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CPD Webinar Clusters for May 2021 – include updates on family law, probate, remote Law Society inspections, prescriptive easements, redundancies in a pandemic and more
The Law Society Finuas Skillnet clusters are run in collaboration with the regional bar associations and will provide essential practice updates on key issues relevant to general practitioners. Each cluster is different. The first for 2021 are in May, followed by more in June, July and the autumn.
11 May – Essential Solicitor Update 2021 in partnership with the Leitrim Bar Association, Longford Bar Association, Roscommon Bar Association, and Sligo Bar Association
Speakers and topics include:
•Employment law and redundancies in a pandemic environment – Richard Grogan
•Probate 2021 - Padraic Courtney
•Solicitors accounts and banking regulation - Richard Hammond S.C.
•A Law Society Inspection - advice on remote audits – Fiona Stanley
•GDPR litigation: how to bring and how to defend a case – William McLoughlin B.L.
20 May – Midland General Practice Update 2021 in partnership with the Laois Solicitors’ Association, Kildare Bar Association, Midland Bar Association and Carlow Bar Association
Speakers and topics include:
•Probate 2021 - Padraic Courtney
•Banks and your Practice - Richard Hammond S.C
•Professional indemnity insurance: a guide for practitioners - Barry McCarthy
•Family law: an update and watching brief for future developments including panel discussion - Helen Coughlan, Siún Hurley, Keith Walsh
•The new world of litigation - Colette Reid
17 June – North West Practice Update 2021 in partnership with the Donegal Bar Association and Inishowen Bar Association
2 July – Solicitors’ Essential Update 2021 in partnership with the Clare Bar Association and Limerick Bar Association)
Topics, speakers and timings vary from venue to venue and offer a mix of general, regulatory matters and management and professional development CPD hours. In order to enable access for all, these events will be available to attend as webinars with live Q&As. All materials will be sent to delegates in advance.
There will be more Clusters announced in the coming weeks, further details are to be finalised.
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Choose from the list above and click for more details and to make a booking.
To book your place at one of the 2021 clusters, please click Clusters, or contact a member of the Finuas Skillnet Team for more information. 
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Free Diploma Centre course (MOOC) on Environmental Law and Climate Change
‘Environmental Law and Climate Change – Shaping a Greener Future’ is the theme for the Diploma Centre’s 2021 Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) starting on Tuesday 18 May 2021. MOOCs are free online courses open to all and are part of the Law Society of Ireland’s Public Legal Education initiative.
To-date, the Diploma Centre’s MOOCs have attracted over 14,000 participants from over 70 countries, since the project was first launched in 2014. These courses feature online recorded and streamed presentations, together with interactive discussion forums and quizzes that allow participants to engage directly with our expert presenters.
This year’s MOOC will provide participants with a comprehensive guide to the key legal and ethical issues affecting the environment and the climate.
It will examine many hot topics including: 
•Climate change- international/EU/national obligations
•Climate Bill 2021
•Climate Justice  
•Environmental law enforcement
•Ecocide and green crime
•Resource management legislation and the circular economy
•Renewable energy laws
•Sustainable planning for the environment
•Conservation and biodiversity
•Green finance
•Roadmap for change – what we can do
Expert speakers are leading environmental lawyers, academics, climate scientists and conservationists, and include Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland speaking on ‘Climate Justice’.
There are 8 CPD points available for completing this MOOC. 
The course runs over a 5-week period starting on 18 May 2021. To sign up visit:
Complimentary On Demand Webinar - Negative Interest Rate Charges and Solicitors’ Accounts Regulations – Practice Guidance and Need to Know Essentials for Day-to-Day Practice
This online, on demand webinar is essential for all practitioners. Speakers include John Elliot, Director of Regulation. This is a practical look at the Law Society Practice Note 
Aims and objectives
A Practice Note has been issued by the Registrar of Solicitors and Director of Regulation setting out the regulatory implications of negative interest charges that some banks are seeking to impose on a firm’s client account. This practice note provides practical information and guidance regarding how a solicitor should comply with their obligations under the Solicitors Accounts Regulations where their bank imposes such charges on their client accounts. This seminar is an opportunity to hear the Director of Regulation and a member of the Law Society Task Force on Negative Interest Rate Charges give a practical explanation of the guidance notes and how this will impact on day-to-day practice. 
Learning outcomes
A delegate who attends this seminar will 
•gain an understanding of the actions a solicitor should take when notified of negative interest charges on their client account,
•gain an understanding of how negative interest charges may be recovered in the context of a solicitor and client relationship, and
•gain an understanding of the general obligations and arrangements in respect of client moneys.
John Elliot has been Director of Regulation of the Law Society of Ireland since 2004.  He is responsible for direction and management of the regulatory function of the Society and holds the statutory office of Registrar of Solicitors.  He is a solicitor and previously worked in-house in financial services in both Ireland and the UK, having started his career in private practice.
Richard Hammond S.C. is a Partner with Hammond Good, Solicitors & Notaries Public, in Mallow in north County Cork. He is a member of the Council of the Law Society.  He is a member of the Task Force established to give guidance on negative interest rates. He is or has been involved in a number of committees of the Law Society of Ireland including inter alia the Probate, Administration & Trusts Committee, the Mental Health & Capacity Task Force, the Gazette Editorial Board, the Professional Indemnity Insurance Committee, the Education Committee, and the Complaints & Client Relations Committee.  Richard was the President of the Southern Law Association 2018-2019.
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NEW: Certificate in Enforcement for Public Bodies
Professionals currently working in regulation and enforcement, or those aspiring to work in this area are now invited to apply for the Diploma Centre’s brand-new course, the Certificate in Enforcement for Public Bodies, which commences 13 April 2021.
This certificate course, which is new for spring 2021, provides participants with a solid grounding in both civil and criminal enforcement. In addition, the important areas of investigations and challenges to decisions of a regulatory body are examined. There is focus on enforcement notices, pitfalls to avoid and the key issues that affect the ability to enforce. Participants will critically evaluate sample enforcement notices and understand the consequences arising from a poorly drafted notice. 
The course will also see experts examining discrete areas of enforcement and the particular concerns relating to each sector. Data protection, freedom of information and data sharing between public bodies will also be addressed. 
Practical skills workshops are an integral part of this certificate and will assist participants with honing their drafting skills, particularly when drafting letters of instruction and enforcement notices. There is a bonus module for non-lawyers to assist them with legal literacy skills.
For further information visit or contact Course Leader Deirdre Flynn, Solicitor, at   
Judicial Guidelines, Remote Hearings & Costs Online Webinar - 14 May
The aim and objectives of this webinar are to provide an opportunity for practitioners to update their knowledge of recent developments in personal injury litigation. The aim is to offer practitioners a practical update in relevant areas from experienced practitioners and expert speakers. 
Topics and Issues covered
•Remote Hearings
oDeveloping a process for effective remote hearings
oRemote hearing of personal injury trials
oPractical guide to effective remote  hearings
•The Judicial Guidelines
oThe background to the Judicial Guidelines
oThe effects the Judicial Guidelines will have on litigation
oHow the Judicial Guidelines  differ from the Book of Quantum
oThe effect of the amended Section 22 on the litigation generally
oPlaintiff and Defence perspectives on the Judicial Guidelines 
oS150 letters and s151 agreements
oThe adjudication process in practice 
oNew format bills of costs
oLodgment/tender in respect of costs.
Speakers include, Brendan Cooke, Legal Costs Accountant, Consultant Cyril O’Neill; Eamon Harrington, Partner, Comyn Kelleher Tobin; Stuart Gilhooly, Partner, HJ Ward & Co. Solicitors; Joe O’Malley, Partner, Hayes Solicitors.
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. 
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Study a Diploma in Law: Applications open for September intake
The Diploma Centre’s Diploma in Law is now accepting applications for its 2021 offering. This well-established course offers great flexibility (one- and two-year study options are available) and innovative use of technology to facilitate the attendance of those working full time.
This course is specifically aimed at non-legal graduates or professionals who would like to learn more about the law in an engaging and flexible learning environment. The programme is based on practical lectures, insights and knowledge delivered by expert practitioners across eight core legal modules. 
Lectures are held weekly on a Wednesday evening with a monthly block release weekend on a Friday and Saturday. The Saturday workshop sessions form an integral part of the course design and are intended to consolidate what is learned in lectures. They offer an opportunity to participants to work in smaller groups, facilitated by experienced practitioners working through relevant problem-based case studies. Each module will also comprise a skills session tailored to the particular topic and there will be additional specific workshops on legal writing and examination techniques.
The programme is based on the following module scheme:
•Module 1: Constitutional Law,
•Module 2: Criminal Law,
•Module 3: Contract Law,
•Module 4: Tort.
•Module 5: Company Law,
•Module 6: EU Law,
•Module 7: Property Law,
•Module 8: Equity or Employment Law.
For further information about the Diploma in Law or to apply now, visit the Diploma Centre website at or email at 
Remote Working and the In-house Solicitor – panel discussion 27 May
This year’s Law Society Finuas Skillnet online In-house and Public Sector Committee’s panel discussion will focus on the practical side of remote working for in-house solicitors in the private and public sectors at a time of fundamental change. 
The panel discussion will be facilitated by a select panel of both public and private sector in-house solicitors, who will share personal observations and insights based on their career experiences. Smaller break-out discussion groups using Zoom Breakout function will provide an ideal opportunity to learn and explore further the issues raised by the panel with your in-house colleagues. Topics will range from the employment law obligations that arise in this context, the future of the office, data protection to litigation and running cases remotely.
Places are limited given the interactive nature of the event.
Panellists are: Rachel Tobin, AGC EMEA & Global Privacy Counsel, Zendesk, Linda NiChualladh, Head of Privacy (legal) EMEA, Citi, Ebba Mowat, Divisional Director, Savills Ireland, Richard Grogan, Principal & Head of Employment & Dispute Resolution, Richard Grogan & Associates, Siobhan Hayes, Head of Litigation, State Claims Agency.
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. 
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Challenges Arising from the Return to the Workplace - Employment Law Masterclass Webinar 18 May
A practical and up-to-date insight into employment issues arising from employees returning to the work place during times of covid-19. Topics include: GDPR and WFH, managing the workforce and the challenges arising from employees’ return to the workplace, and the provision of a safe working environment for employees.
Speakers and Chair include
  • Kate Colleary, Principal, Colleary & Co Solicitors, Dublin
  • Melanie Crowley, Partner Mason Hayes and Curran Solicitors, Dublin
  • Richard Grogan, Principal, Richard Grogan & Associates Solicitors, Dublin
  • Criona Turley, CEO and Co-Founder Capella
Date18 May 2021
 Mode of DeliveryZoom webinar with Live Q&A
Discounted* Fee€160
CPD Hours2 General and 1 Management and Professional Development Skills (by eLearning) Total 3 CPD Hours
Aim and Objectives
This masterclass gives practitioners a highly practical and up-to-date insight into employment issues arising from employees returning to the work place during times of covid-19. The speakers will give advice on:
•GDPR issues arising from working from home, 
•a practical guide to managing the workforce and the challenges arising from employees’ return to the workplace, and
•how to provide a safe working environment for employees.
 Course materials will include a set of detailed papers written by the speakers.
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. 
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BrexED Talks - the post Brexit landscape
Law Society Finuas Skillnet in partnership with Law Society Committees has designed a suite of online lectures and resources to prepare solicitors for the post Brexit landscape. These invaluable knowledge resources will be hosted on a new learning management hub called BrexED Talks. 
The primary objective of BrexED Talks is to equip solicitors with the knowledge and skills to navigate the post Brexit landscape.
This will be achieved through a series of inspiring talks from legal and political experts delivering a comprehensive analysis of the relevant changes for legal practice and law. 
These include an overall assessment of what Brexit will mean for legal practitioners, changes in criminal law, family and child law and in-house practice. Sessions available now include:
Session 1Criminal Law – A Panel Discussion on the Impact of Brexit
Session 2Preparing for Brexit – an In-House Legal Perspective 
Session 3EU Committee – What the UK’s Withdrawal from the EU Might Mean for Irish Practitioners
Session 4Family and Child Law – The Brexit Divorce and its Impact for Family and Child Law Cases
Session 5Intellectual Property and Data Protection – The new rules, impact and consequences for solicitors and clients
Session 6 Taxes post Brexit – Calculating the Fallout
Session 7Enforcement of Judgments, Enforcement of Contracts & Civil Litigation Jurisdictional issues
Session 8Commercial Law Post Brexit
Additional sessions will be added as new legal changes arise. To access this invaluable and necessary knowledge resource visit 
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Workshops designed to help you improve and adapt the skills necessary for a changing working environment
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:
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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Construction Law: The Fundamentals – an online on-demand masterclass
The return of this popular masterclass; a practical course presented by leading experts, to introduce, update and develop practitioners’ knowledge in the area of Construction Law. Access the presentations online, on-demand and learn at your own pace.
This course is relevant to solicitors, barristers and those employed in the construction industry. It is also of particular relevance to unemployed solicitors or those who wish to return to practice after a period of absence.  
The Speakers are: Martin Cooney, Partner, Byrne Wallace Solicitors, Dublin and Mary Liz Mahony, Counsel, Dentons Ireland
DateCourse comprises ten modules released from 25 February 2021
Discounted* Fee€350.00 
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CPD Hours10 General (by eLearning)
Construction law is an area of legal practice that is experiencing increased growth in the current environment. This legal service demand is anticipated to increase over the coming months.  
This comprehensive course will be delivered online through a practical series of lectures and case studies by leading professional experts. The course will introduce, update and develop practitioners’ knowledge, skills and competencies in the area of construction law, including project finance and project security.   
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. 
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