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In-house lawyers – are you prepared to meet the challenges for growth and innovation in 2020?

Designed to equip in-house counsel with practical skills to identify and exploit key opportunities for innovation, development and growth within the workplace, the Certificate in Strategic Development for the In-House Lawyer commences on 17 January 2020.

The phenomenal growth in 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? 

This course harnesses participants’ commercial awareness and focuses on developing the 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.

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Annual Update Conferences continue in November and December

Book now for one or more of Law Society Professional Training's suite of annual conferences, designed and delivered in partnership with the Society's Committees.

We cover a wide range of subjects including Family Law, EU Law, Business Law, Criminal Law and more. CPD hours vary for each conference and cover a mix of general, regulatory matters and management and professional development skills CPD.

Make a Booking
Choose from the list below and click for more details and to make a booking:


  • Annual Family & Child Law Conference (22 November) read Course details
  • EU & International Affairs Conference 2019 (21 November)  read Course details
  • Criminal Law Update Conference 2019 (28 November) read Course details
  • Annual Business Law Conference 2019 (14 November) read Course details 



  • In-House and Public Sector Panel Discussion-Galway (4 December) read Course details


Contact us
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

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. This course begins on 7 November 2019. 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. The course applies a blended approach to learning, where Thursday-evening lectures are webcast and recorded and workshops are held on-site on Saturdays. These practical workshops are facilitated by means of case studies and role-play sessions.


For further information visit: or contact Course Leader Patricia Harvey by emailing

Law Society Finuas Skillnet - Suite of Specialised Skills Programmes

Choose from Property, Probate, Coaching, Legal Research, Planning Law and Professional Education in our suite of specialised skills training programmes starting this November.


  • Property Transactions Masterclass (Starts 29/30 November)

This Property Transactions Master Class is divided into three discreet sessions to enhance your understanding of key areas of practice. The first session is focused on the Fundamentals of Property Transactions, the second on Complex Property Transactions (Jan 2020) and the final and third session will focus on Commercial Property Transactions (Feb 2020) - read Course details

  • Wills Drafting Masterclass (5 December)

This new one-day masterclass will highlight the pitfalls for practitioners and best practice when taking instructions and drafting wills to ensure that the will executed carries out the client’s informed instructions in a clear unambiguous manner as tax efficiently as reasonably possible – read Course details

  • Certificate in Professional Education (Starts February 2020)

This Certificate in Professional Education is aimed at professional educators who design and/or deliver programmes to professionals. The course is suited to educators from a range of professional fields including law, medicine, accountancy, taxation, pharmacy and international education – read Course details.


  • Coaching Skills for Solicitors and Practice Managers (Starts February 2020)


As well as providing an overview of the latest coaching theory and practice models, participants will identify a development agenda and will experience being coached in relation to personal career goals. Feedback will be offered on progress throughout the Programme alongside learning how to develop teams - read Course details.


  • Legal Research Skills (13 & 27 February 2020)


The Legal Research Skills Workshops are aimed at practitioners and focus on solving clients’ problems. An overview of both paper-based and electronic resources will be followed by practical workshops whereby delegates carry out systematic and comprehensive research. Delegates will leave with skills to enable them analyse clients’ instructions to identity the issues and ultimately present the results of their research in a clear and practical format.  The Course is iPad-based with research carried out on both iPads and PCs - read Course details.


  • Planning & Environmental Law for the Conveyancer (24 & 25 April 2020)


This Planning & Environmental Law Masterclass is aimed at all practitioners acting in both residential and commercial transactions. Our Masterclass format includes a workshop element in each module to gain a practical and applied understanding of this area of the conveyancing process. The topics covered reflect the planning and environmental issues arising for conveyancers, in addition to an overview of the planning application and appeal process - read Course details.



To claim your full management CPD requirement for 2019 attend one of our Skills Training programmes – details below:


Make a Booking

For more details on any of the above programmes, please click on the hyperlinks above or contact a member of the team on


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The Irish aviation sector is flying high. Have you checked in?

Applications are open for the Diploma Centre’s popular course, the Diploma in Aviation Leasing and Finance, which begins on 30 January 2020. Ireland is internationally recognised as the global hub for aviation leasing and finance, with each of the top ten global aircraft lessors enjoying a presence here. Half 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 60 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 advanced-level diploma provides comprehensive coverage of the key aspects of the aviation leasing and finance industry. It aims to deliver an in-depth analysis of the core legal and practical issues that parties typically encounter in aircraft leasing and finance transactions.


The course comprises 11 modules and closes with a career panel event. This will afford students the opportunity to get expert advice from professionals in the industry about how to enter the aviation industry or how to successfully move sectors within the aviation industry.

Applications are invited from qualified lawyers; those who have a minimum of two years' full-time experience in the aviation industry; and those have successfully completed the Certificate in Aviation Leasing and Finance.

For further information visit: or contact Course Leader Claire O’ Mahony by emailing:


Now taking bookings for the Final 4 CPD Clusters of 2019

We continue our tour of the regions with trips to Mayo, Cork and Kilkenny in November and Dublin in December.

The fee (€135) at the cluster includes the educational training event, resource materials a hot networking lunch and of course the all-important CPD hours covering management, general and regulatory matters. As always, the Finuas Skillnet Cluster events are designed and presented in partnership with local bar associations.

Below are the dates and venues from November to December. Topics and speakers vary from venue to venue and offer a mix of:

  • General;
  • Regulatory; and
  • Management & Professional Development Skills.


Access our dedicated Regional Clusters webpage.


Now taking bookings


  • Thursday 7 and Friday 8 NovemberMAYO, Breaffy House Hotel. Connaught Solicitors Symposium 2019 Parts I & II – 10 CPD Hours - read Cluster details


  • Friday 15 NovemberCORK, Kingsley Hotel. Practitioner Update 2019 – 6 CPD Hours - read Cluster details


  • Friday 22 NovemberKILKENNY, Hotel Kilkenny. General Practice Update 2019 – 6 CPD Hours - read Cluster details


  • Tuesday 10 DecemberDUBLIN, Shelbourne Hotel. Practice & Regulation Symposium – 7 CPD Hours -  read Cluster details

Need more information?

Contact us on 01 8815727 or email the team at

Lawyers, legal educators, learning and development professionals: Join a brand-new LLM this January

This January, the Law Society of Ireland’s Diploma Centre will join with Charles University and Palacký University on a dynamic new LLM programme: the LLM Experiential Learning and Teaching

The two-year, part-time course is designed for lawyers, learning and development professionals and legal educators who would benefit from a deeper understanding of innovative and effective experiential learning and teaching methods.

This unique collaboration brings together an international teaching faculty and a number of well-respected institutions. The LLM is delivered through blended learning. One-week residential sessions are held at the outset of the first two semesters, one in Prague and one in Dublin. The rest of the programme is delivered at distance.

The first part of the programme focuses on effective, interactive learning and teaching with an emphasis, depending on the background and needs of programme participants, on legal education but covering broader experiential earning theory that even non-lawyers may find instructive. The second part looks at a range of options that should enable aspirant, or current, lawyers to learn, teach and practice to optimum effect in a legal context. At the end of the first semester all students on this course will have studied and put into practice the key elements of “clinical” education. A final thesis will provide an opportunity for students to conduct more in-depth research into a particular learning and teaching area of their choice. 

For further information, email, or go to

NEW Online Employment Law Masterclass – Termination of Contract

The Employment Law Masterclass: Termination of Contract is now available online and you can earn up to 5 General CPD Hours (by eLearning).

This online Employment Law Masterclass will give practitioners a highly practical and up-to-date insight into the law of Termination of Employment. The speakers are all leading experts in this field and share their knowledge and expertise. The course includes a set of detailed papers written by the speakers.

Topics and Issues covered

  • Update Preparing for the Labour Court
  • The Disciplinary Process
  • Unfair Dismissal
  • Constructive Dismissal
  • Discriminatory Dismissal
  • Redundancy
  • Injuncting a Dismissal



  • Marguerite Bolger SC
  • Richard Grogan, Principal, Richard Grogan & Associates Solicitors, Dublin
  • Duncan Inverarity, Partner, A & L Goodbody Solicitors, Dublin
  • Catherine O’Flynn, Partner, William Fry Solicitors, Dublin
  • Alastair Purdy, Principal, Alastair Purdy & Co., Solicitors, Galway
  • Des Ryan BL


How to register for this eLearning Course

  • Download the full programme and book online - visit the course page
  • On receipt of payment, login details will be sent to you. This eLearning course is available from date of purchase until 31 December 2020.

For the full suite of online courses including GDPR, Social Media and Pre-Contract Investigation of Title visit our web page or please call 01 881 5727 or email the team at




Registration now open: Annual Certificate in English & Welsh Property Law and Practice

Successful completion of this Certificate will enable solicitors who have qualified in Ireland to apply to be admitted on the Roll of Solicitors in England and Wales.

The aim of this course is to examine the conveyancing practice and procedure in England and Wales. The objective, on successful completion of an online assessment, is to provide practitioners with the ability to establish and transfer proprietary rights and interests in England and Wales as set out in the Solicitors Regulation Authority for England and Wales Legal Practice Course outcomes.  

On completion of this course participants will be able to identify and perform the critical steps in a conveyancing transaction in England and Wales, determine how legal estates and interests differ between the two jurisdictions, draft and complete the appropriate documentation for a conveyancing transaction in England and Wales and understand the law on easements and covenants for title in England and Wales. Moreover, participants will be in a position to assess how the practice of conveyancing in England and Wales differs from the practice of conveyancing in Ireland and adapt their knowledge and skills to meet the needs of clients in both jurisdictions. 

Date: 19/20 March 2020 and 2 April (12 noon to 2.00pm - online assessment)

Venue: Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7

Fee: €588

Discounted Fee*: €411* Applicable to Finuas Skillnet members

CPD Hours: 9 General CPD (by Group Study) for 2019

Topics to be covered include

  • Steps in a conveyancing transaction
  • Types of legal estates and interests
  • Registered land
  • Easements
  • Covenants for Title
  • Contract


  • Professor John Wylie, Consultant, A&L Goodbody Solicitors
  • John Keaney, Keaney and Nevin Solicitors
  • David Lane, Start Mortgages
  • Paul McMahon, McMahon Legal/Legal Guide Limited
  • Dr Gabriel Brennan, Law Society of Ireland


Make a booking

For full programme details and to book online visit our dedicated webpage

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Tel:     01 881 5727

Are your company secretarial skills up-to-date?

Commencing on 4 February 2020, 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 is based on the following module scheme and 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 Leader Liam Dunne at, or go to