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Extended suite of specialised skills programmes starting this February

Choose from Employment Law, Coaching Skills, Legal Research, Planning Law, Professional Education and Property Law in our suite of specialised skills training programmes starting this February. Programmes cover a mix of general and management CPD.


  • Legal Research Skills (13 & 27 February)


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 to 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.


  • Property Transactions Masterclass Module 3 (14 & 15 February)

The third and final part of this Masterclass will focus on providing practitioners with a comprehensive understanding of the area of Commercial Property Transactions. Participants can claim 10 hours of CPD including 2 hours of management & professional development skills – Read Course Details.

  • Certificate in Professional Education (Starts February)

This Certificate in Professional Education will give you the skills, knowledge and technical expertise you need to design and run your own programmes successfully. It is particularly suited to professional services lawyers/knowledge lawyers and those responsible for talent management within firms – Read Course details.


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


This accredited programme will provide an overview of the latest coaching theory and practice models. Participants will also 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.


  • Employment Law Masterclass (20 March)

This one-day Employment Law Masterclass will give practitioners a highly practical and up to date insight into how to deal in a practical way with common employment law issues and problems. The speakers are all leading experts in this field and will share their knowledge and expertise with delegates - read Course details.







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


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.


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 or phone 01 8815727.


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Ensure you are up to date on Insurance Law with this diploma course

The Diploma Centre is pleased to once again open applications to the Diploma in Insurance Law, which will commence on 12 February 2020. This popular course will provide participants with an overview of the insurance industry in Ireland and provide comprehensive coverage of all key issues relating to insurance law and the litigation of insurance claims.


Ireland has become a major location for international insurance, with more than half of the top ten largest global insurance companies operating here. As well as huge growth in the industry, there has also been significant change, particularly in the regulatory environment, with the introduction of the Solvency II Directive in 2016. The increased media focus on the insurance industry has resulted in insurance being at the forefront of the public consciousness and recent government debates.


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. Key issues, such as the reinsurance industry, insurance fraud, the MIBI, legal issues relating to intermediaries, assignments, and liquidations will be examined. Additionally, 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 Course Leader Cian Monahan, Solicitor, by email at 

Healthcare Regulation in Ireland 2020 – Where are we now?

This seminar aims to provide healthcare regulators with an opportunity to engage with those who represent the interest of clients regulated in the healthcare system.


The regulation of healthcare is in the public interest with the publication of the 2nd Scally Report and the awaited Report of Mr Justice Charles Meenan. This panel-based seminar will focus on changes and developments in the healthcare sector and best practice in compliance with the healthcare regulatory system.


The event will involve an interactive panel discussion – panel members will include various healthcare regulators, Panel members will discuss developments in the sector/provide guidance on best practice/share their experiences of engagement with the healthcare regulators with the ultimate aim being to open up discussion among the panelists and delegates on an informal basis.


The event will appeal to solicitors/barristers who represent clients regulated in the sector, healthcare professionals and regulators and academics.


Dates: 25 March 2020

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

Time: 2.00pm – 5.00pm

Fee: €186

Discounted Fee: €160*

CPD Hours: 3 Management & Professional Development Skills (by Group Study)



Aisling Gannon, Partner, Eversheds Sutherland




  • Phelim Quinn, Chief Executive Officer, Health Information and Quality Authority
  • Lorraine Nolan, Chief Executive, Health Products Regulatory Authority
  • Ginny Hanrahan, CEO, CORU
  • Niall Byrne, Registrar & Chief Officer, PSI –The Pharmacy Regulator
  • Bill Prasifka, CEO, Medical Council Ireland


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.


Contact us


Tel:      01 881 5727


* Applicable to Law Society Finuas Skillnet members


Drafting, reviewing and negotiating commercial contracts: learn the best practice

Applications are open for the Certificate in Commercial Contracts, which commences 7 March 2020. This course provides an understanding of the fundamental competencies required by the commercial lawyer when drafting, reviewing and negotiating commercial agreements. It includes guidance on the structure and format of commercial contracts and emphasises the importance of using clear and concise language when drafting such agreements.


Experienced practitioners provide drafting tips and best practice recommendations on how best to ensure that your commercial contracts provide legal and commercial certainty. The course begins with generic drafting advice, examining standard boilerplate provisions, before considering issues pertinent to specific practice areas in more depth. This course will benefit:


  • public sector, private sector and in-house solicitors who deal with commercial contracts on a daily basis;
  • trainee solicitors and students seeking to expand their knowledge of the commercial industry;
  • barristers who practice in the areas of commercial litigation, chancery and contract law; and
  • other suitably qualified professionals who are involved in negotiation and drafting commercial agreements.


For further information, go to or contact Course Leader Cian Monahan, Solicitor, by email at 


NEW: Growth Strategy Workshop – a blueprint to sustain and grow your practice

This one-day intensive workshop is designed to assist sole practitioners and smaller legal practices by giving them the marketing and communication knowledge and skills needed to sustain and grow their practices.

Smaller practices are unique within the profession and they face challenges similar to other small businesses. Given the dynamic environments in which smaller practices operate and the evolving needs of clients, development of a growth strategy will ensure that actions are planned and implemented now so that they will positively influence the future sustainability of small practices. 


Law Society Finuas Skillnet in collaboration with the Small Practice Support programme has designed a workshop to assist you in completing the Growth Strategy and the Marketing Workbooks.


Topics to be covered include


  • Growth Strategy Overview
  • Practice Performance
  • What does your ideal Client look like
  • SWOT Analysis
  • Market Analysis
  • Growth Objective Setting
  • Competitor Analysis
  • Growth Objective Setting
  • Overview of Marketing
  • Marketing Communications




  • Mary Cloonan, Founder, Marketing Clever, Dublin
  • Tadhg Guiry, Founder, Evolve Marketing, Dublin
  • Dorcas Réamonn, Lecturer, the Smurfit School, UCD, Dublin


Date: 11 March 2020

Venue: Law Society of Ireland

Time: Wednesday 9.30am to 5.00pm

Fee: €255

Discount Fee: €210*

CPD Hours: 6 Management & Professional Development Skills (by Group Study)


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.


To avail of discounts – download the 2020 Law Society Finuas Skillnet Membership form


Contact us


Tel:      01 881 5727


* Applicable to Law Society Finuas Skillnet members

Applications are now being accepted for popular Certificate in Data Protection Practice

The Diploma Centre is now inviting applications for the Certificate in Data Protection Practice. Commencing on 26 February 2020, this always-popular course will strongly focus on the GDPR and how to apply it in practice.


Data is a valuable commodity. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force in May 2018, has significantly changed the data protection landscape. Data protection and data security affects us all in both our personal and professional lives so it is essential to understand the many legal responsibilities and rights associated with collecting, retaining and processing data.


This certificate is designed to ensure that participants are equipped to understand and comply with the regulation’s requirements.


On completion of this programme, participants will have:


  • a comprehensive knowledge of Regulation 2016/679 (the GDPR);
  • an understanding of the data protection framework in Ireland as governed by the Data Protection Acts 1988-2018;
  • an ability to apply that knowledge to a range of data protection issues in practice and to understand the role of the data protection officer;
  • the skills to advise on subject access requests, legitimate processing, data retention, consent, and international data transfers;
  • the confidence to recognise when a data breach has occurred and the notification requirements;
  • an appreciation of the powers of the Data Protection Commission and the sanctions that can be imposed for non-compliance with the regulation;
  • the skills to conduct a data privacy impact assessment and a data protection audit and to report on an organisation’s data governance and security.


This certificate course is also ideal for those who wish to improve their data protection knowledge while dealing with a busy schedule: An introductory lecture will take place on site and will also be webcast online; thereafter, there are online lectures on Wednesdays, with online workshops on Saturdays.


For further information, see or contact Riona Leahy, Solicitor, Course Leader by email:


A wellbeing programme = employee retention, increased productivity and financial benefits

Join us at the Law Society on Thursday 23 April for the Business of Wellbeing Summit. This Summit is aimed at mid to large sized firms who take professional wellbeing seriously.


While the benefits of implementing a wellbeing programme for employees may appear self-evident, organisations do not necessarily consider the benefits that wellbeing programmes can have on their business; employee retention, reduced absenteeism, increased productivity rates, and financial benefits.


This Summit is aimed at mid to large sized firms who take professional wellbeing seriously. They may have developed, are currently developing or are considering developing a wellbeing programme themselves.  The morning session will open with a brief outline of the Law Society of Ireland Professional Wellbeing Programme and a presentation on the rights, risks and obligations of wellbeing and mental health in the workplace. This will be followed by an interactive panel discussion on the business case for wellbeing including industry experts and the perspectives and experiences of other jurisdictions. Guidance for best practice in supporting wellbeing in the workplace will also be discussed.


The afternoon will be devoted to designing a professional wellbeing business charter. Delegates will be involved in the process of designing and agreeing upon a charter to meet their needs. This workshop session will be facilitated by a leading diversity and inclusion consultant who has extensive experience in designing professional charters. The Summit will conclude with an interactive reflective wellbeing session focused on personal support tools.



  • Law Society of Ireland Professional Wellbeing Programme
  • Wellbeing and Mental Health in the Workplace – rights, risks and obligations
  • The Business Case for Wellbeing – a luxury or necessity
  • Supporting Wellbeing in the Workplace – guidance for best practice
  • Designing a Professional Wellbeing Business Charter Workshop
  • Wellbeing for You



Michele O’Boyle, President, Law Society of Ireland




  • Antoinette Moriarty, Psychotherapist & Law School Psychological Services Manager, Law Society of Ireland, Dublin
  • Julie Breen, Professional Wellbeing Project Coordinator, Law Society of Ireland, Dublin
  • Katie da Gama, Business & Executive Coach and Leadership Development Consultant, Dublin
  • Teri Kelly, Director of Representation and Member Services, Law Society of Ireland, Dublin
  • Kayleigh Leonie, Senior Solicitor, MacFarlanes, London, England, Law Society of England & Wales Council Member
  • Guy Setford, CEO Setfords Solicitors, Surrey, England


Date: 23 April 2020

Venue: Law Society of Ireland

Time: 9.30am – 4.15pm (Light lunch is included)     

Fee: €186

Discount Fee: €160*

CPD Hours: 6 Management and Professional Development Skills (by Group Study)

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.


To avail of discounts – download the 2020 Law Society Finuas Skillnet Membership form


Contact us


Tel:      01 881 5727


* Applicable to Law Society Finuas Skillnet members


New Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility Practice launches

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is rapidly becoming an essential part of firms’ and companies’ everyday operations. As such, the Diploma Centre is pleased to introduce the brand-new Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility Practice. This course commences on 21 February 2020.


A strong and considered corporate social responsibility (CSR) function complements wider firm and organisational objectives but also fosters a culture that contributes to staff retention and recruitment, diversity and inclusion, client loyalty and business development, corporate citizenship, strategic communications and public relations.


Law firms are uniquely placed to develop value-enhancing and impactful CSR initiatives due to a strong understanding of the legal system, human rights, access to justice and an understanding of public administration. This new certificate course will provide a best-practice guide and comprehensive understanding of the wide range of CSR philosophies and approaches.


This certificate will have broad-based appeal to all firms that value both their staff and the environment. It is designed for those setting up a CSR function or those who already have one in existence but who wish to learn from best practice. The course will run over three months and includes six full days of training.


It will cover a wide range of topics including:


  • The business case for corporate social responsibility
  • CSR best practice
  • Sustainable business principles
  • Return on community investment
  • Business and human rights due diligence
  • Pro bono work
  • CSR governance and compliance requirements
  • Responsible CSR marketing and PR


The approach is by way of blended learning, providing ultimate flexibility for attendees. Workshops – a key feature of this course – are designed to be interactive and involve working in groups on selected real-life case-study issues and analysis, with an emphasis on common pitfalls and scenarios encountered in practice.


For further information, see or contact Riona Leahy, Solicitor, Course Leader:

Training of Lawyers on EU Asylum & Immigration Law: TRALIM 2

A one-day seminar on EU law relating to Asylum and Immigration with a focus on Reception & Integration and Human Trafficking in Ireland and other EU countries. This seminar is held in conjunction with the European Lawyers Foundation, the Spanish National Bar, Athens Bar Association, Italian Bar, National Council of Legal Advisers (Poland) and Paris Bar Association.

Date                Thursday 2 April 2020
10.00am to 4.00pm
Green Hall Lecture Theatre, Law Society of Ireland
CPD Hours   
4.5 hours General (by Group study)

Topics and Issues to be covered

  • Reception for asylum seekers in Ireland, known as ‘direct provision’
  • The impact of Ireland’s opt-in to the EU Reception Directive (recast) 2013
  • Analysis of rights for persons recognised as refugees
  • Human Trafficking – victims’ rights and administrative immigration arrangements in Ireland
  • Human Trafficking – investigating cases
  • Reception and Integration – the French Experience
  • Human Trafficking - the Polish Experience


Panel and speakers include


  • Attracta O’Regan, Solicitor, Head, Law Society Professional Training


  • Vasileios Stathopoulos, Project Manager, European Lawyers Foundation, the Netherlands


  • Cindy Carroll, Deputy Chairperson, International Protection Appeals Tribunal


  • Catherine Cosgrave, Managing Solicitor, Immigrant Council of Ireland


  • Liam Thornton, Assistant Professor in Law, School of Law, University College Dublin


  • Kenneth Ruane, Head of Legal Affairs, An Garda Siochána


*Other speakers to be confirmed

Make a booking

To book by post download the Booking Form

For full programme details download the Brochure


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Tel: 01 881 5727


Brand-new diploma meets need for increased compliance and risk management skills

The Diploma Centre has introduced a new diploma course that will appeal to the legal profession, directors, financial services professionals and others: the Diploma in Compliance and Risk Management.


The legal landscape in Ireland has changed significantly in terms of financial services law and regulation. With an increase in Irish and European legislation creating awareness across all organisations in relation to their legal risks and compliance and acknowledgment of the pressing need for diligent risk management, this diploma aims to provide comprehensive knowledge of the area of compliance and an introduction to risk management.


The course begins with an introduction to regulation from both an Irish and European perspective and provides an understanding of the role of compliance within an organisation, before discussing the effect of the relevant regulation and the role of the various regulatory bodies on the operation of the compliance function within an organisation.


It includes in-depth coverage of anti-money laundering, risk management, compliance and governance and data protection. The course will also examine the impact of both civil and criminal liability for breach of regulatory obligation, corporate compliance together with defences and up-to-date case law in relation to risk, and compliance management failures.


This course is particularly suited to:


  • solicitors, barristers and trainees, and other suitably qualified professionals with an interest in compliance and risk in the financial services industry or those wish to expand their knowledge in the area of compliance and risk with a view to moving into the area;
  • solicitors and other suitable professionals who wish to familiarise themselves with compliance and risk;
  • directors or relevant professionals who wish to familiarise themselves with compliance and risk issues in relation to the financial services industry and/or other organisations.


Lecturers will be drawn from solicitors, barristers, accountants, compliance officers, risk management officers and others with experience and expertise in the areas of compliance and risk.


For further information, go to or contact Patricia Harvey, Solicitor, Course Leader:


Inaugural IMRO and Law Society Annual Copyright Lecture – 18 February

Join us for a complimentary lecture on European Copyright Law, from the Printing Press to the Digital Age - a Journey of Constant Change.


This complimentary lecture is at Blackhall Place on 18 February at 6.00pm. Speaking are Dr Mark Hyland, Law Society IMRO Adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property and Professor Alison Firth, Visiting Professor at Newcastle Law School. The lecture is chaired by Victor Finn, Chief Executive, IMRO


Ever since the invention of Gutenberg’s moveable-type printing press in the fifteen century, copyright has been in a constant state of evolution. Similarly, copyright law had to evolve significantly since its first real articulation in the shape of the Statue of Anne (1710). This lecture will trace the evolution of copyright and copyright law in Europe over the last six centuries and highlight how copyright has been forced to adapt so as to address new technical and technological changes. The theme of disruptive technology will be prominent, whether referring to the printing press or, the internet. More contemporary aspects of this theme will be examined in the context of the 2001 Information Society Directive and the 2019 Directive on Copyright and Related Rights in the Digital Single Market.


Date:               18 February 2020

Time:               6.00pm – 7.00pm

Venue:             Lecture Theatre, Education Centre, Law Society of Ireland

Fee:                 Complimentary
CPD Hours:   1 General (by Group Study)



Victor Finn, Chief Executive, Irish Music Rights Organisation




Dr Mark Hyland, Law Society IMRO adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property
Mark Hyland is a lecturer in International Intellectual Property Law at Bangor University Law School, Wales. He has a particular interest in Copyright Law. He also has a strong interest in the interface between Intellectual Property Law and related fields such as Information Technology Law and, Competition Law. His current research focuses on two main themes: website-blocking injunctions in an IP context and, how geolocation/geo-blocking technologies can be used to facilitate the territorial licensing of digital copyright works.

Dr Hyland is a qualified solicitor and contributes articles on EU IP/IT Law developments to the Eurlegal section of the Law Society Gazette.


Professor Alison Firth

Alison Firth originally read Physics at Oxford and has an MSc in polymer physics. She later qualified as a barrister, practising in intellectual property chambers from 1983. From 1987 to 2004 she held full time teaching posts at the centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London. From 2005 to 2009 she was Professor of commercial law at Newcastle Law School. She now holds a chair in law at the University of Surrey and is a Visiting Professor at Newcastle Law School.


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Ar mhaith leat a bheith cláraithe mar aturnae a chleachtann trí Ghaeilge?

The PPCII elective Advanced Legal Practice Irish (ALPI) / Ardchúrsa Cleachtadh Dlí as Gaeilge (CDG Ardchúrsa) is open to practising solicitors who wish to be registered on the Irish Language Register (Law Society) / Clár na Gaeilge (An Dlí-Chumann).


In order to be entered onto the Irish Language Register, a solicitor must take this PPCII elective course and pass all course assessment and attendance requirements.


A Leaving Certificate Higher Level standard of Irish is a minimum entry standard for this course.


The Ardchúrsa Cleachtadh Dlí as Gaeilge (CDG Ardchúrsa) will run from 09 April until 11 June 2020. The course contact hours (lectures and workshops) will be delivered on Thursday evenings from 6pm-8pm at the Law Society. Lectures during weeks 1 and 2 will be made available online on the Thursdays of those weeks; therefore physical attendance for practitioner participants on those particular days is not required. Further online lectures will be made available later in the course. All virtual attendance for online lectures will be recorded and vouched through a comprehension questionnaire.


This course is a ‘blended learning’ one i.e. a mixture of online and face-to-face attendance on specific Thursday evenings. Due to the group work logistics, attendance at all of the face-to-face Thursday evening workshops is essential. Participants will be required to complete individual and group coursework online in between each session. There will be two coursework weeks built into the timetable, to facilitate group collaboration coursework.


Assessment will combine continuous assessment and an end-of-course group project and an individual oral presentation. It is recommended that course participants have a good level of IT skills and be familiar with web browsing, word processing, uploading/downloading files, and watching online videos.


This course will fulfil the full practitioner CPD requirement for 2020.


The Advanced Legal Practice Irish Course was awarded the European Language Label 2012.


The fee for 2020 is €625. Further information, including a brochure and an application form, is available on the Law Society website at


Information on the Irish Language Register / Clár na Gaeilge can be found at


Contact person: John Lunney, Solicitor, Course Manager; tel: 01 672 4802.