona McKeever, Executive Coach, Dublin.
 
This seminar will include a Live Online Questions & Answer session for delegates. 
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 your place click Employment Law Conference
 
For assistance, contact us on:
Email: lspt@lawsociety.ie
Tel: 01 881 5727.

 

Keep the date – 27 November: Online Annual Family & Child Law Conference 2020
The aim of this conference, designed by family and childcare practitioners, is to examine recent developments in core areas of family law and practice and childcare law practice.
 
This conference will provide practitioners with a concise and essential overview of the many recent developments and the implications for day-to-day client advice and practice and procedure. Topics include;
• An update on recent case law and legislation, 
• Finances and family Law, 
• Section 32 and 47 reports, 
• Family & child law practice – a regional update and 
• Practice update regarding, Brexit, Section 150 costs, Family Law Act 2019 – first year of operation, Civil Law and Criminal Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2020 and remote hearings, Domestic Violence Act update (incl the impact of pandemic).
 
Speakers include, Judge Colin Daly, President of the District Court; Gerry Durcan BL; Keith Walsh, Principal, Keith Walsh Solicitors; Jennifer O’Brien, Principal, Jennifer O’Brien Solicitors; Donogh McGowan, Managing Partner, Gerrard L. McGowan Solicitors; Caitríona Gleeson, Programme & Communications Manager, Safe Ireland; Joan O’Mahony, Principal, O’Mahony Solicitors; Dr Vincent McDarby, Senior Clinical Health Psychologist; Ailbhe Burke, MacSweeney & Company, Galway; Siún Hurley, O Donovan Murphy & Partners LLP, Cork; Helen Coughlan, Partner, Patrick J Farrell Solicitors; Aidan Reynolds, Partner, Gallagher Shatter; Jacqueline McShane, Forensic Accountant, Browne, Murphy & Hughes and Tim Amos QC.
 
If you have any questions or concerns about attending an online event, please contact us on lspt@lawspciety.ie and one of the Professional Training team will be happy to help. 
 
 
 
Need assistance contact us on:
Email: lspt@lawsociety.ie
Tel: 01 881 5727.
 
 
 
 
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