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Gain practical insight ‘on demand’ about changes to Conveyancing practice

The move to a pre-contract investigation of title following the introduction of the 2019 Conditions of Sale will herald a new era for Conveyancers. Applications are now being accepted for the Certificate in Conveyancing which commences on the 15 October 2019.

This course will provide a practical insight into this fundamental procedural change and other current issues facing practitioners. The Certificate in Conveyancing reviews best conveyancing practice, provides precedents, and offers students the opportunity to learn through problem-based scenarios.

The course is delivered via an innovative ‘flipped classroom’ approach that offers participants ultimate flexibility in how they approach their learning. This format sees lectures released in an online tranche, with participants provided a window of a number of weeks to view the recorded content and complete online learning activities in a self-paced manner. The online releases are bookended by two days of onsite workshops.

For further information visit: or contact the Course Leader Cian Monahan by emailing: 

NOW TAKING BOOKINGS: Personal Injuries Litigation Masterclass - 21/22 June

Join us on 21 and 22 June at the Law Society for this intensive masterclass and claim 10 hours of CPD including one hour of Regulatory Matters.

The course comprises lectures and small group modules with experienced practitioners dealing with the key elements of and recent developments in general personal injuries claims. The plaintiff’s and the defendant’s perspective will be addressed. The topics will include; the Statute of Limitations; the Personal Injuries Assessment Board; PI practice and procedure under the Civil Liability and Courts Act 2004 and the Rules of Court; Damages (recent trends and issues); Section 26 applications; recent case law; the Recoverable Benefit Scheme; claims involving an injured child; actuarial evidence; good practice and ethical issues; and costs.

The course will take place at the Law Society of Ireland and the fee is €425/€350*

Programme Director
Colette Reid, Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland

Speakers include
• Suzanne Hill, Solicitor and Assessor with the Injuries Board
• Noel Guiden, Legal Costs Accountant and managing partner of Behan & Assoc.
• Niamh Mc Hugh BL
• Shane M. Kelly BL
• Sinéad Nunan, Managing Partner, Michael Houlihan & Partners, Solicitors
• Stephen Hanaphy BL

To book by post download the Booking Form
For full programme details download the Brochure

For the full list of CPD seminars, masterclasses, and online programmes please contact a member of the Law Society Professional Training team or visit the CPD courses page

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Tel: 01 881 5727

* Applicable to Law Society Finuas Skillnet members

New diploma courses launched as part of the autumn 2019 programme

The Diploma Centre open this new academic year with a range of courses that include both regular core fields of interest for solicitors as well as new and innovative programmes that reflect specialist areas of practice in which our profession increasingly operates.

New areas of endeavour are always a priority and this autumn a number of new courses are being introduced including:

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

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

CPD Cluster Roadshow continues in June with trips to Donegal and Clare

The 2019 Law Society Finuas Skillnet Cluster Programme continues in June with trips to Donegal and Clare.

These CPD clusters run in collaboration with the regional bar associations and will provide essential practice updates on key areas relevant to general practitioners as well as providing delegates with an excellent networking opportunity. Topics and speakers vary from venue to venue and offer a mix of general, regulatory matters and management & professional development skills CPD hours.

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Choose from the list below and click for more details and to make a booking.

Now taking bookings

13 & 14 June - North West General Practice Update Part I & II - Lough Eske Castle Hotel, Donegal
28 June - Essential Solicitor Update - Inn at Dromoland, Newmarket on Fergus, Co Clare

• 5 September - Essential General Practice Update - Ballygarry House, Tralee, Co Kerry

• 11 October - North East CPD Day - Glencarn Hotel, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan

• 7 & 8 November - Connaught Solicitors’ Symposium Part I & II - Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar, Co Mayo
• 15 November - Practitioner Update - Kingsley Hotel, Cork
• 22 November - General Practice Update - Hotel Kilkenny, Kilkenny

• 6 December - Law Society Finuas Skillnet - Practice and Regulation Symposium - Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin

Contact us
Tel: 01 881 5727

* Applicable to Law Society Finuas Skillnet members

Popular Diploma in Finance Law commences this October

With the ever changing financial markets and the regulation involved in their operation, there is a constant need to keep up-to-date with this area of law. The Diploma in Finance Law, which begins on 8 October 2019, provides a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the law in relation to the provision of financial services from a national and international perspective.

This dynamic area is constantly subject to regulatory and statutory changes at both a European and national level. The modules in this diploma will consider the current financial services market in Ireland and the regulatory framework in which it operates. The course also focuses on specific technical and legal aspects, including a review of the underlying principles and characteristics of banking and financial markets, perspectives on corporate finance, and the regulatory issues that relate to domestic and international capital markets.

For further information visit or contact Deirdre Flynn, Course Leader, by emailing:

CPD event on GDPR for a special cause

Join us at the Law Society on 20 June for a CPD event covering GDPR (a Practice Compliance Checklist and Subject Access Requests) and the latest on LLPs and LPs.
Also included in the fee is a 3.5 hours Regulatory Matters eLearning course on How to get your Law Firm GDPR Ready.

GDPR in Action – Practice Compliance Checklist
On the one year anniversary of the implementation of GDPR, are you sure that your firm is GDPR compliant?

  • Do your section 68 letters include all necessary details? Do you know how long you should keep a file?
  • Have you signed third party data processing agreements or controller to controller agreements where necessary?
  • Are your GDPR polices and privacy statement fit for purpose?

GDPR – Subject Access Requests
Since the implementation of the GDPR, and the public’s increased awareness of rights to information, the number of Subject Access Requests being received by law firms and their clients is on the increase. This practical seminar aims to give guidance to practitioners in order to assist them in dealing with Subject Access Requests.

New Business Models for Solicitors
The Legal Services Regulation Act 2015 (Legal Partnerships) (Section 116) Regulations 2019 and Legal Services Act 2015 (Limited Liability Partnerships) (Section 130) Regulations 2019 are due to be enacted. These regulations will radically change the business models available to solicitors in the determination of practice structure. They will also introduce new provisions relating to establishment, operation, management, liability, regulation and compliance for all those who choose to deliver legal services under the new regime. This seminar will also provide a step-by-step guide in relation to how to establish, register, operate and function within the new regulations.

  • Date: 20 June 2019
  • Venue: Education Centre, Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7
  • Fee: €150
  • CPD Hours: 3.5 Regulatory Matters (by Group study) PLUS 3.5 Regulatory Matters (by eLearning)
  • Book online: visit the website
  • Book by post: booking form
  • Full programme: download the brochure


  • Dr. Aoibhlinn O’Toole, Consultant Gastroenterologist, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin
  • Paul Keane, Partner, Reddy Charlton Solicitors, Dublin
  • Paul Lavery, Partner, McCann FitzGerald Solicitors, Dublin
  • Simon Treanor, Legal Services Regulation Executive, Law Society of Ireland

If you have a query email or phone 01 881 5727

For a good cause
All proceeds from this event will be donated to Cycle4CrohnsColitis, an initiative by Attracta O’Regan, supported by Beaumont Hospital Foundation and Law Society Finuas Skillnet. The goal is to fundraise for a doctor to provide exclusive ongoing patient care supports and research for people with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis in Ireland. If you cannot attend this CPD event and would like to make a donation to support the Cycle4CrohnsColitis fundraiser, please access the secure fundraising page.

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Significant changes in the Data Protection Landscape - how to comply with the new GDPR

The GDPR came into force in May 2018 and as a result the data protection landscape has changed significantly. Our Certificate in Data Protection Practice will offer an in-depth analysis of the new data protection framework, the data protection laws and how to comply with the new GDPR in practice.

Data is now a valuable commodity. Modern technologies allow for huge volumes of data to be collected by companies on a daily basis. There are many legal responsibilities associated with collecting, retaining and processing such data. Data protection laws act to balance an individual’s right to privacy with a company’s ability to use that data. It is essential that the use of data is regulated to prevent against abuses whilst at the same time ensuring that companies can use data efficiently and effectively.

During this advanced Certificate in Data Protection Practice participants will be brought through the application of the law by experienced data protection practitioners and privacy consultants from private practice, the public sector and from large multinationals. There is a strong focus on the GDPR and this course will ensure that participants are equipped to deal with the compliance issues that are arising in practice.

This course begins on the 3 October 2019. For further information visit: or contact Course Leader Claire O’ Mahony by emailing:

NEW - General and Commercial Litigation Masterclass

Join us on 28 and 29 June at the Law Society for this intensive masterclass and claim 10 hours of CPD including one hour of Regulatory Matters.

The course comprises lectures and small group modules with experienced practitioners dealing with the key elements of and recent developments in general and commercial litigation. Topics covered include recent developments in Discovery and Legal Privilege; Defamation; Third Party Procedure; Professional Negligence Claims and the Statute of Limitations; Probate Litigation; Practical approach to Mediation; Key developments in litigation relating to Land.

The course will take place at the Law Society of Ireland and the fee is €425/€350*

Contact us to register your interest

Tel: 01 881 5727

For the full list of CPD seminars, masterclasses, and online programmes please contact a member of the Law Society Professional Training team or visit the CPD courses page

* Applicable to Law Society Finuas Skillnet members

Construction law: navigating the legal landscape of a modern construction project

The increasing complexity of construction law provides for a proliferation of contracts and conflict and dispute resolution mechanisms. This complexity has led to a demand for professionals with the skills to analyse, manage, and solve intricate problems that often arise on major projects. The Diploma Centre is offering a Diploma in Construction Law, which begins on 12 October 2019.

The Diploma in Construction Law provides an overview of the specialised discipline that is construction law and practice in Ireland. This diploma will take a practical approach to the complex issues that arise from the multiparty nature of the construction process. Participants will be introduced to the standard forms of construction contracts with particular focus on the Public Works and RIAI Contracts. There will be specialised introductory streams for lawyers and non-lawyers and specific modules on the tendering process and construction dispute resolution. Other prominent areas of study will include:

  • The Construction Contracts Act 2013,
  • Allocation of risk between the employer and the contractor,
  • Collateral warranties and bonds, specialists and sub-contractors, and
  • The Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014.

Practical training through the use of case studies and workshops will be enhanced by looking at the overall regulation of construction and the role of regulatory authorities, case law, and recent and future developments.

For further information visit: or contact the diploma team by emailing:

Applications are invited for Masterclass in Garda Station Solicitor Training

The Law Society Finuas Skillnet, in collaboration with Dublin City University (DCU), is hosting a masterclass designed to provide defence solicitors with the necessary skill-set to properly advise clients in Garda custody.

This masterclass provides invaluable advice and best practice guidance for Irish solicitors, based on national, European, and international law and experience, with a particular emphasis on developing the skills required for both client consultations and attending Garda interviews.

The masterclass has been developed by a team of lawyers, forensic psychologists and educationalists in consultation with leading experts in the field of police interviewing and suspects’ rights from across Europe, and it will be delivered by senior criminal defence practitioners who have been trained under the SUPRALAT project.

Pre-eligibility criteria

  1. Applicants must be practising criminal defence solicitors, who attend Garda stations.
  2. Applicants must be available to attend the three days of face-to-face training in the Law Society of Ireland, as well as committing to complete approximately eight hours of e-learning prior to 20 September 2019.
  3. Applicants must send a completed Application Form in soft copy to: on or before 25 July at 5.00pm. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

Dates (all dates to be attended) – Law Society of Ireland, Dublin (9:30am to 5.30pm)

  • Friday 20 September 2019
  • Saturday 21 September 2019
  • Saturday 19 October 2019

Training Team

  • Dr Yvonne Daly, Associate Professor (DCU),
  • Robert Purcell, Partner at M.E. Hanahoe Solicitors,
  • Shalom Binchy, Shalom Binchy & Co. Solicitors

Apply for this Masterclass

Visit the Law Society website for more details and to apply

Contact us

Tel: 01 881 5727

Making your case! Join us for the Diploma in Advocacy Skills this autumn.

Our Diploma in Advocacy Skills is offered to solicitors this autumn in partnership with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA).

Advocacy skills and the making of applications before the courts form a fundamental part of the skill-set of solicitors engaged in all forms of litigation. 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. International NITA advocacy trainers and Irish lawyers and subject matter experts will use dynamic interactive teaching methods to lead participants through this valuable 5 day course which begins on the 14 November 2019.

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 Law, Insolvency and Banking Enforcement.

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

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 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 visit: or contact the Course Leader Cian Monahan by emailing: