Civil Law

Please Note:

  • New 2021 course descriptors and updates are being uploaded incrementally throughout the year. 
  • Legal course modules are designed to comply with annual CPD requirements for Solicitors (20 hours legal CPD).
CIVIL LAW 

Medical Negligence and Cervical Check Act 2019 – An update December 2021

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Developments in Medical Negligence Litigation, 2019 - 2020   (Click link for more information)

With an increasing number of cervical cancer cases coming before the Courts, there has been much development in this area of law in the past year and a number of Judgments have been handed down from the Superior Courts. Furthermore, there have been other developments in relation to delayed diagnosis cases, which will be of relevance to any practitioner who deals with medical negligence law.

Advance Healthcare Directives (Click link for more information)

Advance Healthcare Directives (AHDs) allow people to express their wishes about any medical treatment in circumstances where they may become incapacitated in the future.  Sometimes the terms living will, advance decision or advance refusal are used. People sometimes make AHDs to limit the treatment given in order not to continue life support, for example, a Do Not Resuscitate Order. Other people make AHDs in order to express a wish that they want all possible treatments to be provided. The Assisted Decision-Making Capacity Act 2015 provides a legal framework for Advance Healthcare Directives in Ireland, but this part of the Act has not yet been commenced. This one hour lecture covers the legal issues surrounding AHDs.

Developments in Medical Negligence Litigation, 2018 - 2019   (Click link for more information)

With the emergence of numerous cases coming before the Court relating to cervical screening in the past year, case law has developed significantly in this area of law. This one hour lecture deals with some of the main issues and case law surrounding cervical screening, along with  a discussion practice and procedure updates.

Consent in Medical Procedures  - An update December 2019 (Click link for more information)

It is generally accepted that every adult human being of sound mind has a right to determine what shall be done to his or her body. It is also a generally accepted legal principle that a doctor who performs an operation or procedure without the patient’s consent commits an assault. The question then is what is consent and when does one have the capacity to give such consent?

Developments in Medical Negligence Litigation, 2017 - 2018  (Click link for more information)

Developments in Medical Negligence Litigation, 2017-2018 by John Healy SC: I. Liability Decisions II. Misdiagnosis & Delayed Diagnosis III. Expert Evidence.

Developments in Medical Negligence Law, 2016 - 2017  (Click link for more information)

Medical negligence cases continue to generate a significant number of reported decisions, some of them unique to their context (the parameters of the Dunne test) and many of them more generally applicable to the law governing limitation periods and the civil process. This lecture rounds up the significant developments since 2016. 

Developments in Medical Negligence Law, 2014-2016 (Click link for more information)

Medical negligence cases continue to generate a significant number of reported decisions, some of them unique to their context (the parameters of the Dunne test) and many of them more generally applicable to the law on causation and damages. This lecture rounds up the significant developments, 2014 - 2016. 

Defamation Law – Practice and Procedure (Click link for more information)

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Defamation and Social Media - An update December 2020 (Click link for more information)

Defamation claims in the context of social media posts have become much more prevalent in recent years, given the wide-ranging use of Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms by individuals and corporations. The Courts are increasingly being asked to make assessments in relation to defamation claims on social media. This one hour lecture analyses at the various issues surrounding defamation cases in the context of social media.

Latest Development in Personal Injuries Law – An update December 2021 (Click link for more information)

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New Developments in Personal Injuries Law - An update December 2020 (Click link for more information)

This one hour lecture, which pre dates the Guidelines on Quantum, analyses a number of recent cases from the Superior Courts which deal with the issue of quantum, recovery of damages for nervous shock and applications for the preservation of evidence.

The Personal Injuries Assessment Board (Amendment) Act 2019 (Click link for more information)

The new personal injuries (amendment) Act 2019 has brought about a number of procedural changes which practitioners, in the area of PI, should become familiar with.

Personal Injuries Litigation - The Court of Appeal - An update December 2018  (Click link for more information)

With the recent influx of fraudulent claims, insurance hikes and high awards in personal injuries actions , The Court of Appeal have issued a number of judgments reducing such awards significantly. This one hour lecture analyses a number of recent PI cases which have come before the Court of Appeal and discusses the reasoning in same.

Fraudulent, False or Misleading Claims - S.26 of the Civil Liability Act 2004 (Click link for more information)

With recent hikes in insurance costs and numerous cases being thrown out of Court due to false and misleading information, practitioners must be on high alert when advising clients on bringing personal injuries actions. This one hour lecture covers the matters which legal    practitioners must consider before issuing proceedings and the  recent case law in this area.

Personal Injuries – An update  December 2017  (Click link for more information)

This one-hour lecture covers the latest developments in Personal Injuries Law. The lecture deals with problems created by parallel proceedings, credibility of witnesses, exaggerated claims and applications to PIAB. 

Personal Injuries – An update December 2016 (Click link for more information)

This short module, introduces you to the latest case law in the area of personal injuries, from the High and Supreme Courts. The course deals with issues pertaining to the Statute of Limitations, problems with PIAB authorisations, liability, the consequences of false or misleading evidence and problems relating to proving psychological damage. The module will cover all recent cases in this area of law. 

Debt Recovery and Loan Assignment - An update December 2020. (Click link for more information)

2020 posed a number of serious problems for the enforcement of debt claims for all forms of creditors as during the pandemic the Courts Service suspended the ability to litigate simple contract debt claims with any form of efficiency. As the Courts were not open as usual during Level 5 restrictions banks and traders had difficulty litigating their contract claims. This one hour lecture deals with the various legal issues which have arisen during the year in the context of debt recovery and loan reassignment.

Debt Collection and Repossession - An update December 2017  (Click link for more information)

This one hour lecture is a practical tour through the different issues which arise in debt collection cases. The lecture gives an update on summary debt procedures, practice and procedure in the High Court, Master’s Court and County Registrar’s Court, along with setting out how to approach a debt claim, the relevant proofs which are needed and how to enforce Court Orders. 

Debt Collection and Repossession An update December 2016 (Click link for more information)

This course focuses on the newest developments and challenges facing practitioners on both sides of the debt collection and repossession divide. 

Hearsay Evidence in Debt Collection Case (Click link for more information)

This short-module gives participants an understanding of how Irish law has developed in relation to hearsay evidence in debt collection cases and the challenges that exist in the aftermath of the Stapleton and Dermody decisions of the High Court. It is particularly relevant to solicitors and barristers with a background in debt collection/banking litigation. 

Mediation in Practice  (Click link for more information)

This module deals with Mediation as a form of alternative dispute resolution. With The introduction of The Arbitration Act 2010, The Mediation Bill which is currently in process and the various Court rules allowing for Mediation, this is an alternative dispute mechanism which every practitioner must become familiar with. This module covers all of the relevant legislation, Court Rule and cases in the area, the types of cases Mediation suits and the rules for running a Mediation in practice. Discontinued 2016. Please refer to Management/Professional Skills CPD for Solicitors, for updates.

The Assessment of Damages in Negligent Advice Cases: Impact of Asset Values  (Click link for more information)

This short-module provides litigators with a practical set of frameworks in terms of quantifying damages in negligent misadvice cases in which losses have been amplified by the loss of value of assets. The course is particularly relevant to solicitors and barristers with professional negligence specialisations (particularly in relation to legal, property, accounting and financial advice).  LOGO 11