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2023 LEGAL CPD PROGRAMME 

25 CPD points € 10 / hour 

Recommended voluntary donation to a Charity of your Choice € 10 / hour

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SPEAKER EXCELLENCE

CPD-Philanthropy would like to acknowledge and thank the Lecturer Panel 2015 - 2023 for supporting this initiative:

 CHOICE

We provide a choice of choice of 93 in person attendance Conference & Seminar Lectures / 'up-to-date' on demand online e-Lectures.

 PHILANTHROPY

We would like to thank you for making a separate donation directly to a charity of your choice.  Your donation is distinct from CPD-Philanthropy and based on good faith.

 FLEXIBILITY

Change and adapt your scheduled lectures in Cork, Limerick, Galway and Dublin to online e-Lectures to suit your schedule throughout the year.

CPD-Philanthropy Lecturer Panel

MR JOHN HEALY SC
MS TERESA BLAKE SC
MR ERCUS STEWART SC

MR ANTHONY MCBRIDE SC
MR MICHAEL P MCGRATH SC

 

MS MAJELLA TWOMEY BL
MR KEITH ROONEY BL
DR SARAH FENNELL BL

MR GARRET BYRNE BL
MR MARK O’RIORDAN BL
MR ASIM A. SHEIKH BL
DR MICHAEL DILLON BL
MS PATRICIA HILL BL

MS ADRIENNE CAWLEY BL
MR MICHAEL KINSLEY BL
MS KATHERINE MC GILLICUDDY BL
MR MARK ALEXANDER CURRAN BL

MS JOANNE WILLIAMS BL
MR GARRETT CHARLES CASEY BL
MR ARTHUR CUNNINGHAM BL

MR NIALL FAHY BL

MS ANNE MARIE MAHER BL

MS JOANNA RALSTON (KELLEHER) BL
MR JACK TCHRAKIAN BL
MR NICK REILLY BL

DR CLAIRE HOGAN BL
MS ALISON FYNES BL

 

PROF. RAYMOND FRIEL (Director, Int. Commercial and Economic Law, School of Law, UNIVERSITY of LIMERICK)
MR EOIN QUILL (Senior Lecturer, School of Law, UNIVERSITY of LIMERICK)
MR EDDIE KEANE (Director, Teaching and Learning, School of Law, UNIVERSITY of LIMERICK)

 OVERVIEW -  LEGAL CPD

In 2023 CPD-Philanthropy provides a choice of 93 in person attendance / 'up-to-date' on demand online 1 hour course modules, within the area of Legal Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

We invite you to build your own CPD programme from CPD-Philanthropy's 2023 Legal CPD Conference, Seminar and e-Learning programme by combining course modules to reflect your interest/requirement: 2023 LEGAL CPD PROGRAMME 

Course module descriptors state aims/learning outcomes, content, net duration and availability.

Please note:

  • Additional 2022 - 2023 course descriptors and 2023 updates are being uploaded on an ongoing basis. 
  • Legal course modules are designed to comply with the annual CPD requirement for Solicitors (25 hours Legal CPD).
  • This directory of course modules provides an overview of current & discontinued lectures which CPD-Philanthropy has provided since 2015.
 PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS / CLIENT CARE 

The Legal Practitioners' Tribunal: A New Departure (Click link for more information)

The Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal was brought into effect in November 2020. However, it was not until 5th April 2022 that it was formally launched. The new Disciplinary Tribunal has been bolstered by the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal Regulations 2021 (S.I. No. 786 of 2021) BUT The Regulations can only be truly understood by having regard to The Legal Services Regulation Act 2015 which essentially underpins those Regulations.

The Legal Services Regulation Act 2015 - Disciplinary Procedures - An update 2020 (Click link for more information)

The Legal Services Regulation Act 2015 establishes the new independent Legal Services Regulatory Authority to regulate all legal practitioners, along with the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal to hear disciplinary cases against barristers and solicitors. The Act makes radical changes to the manner in which legal professionals are regulated. A number of complaints have already been dealt with by the Tribunal. This 2020 one hour lecture covers the main changes in terms of disciplinary, complaints procedures and deals with some of the cases that have come before the Tribunal.

Dealing with Vulnerable & Elderly Clients - An update December 2019 (Click link for more information)

Issues relating to capacity, dignity, personal autonomy, 'Best Interests' and the individual’s  personal rights often arise in relation to the law surrounding vulnerable and elderly clients. The question of what is meant by the Best Interests principle is often interpreted differently by care givers, medical practitioners and lawyers.

Professional Ethics and The Maintenance of  Standards of Best Practice (Click link for more information)

This lecture on the 'Duty of Confidentiality' deals with both Privilege and Confidentiality. Legal professional privilege is a right conferred by law on clients. Confidentiality is a professional duty to keep client’s affairs confidential. This one hour lecture covers some of the issues which arise for Solicitors in respect of both privilege and confidentiality.

Professional Ethics & Regulation (Click link for more information)   

This lecture will assess how solicitors might improve their own practices, taking the dicta set out in the case law into account.

Anti-Money Laundering Knowing your client and other useful tips. (Click link for more information)

This one hour lectures deals with recent developments in the area of AML, including statutory amendments and a number of high profile national and international cases.

Developments in Anti-Money Laundering An update 2021 (Click link for more information)

The Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) (Amendment) Act 2021 (the Act) was signed  on 18 March 2021 and commenced in April 2021. This amends the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Act 2010 (the 2010 Act) and transposes the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5AMLD) into Irish law. This one-hour lecture covers all the main changes in the Act and also analyses various recent case-law.

The 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive  (Click link for more information)

This one hour lecture deals with the various elements of the 5th AML Directive. Member States were required to introduce national implementing legislation by 10 January 2020 transposing the 5th AML Directive into law. The Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) (Amendment) Bill 2020 (the Bill) proposes to amend the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Acts 2010-2018 (the Acts). The Bill transposes many of the elements of 5AMLD. 

The Criminal Justice (Money Laundering & Terrorist Financing) Act 2018 (Click link for more information)

On the 14th of November 2018, legislation was enacted to transpose the Fourth Anti Money Laundering Directive (MLD4) into Irish law. This one hour lecture deals with the reforms which the Act introduces.

Solicitors Accounts Regulations – Common Breaches and Pitfalls (Click link for more information)

This one hour lecture covers various aspects of The Solicitors Accounts Regulations 2014, Solicitors Accounts (Amend) Regulations 2021 and the role of The Regulation of Practice Committee.

Solicitors Accounts Regulations A Case Law update 2021 (Click link for more information)

This one-hour lecture gives an overview on the Solicitor Account Regulations 2014 and highlights the most common regulatory breaches. The lecture also covers how practitioners can avoid breaching the regulations and it analyses recent case law on the topic.

Solicitors Accounts Regulations - What every Solicitor should know. (Click link for more information)

This one- hour lecture focuses on some of the main recurring breaches under The Solicitors Accounting Regulations and deals with some of the more recent case law on this topic.

The Legal Services Regulation Act 2015 / Section 150 Notices  (Click link for more information)

With the commencement of several sections of the LSRA 2015, in October 2019, new obligations have been placed on Legal Practitioners in relation to notifying clients regarding fees and detailed Bills of Costs. Furthermore, there are new disciplinary procedures in place for all members of the legal profession, along with changes to the complaints procedure.

Anti-Money Laundering & Accounting I – Are you compliant? (Click link for more information)

This one hour lecture give an overview of the Irish law on AML and  sets out the provisions of the EU AML Directives.

Anti-Money Laundering II – The Irish Context (Click link for more information)

The Department of Justice’s annual report on money laundering and terrorist financing, reveals almost 14,900 alerts were raised by banks in 2016. The lecture will assess which businesses are ‘high risk’ and analyse how businesses should change their practices in order to comply with the AML law. 

Anti-Money Laundering – Compliance and Risk Assessment / 2017 (Click link for more information)

The Fourth EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive (EU 2015/849) (AMLD4),  came  into force in June 2015, and  will replace the Third Anti-Money Laundering Directive (2005/60/EC) . This must be transposed by member states by 26 June 2017.  

Anti-Money Laundering –A Case Law update / 2017 (Click link for more information)

This one hour lecture analyses the latest cases in this area of law and highlights the pitfalls to avoid when carrying out due diligence and AML compliance.

Legal Professional Negligence – Recent Case law / 2017 (Click link for more information)

This lecture will focus on the latest cases from the High Court, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal in relation to professional negligence.

Regulatory Matters / 2016-17 (Click link for more information)

This lecture series covers the latest legislation and regulations governing Solicitors in Ireland. Solicitors must undertake two CPD hours in relation to regulatory matters. Furthermore, sole practitioners and compliance partners must undertake a minimum of three hours CPD in relation to regulatory matters, of which at least two hours shall be accounting and anti-money laundering compliance. This lecture covers all relevant CPD, regulatory requirements both for sole practitioners/ compliance partners and/or Solicitors who must undertake the minimum two hour requirement. 

Solicitors Regulation / 2015  (Click link for more information) 

This short module, introduces you to the recent Solicitor cases which have appeared in The Solicitor’s List and The High Court. It analyses up-to-date case law involving Solicitors and The Law Society ,alleged conflicts of interest, disgruntled clients and professional negligence cases. The module highlights how to avoid potential litigation and how to ensure compliance with Solicitor’s Regulations. 

PRACTICE & PROCEDURE 

Injunctions - When and how to bring them? (Click link for more information)

Injunctions are a common occurrence in litigation. Litigators should be aware of the practicalities and pitfalls related to brining injunctions and of the practice and procedures surrounding same. This one hour lecture deals with the practice and procedure involved in injunction applications along with an analysis of the latest case law in the area.

The Statute of Limitations and Limitations of Actions (Click link for more information)

The Statute of Limitations is, perhaps, the biggest enemy of every Lawyer. Time limits for issuing proceedings must be strictly adhered to and serious consequences can flow for failure to comply with the relevant time periods laid down. This one- hour lecture gives a comprehensive overview of the relevant statutory time periods for various causes of actions.

Judicial Review - Practice and Procedure - An update December 2019  (Click link for more information)

Judicial review is a discretionary remedy whereby the High Court exercises supervisory jurisdiction over the “inferior” courts, other tribunals and a wide range of public bodies. This one hour lecture seeks to provide a general overview on some aspects of judicial review that have been considered by the Irish Superior Courts over the last 12 months.

The Mediation Act 2017 (Click link for more information)

With the recent introduction of The Mediation Act 2017, alternative dispute resolution is set to become much more common in civil and commercial law cases. This one hour lecture will cover the most pertinent points of the new legislation, for practitioners.

Judicial Review – Practice and Procedure - An update December 2016 (Click link for more information)

Order 84 of The Rules of the Superior Courts deals with procedural changes regarding the bringing of Judicial Review applications. This lecture covers the practice and procedure involved in High Court, Judicial Review applications and provides Solicitors with an overview of the relevant rules. 

New High Court Rules - Practice and Procedure  (Click link for more information)

The new High Court Rules were introduced due to cases being in lists for a long time, a failure to settle cases until hearing, lengthy trial and superfluous witnesses, all leading to increased costs. This one hour lectures covers the main changes brought about by I. 254 of 2016 – Rules of the Superior Courts (Conduct of Trials) 2016 S.I. 255 of 2016 – Rules of the Superior Courts (Chancery and Non-Jury Actions and Other Designated Proceedings: Pre-trial Procedures) 2016.

The Court of Appeal – Practice & Procedure  (Click link for more information)

The Court of Appeal was established under The Court of Appeal Act 2014 and allows for new procedures in relation to bringing High Court appeals. This lecture introduces participants to the recent legislation and rules which govern The Court of Appeal and deals with the practice and procedures for bringing appeals before the Court. 

CHANCERY LAW 

Developments in Insolvency and Restructuring - An update December 2022 (Click link for more information)

This one hour lecture discusses the recent European Union (Preventive Restructuring) Regulations 2022 – S.I. No. 380/2022 and the new section 224A re directors’ duties in imminent insolvency long with recent case law on the subject.

Examinership Reform An update December 2022 (Click link for more information) 

This one-hour lecture deal with the changes to the law in the area of Examinership, along with recent cases.

Commercial Law - An update 2021 (Click link for more information)

This one-hour lecture gives a practical overview on the changes in the law relating to  practice and procedures & hearsay evidence in commercial proceedings. Furthermore, it analyses how recent case law has impacted commercial settlements and explains how this might be of relevance to practice.

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.

Receivership Law - An update December 2019 (Click link for more information)

The last 10 years have seen a marked increase in the use of Receivers. This one hour lecture will discuss the development in this area of law.

Probate & Succession Law - An update December 2022 (Click link for more information)

This one-hour lecture covers an array of issues which are pertinent to any practitioner dealing with Wills, Estates and Intestacy claims.

Section 117 of The Succession Act 1965 – Claims for Proper Provision (Click link for more information)

Family disputes are common in probate law, particularly cases involving children who have not benefited from a parent’s Will. This one-hour lecture gives an outline of the relevant principles in such cases and covers the appropriate practice and procedure in such cases. The lecture also analyses the latest case law in this area.

Probate Case Law – An update December 2021 (Click link for more information)

The issue of un-executed amendments to Wills and the weight to be attached to same is one that often arises. This issue was assessed by the High Court in 2021, in the McEnroe case and is dealt with in this lecture. Another area of interest for Probate practitioners is undue influence and the Circuit Court case of ‘In the Estate of Eileen Cunningham’ set out some interesting principles in this respect, which are also dealt with in this lecture. Recent case law on the issue of a valid revocation is also analysed.

Probate - Recent Developments – An update December 2020 (Click link for more information)

This one hour lecture covers some of the procedural changes which have been brought about by the new SA2 Form, which replaces the Inland Revenue Form, and deals with matters which must be included in same. The lecture also analyses some recent High Court cases on the topics of co-habitation and revocation of Wills.

Probate Law - Latest Developments - An update December 2019  (Click link for more information)

A number of cases have been handed down by the superior courts, in recent years, dealing with Will challenges, duress, undue influence, Section 117 and issues relating to the capacity of the Testator, inter alia. This one hour lecture analyses some of the latest cases which have come before the Courts and the principles of law which have been set out in these cases.

Probate Actions - An update December 2018 (Click link for more information)

 Succession Law & Probate: Update & Practice in Contentious and Non-Contentious Business. 

Probate Law - An update December 2017 (Click link for more information)

This one hour lecture deals with a myriad of topics pertaining to probate law issues, which came before the Courts in recent times. The lecture covers issues such as homemade wills, problems relating to residue clauses and he role of the personal representative.

Probate Law and The Modern Family – An update December 2016 (Click link for more information)

This module deals with spouses and civil partners, section 117 claims and claims by cohabitants for proper provision. 

Insolvency and Restructuring in the context of Covid-19 (Click link for more information)

This one-hour lecture deals with recent developments in the law of examinership. The lecture gives an update on Superior Court cases which arose in 2021 in the context of examinership, crystallisation, winding up against the backdrop of the Covid 19 and disputes arising between shareholders.

Banking and Insolvency Developments - An update December 2020 (Click link for more information)

The onset of the global pandemic saw a number of companies going into examinership. Covid 19 also caused the introduction of the Companies (Misc Provisions) (Covid 19) 2020. This one hour lecture covers some of the  legal issues which arose in the area of bankruptcy and insolvency as a result of Covid19 and  it analyses some of the recent case law in the area.

Insolvency Law - An update December 2019 (Click link for more information)

This insolvency law update covers some of the main changes in the past year in the area of Insolvency law and Personal Insolvency Arrangements. This one hour lecture examines case law on Liquidator’s costs, unsuccessful examinerships and recent case law on PIAs.

Personal Insolvency & Bankruptcy - An update December 2018 (Click link for more information)

Insolvency is an ever-evolving area of law in Ireland, covering a broad array of topics including Examinership and Liquidation. This one hour lecture will cover some of the main principles and the more recent Judgment.

Insolvency Law - An update December 2017  (Click link for more information)

This one hour lecture covers the latest developments in insolvency and deals with up to date cases such as Killally v Official Assignee [2014] 4 IR 365, Re Gaynor (A Bankrupt) [2017] IEHC 27 and Re McFeely (A Bankrupt) [2016] IEHC 299. 

Introduction to the Legal Aspects of the Banking Relationship  (Click link for more information)

This short-module provides lawyers with an overview of the various different aspects of lending money from the establishment of relationships of lending and security to the non-contractual liabilities of bankers. It is particularly relevant to trainee or newly qualified banking solicitors or litigators/barristers working in the debt collection area and seeking a greater understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of the relationships between banks and their customers. 

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. 

CIVIL LAW 

Medical Malpractice Latest Developments An update December 2022 (Click link for more information)

This one-hour lecture covers the latest developments in Medical Litigation & Damages. There is a specific focus on the new personal injuries guidelines and developments in nervous shock case law.

Medical Negligence and Cervical Check Act 2019 – An update December 2021 (Click link for more information)

With an increasing number of women’s health cases coming before the Courts, there has been much development in the area of law relating to screening programmes, cervical cancer and issues arising during pregnancy and birth. 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.

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.

Latest Developments in Social Media and Defamation Law An update December 2022 (Click link for more information)

As social media is now an integral part of daily law, it is imperative for practitioners to be aware of the legal issues which can arise in relation to the use of same. This one hour lecture focuses on some of the latest case-law and other developments in terms of legislation.

Defamation Law and Social Media II - An update December 2021 (Click link for more information)

The Courts are increasingly being asked to make assessments in relation to defamation claims on social media. Defamation claims in the context of social media have become much more prevalent in recent years, given the wide-ranging use of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok , inter-alia,  by individuals and corporations. This one-hour lecture analyses the various issues surrounding defamation cases in the context of social media, including the different types of platforms, anonymity and the liability of such social media platforms.

Defamation and Social Media I - 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.

Personal Injuries Law Post New Personal Injuries Guidelines An update December 2022 (Click link for more information)

Since the introduction of the recent PI guidelines, there have challenges to the Superior Courts in relation to same. This one hour lecture deals with some of the issues which have arisen since the introduction of the guidelines.

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

The introduction of the new personal injuries guidelines in April 2021 has significantly changed the landscape of quantum and how quantum is assessed in this area of law. This one- hour lecture analyses how the law has changed following the commencement of the guidelines and deals with the latest case law in this area. Furthermore, it covers recent changes to practice and procedure.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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).  

 CRIMINAL LAW

Criminal Procedures ‘Bail in the District Court’ (Click link for more information)

Module descriptor will be published shortly. To book this e-lecture please follow the link provided.

Intoxication as a Defence – An update December 2021 (Click link for more information)

The Supreme Court case of Eadon [2019] carried out an in-depth analysis on the law on Intoxication as a Defence. This one-hour lecture analyses the law pre and post Eadon and guides practitioners through the many red flags and legal issues which can arise in putting up such a defence.

Evidence in Driving Offences- An update December 2019 (Click link for more information)

The law in Road Traffic matters is a complex and ever-changing one where the penalties for various offences have gradually increased over the years. Also, Road Traffic law is replete with evidential presumptions and technicalities. This one hour lecture discusses the various complexities and technicalities which arise in relation to road traffic offences.

The District Court: The Right to Silence (Click link for more information)

In the past number of years Solicitors have been permitted to sit with clients while they are being interviewed by Gardaí and the Criminal legal aid system has been modified to allow for payments to Solicitor performing this service. This brings Ireland into line with other countries such as the USA & the UK. This one hour lecture seeks to provide some guidance, tips and relevant case law in relation to acting for clients who are being interviewed by Gardaí. The lecture focuses, in particular, on the right to silence and when it should be advised.

Drink Driving – An update December 2017 (Click link for more information)

The law on drink driving is the subject of regular litigation in the higher courts and regular amendment by the Oireachtas both in the nature of the offences, the manner in which they are investigated and tried, the means by which evidence can be adduced and the penalties that apply in the case of conviction. The last year has seen developments in all of these areas. 

When Intoxication is a Defence to Criminal Offences (Click link for more information)

It is crucial to recognise that as lawyers we often ignore evidence of intoxication by clients
when those clients are providing an account of what happened during the commission of a
suspect offence. 

Anti-Money Laundering Knowing your client and other useful tips. (Click link for more information)

Module descriptor will be published shortly. To book this e-lecture please follow the link provided.

Developments in Anti-Money Laundering An update 2021 (Click link for more information)

The Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) (Amendment) Act 2021 (the Act) was signed  on 18 March 2021 and commenced in April 2021. This amends the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Act 2010 (the 2010 Act) and transposes the Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (5AMLD) into Irish law. This one-hour lecture covers all the main changes in the Act and also analyses various recent case-law.

The 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive  (Click link for more information)

This one hour lecture deals with the various elements of the 5th AML Directive. Member States were required to introduce national implementing legislation by 10 January 2020 transposing the 5th AML Directive into law. The Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) (Amendment) Bill 2020 (the Bill) proposes to amend the Criminal Justice (Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing) Acts 2010-2018 (the Acts). The Bill transposes many of the elements of 5AMLD.

The Criminal Justice (Money Laundering & Terrorist Financing) Act 2018 (Click link for more information)

On the 14th of November 2018, legislation was enacted to transpose the Fourth Anti Money Laundering Directive (MLD4) into Irish law. This one hour lecture deals with the reforms which the Act introduces.

Anti-Money Laundering & Accounting I – Are you compliant? (Click link for more information)

This one hour lecture give an overview of the Irish law on AML and  sets out the provisions of the EU AML Directives.

Anti-Money Laundering II – The Irish Context (Click link for more information)

The Department of Justice’s annual report on money laundering and terrorist financing, reveals almost 14,900 alerts were raised by banks in 2016. The lecture will assess which businesses are ‘high risk’ and analyse how businesses should change their practices in order to comply with the AML law. 

Anti-Money Laundering – Compliance and Risk Assessment / 2017 (Click link for more information)

The Fourth EU Anti-Money Laundering Directive (EU 2015/849) (AMLD4),  came  into force in June 2015, and  will replace the Third Anti-Money Laundering Directive (2005/60/EC) . This must be transposed by member states by 26 June 2017.  

Anti-Money Laundering –A Case Law update / 2017 (Click link for more information)

This one hour lecture analyses the latest cases in this area of law and highlights the pitfalls to avoid when carrying out due diligence and AML compliance.

EMPLOYMENT LAW 

Developments in Employment Law - An update December 2022 (Click link for more information)

During the course of the Covid 19 pandemic, there have been a number of developments in Employment Law, including significant legislative developments and changes regarding the  use of Judicial Review Proceedings and Isaac Wunder Orders.

The Employment Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2018 (Click link for more information)

The 2018 Act brings about a number of changes to existing pieces of employment legislation including a new requirement for a 5 day statement to be given to employees, the prohibition of zero hour contracts and minimum payment entitlements for employees.

Employment Law post Zalweski – An update December 2021 (Click link for more information)

The recent 2021 Supreme Court case of Zalewski fundamentally changed the manner in which claims are heard in the WRC. This one -hour lecture gives a general overview on current employment law and practice and procedure, and it refers to practical strategies which can be utilised in litigation. It analyses the Zalewski case and explains how the outcome of the case affects the manner in which practitioners will now present cases before the WRC. The lecture also deals with Protected Disclosures and recent case law on that topic.

Employment Law II - An update December 2020 (Click link for more information)

With the onset of Covid-19, employers and employees faced a whole new set of challenges. This one hour lectures deals with some of the issue which arose as a result of the global pandemic as well as giving a round up on other new developments as well as upcoming legislative changes.

Employment Law I - An update December 2018 (Click link for more information)

Bullying and harassment cases have seen a sharp incline in recant years with the advent of the #metoo movement and a growing awareness about the adverse effects of workplace bullying on employee’s mental health. This one-hour lecture sets out how such claims can be brought, the time limits and the potential damages which a successful claimant might expect to receive. The lecture also touches upon rights and responsibilities surrounding protected disclosures along with the recent law on workplace suspensions.

The Protected Disclosures Act 2014 (Click link for more information)

This one hour lecture deals with the latest developments in relation to protected disclosures. 

Paternity Leave & Benefit Act 2016 (Click link for more information)

This one hour lecture deals with the changes brought about by the recent paternity leave act. 

The Workplace Relations Act 2015 (Click link for more information)

The Workplace Relations Act 2015 was enacted in May 2015 and commenced in October 2015. It makes significant changes to the law in relation to employment disputes and it provides for the abolishment of The Employment Appeals Tribunal and The Rights Commissioner, among other bodies, in order to create a more streamlined procedure for employment disputes in Ireland. The Act provides for the creation of The Workplace Relations Commission and make alterations to present time limits for instituting challenges. 

 FAMILY LAW 

Family Law Latest Developments An update December 2022 (Click link for more information)

This one-hour lecture deals with recent case law developments in the High Court regarding various aspects pertaining to Divorce and Co-Habitation cases.

Family Law – Mediation and Collaborative Law (Click link for more information) 

As Mediation is now widely used in Family Law  by  private practitioners,  the Legal Aid Board Family Mediation Service and by Community Mediation Service, this one-hour lecture aims to cover how and when Mediation can be used effectively in order to progress cases in a pragmatic and cost-effective manner.  The lecture covers how Mediation can be successfully used in the following types of cases: Custody, Access, Guardianship, Maintenance,  Judicial Separation, Divorce and Succession.

Latest Family Law Developments - An update December 2020 (Click link for more information) 

This one hour lecture deals with recent cases of the superior Court in the area of Family Law. The Supreme Court, and High Court have handed down a number of significant judgments in the past year in relation to areas of law such a nullity, domestic violence, barring orders and costs.

Divorce Reform & Recent Family Law Developments An update December 2019 (Click link for more information) 

With the Thirty-eight Amendment of the Constitution (Dissolution of Marriage Act), 2019 and the introduction of The Family Law Act, 2019, changes have been brought about in relation to the law on divorce in Ireland. This one hour lecture discussed those changes along with an analysis of some of the recent case law.

Assisted Human Reproduction and The Children & Family Act 2015 - An update December 2018 (Click link for more information) 

With advances in medical science and the establishment of fertility clinics providing services including IVF, donor assisted human reproduction and advice on surrogacy, it is imperative for legal practitioners to be aware of the legal consequences and issues which can arise in relation to assisted human reproduction. This one hour lecture gives an outline of the law in Ireland at present and deals with various cases which have engaged with this topic. The lecture also refers to proposed changes in the law going forward.

Family Law - An update December 2017 (Click link for more information)

This one hour lecture covers the latest developments in Family Law, including the new Circuit Court Rules and the proposed changes to be introduced in relation to Domestic Violence Law.

The Children & Family Relationship Act 2015 – An update December 2016 (Click link for more information) 

The Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 makes significant changes to the law in relation to guardianship, custody and access, along with new provisions dealing with Assisted Human Reproduction. This lecture aims to give attendees a good working knowledge of the recent changes in order to advise clients in Family Law cases. 

Assisted Human Reproduction - An update (Click link for more information)

This short module, introduces you to the legal issues surrounding the complex area of assisted human reproduction and the recent changes in this area of law, brought about  The Children & Family Relationships Act 2015. The module deals with the seminal cases on surrogacy and the legal problems arising from In vitro Fertilisation. Irish and international law will be dealt with in the module. 

Child Law An update (Click link for more information)

This short module, introduces you to the legal issues surrounding the rights of the child and the responsibilities of parents. The module covers recent changes brought about by The Children & Family Relationship Act 2015 along with recent case law dealing with guardianship, custody, access, child abduction and supervision and care orders. 

HEALTHCARE LAW

The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 A New Beginning (Click link for more information)

This one-hour lecture discusses the principles underpinning the new legislation and outlines the importance of the ‘Nothing about us without us’- human rights based- people-centred approach. The lecture focuses on the main changes being brought in by The Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015 and Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Amendment Bill.

The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 – An update December 2021 (Click link for more information)

The issue of capacity arises in numerous areas of law such as Wardship, Powers of Attorney, the loss of capacity arising from accidents/medical negligence and the protection of vulnerable persons. The Assisted Decision-Making Capacity Act 2015, parts of which are commencing imminently, introduces a number of new concepts relating to the issue of capacity, decision making and self-determination. This one- hour lecture evaluates the aims and objectives of the Act and sets out the new changes in relation to decision-making, Wardship and the Decision Support Services.

The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015: How will consent change? (Click link for more information)

The introduction of The Assisted Decision-Making Capacity Act 2015 raises numerous questions in relation to the definition of consent. This one hour lecture focuses on the issue of consent in the context of the Act and analyses some recent case law on the topic.

Elderly Clients & The Fair Deal SchemeAn update 2022 (Click link for more information)

The scheme was introduced to pay for long-term care for persons in need of the services of an “approved nursing home”. It is a “statutory scheme” introduced by an Act of the Oireachtas and it is administered by the Health Services Executive (HSE) with the assistance of the Revenue Commissioners. It was introduced by the Nursing Homes Support Act 2009.

The Regulation of Nursing Homes An update 2020 (Click link for more information)

In the Republic of Ireland, approximately 30,000 persons live in a long-term residential care setting. There are three broad categories of nursing homes – public, private and voluntary and there are approximately 584 nursing homes in the Republic of Ireland. Consequently, various legal issues arise for the owners and operators of nursing homes such as registration, regulation and inspections. This one our lecture gives an overview of the current law relating to nursing homes in Ireland.

Legal Issues re Powers of  Attorney, Vulnerable Clients and End-Of-Life Care (Click link for more information)

In contrast to general powers of attorney, EPAs only come into effect during the donor’s subsequent mental incapacity. EPAs may be restricted regarding the authority granted or the property captured by the power. Practitioners are commonly faced with the issue of having to create an enduring power of attorney for elderly or vulnerable clients. This one-hour lecture guides practitioners through the practicalities of creation, registration and subsequent Court applications which may arise when dealing with enduring powers of attorney.

Advance Healthcare Directives - Living Wills (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.

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?

Capacity & The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 - An update December 2020 (Click link for more information)

The issue of capacity arises in numerous areas of law such as wardship, powers of attorney, the loss of capacity arising from accidents/medical negligence and the protection of vulnerable persons. The Assisted Decision-Making Capacity Act 2015 introduces a number of new concepts relating to the issue of capacity, decision making and self-determination. This one hour lectures evaluates the aims and objectives of the Act.

The Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act – 2015 (Click link for more information)

This short module introduces the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 which was signed into law on 30th December 2015. The enactment of this Act has been long-awaited and was a long time in the making. The measures in this Act dramatically alter the landscape surrounding the law on capacity in Ireland and it brings about the long-awaited repeal of the Victorian-era Lunacy Regulation (Ireland) Act 1871 and the Marriage of Lunatics Act 1811.

Wardship An update December 2021 (Click link for more information)

This one-hour lecture gives an overview of the different types of wardship applications, the proofs required, the matters to be set out in the Affidavit and Petition. The lecture also analyses a number of significant Supreme Court cases in this area of law. Practitioners should be aware that the Circuit Court will have jurisdiction in relation to Wardship applications when the relevant part of The ADMC Act 2015 are commenced.

Wardship - Practice and Procedure - An update December 2020 (Click link for more information)

This one hour lecture deals the various procedures available to practitioners in bringing Warship applications. It sets out the test for Wardship as laid down by Order 67 of The Rules of the Superior Courts and The Lunacy Regulation (Ireland) Act 1871. The lecture also explains how to bring an application for an Intended Warship pursuant to Section 11 of the Act and explains what a temporary Ward is.

Elderly clients & The Fair Deal Scheme - An update 2018 (Click link for more information)

The Fair Deal Scheme was introduced as a result of the closure of the Nursing Home Subvention Scheme which closed to new applications on October 27th 2009. Many questions of law arise in relation to the working of the scheme. This one hour lecture covers some of the practical problems which arise in the context of the scheme and how those can be dealt with. 

Capacity, Wardship & Powers of Attorney - An update December 2017 (Click link for more information)

This one hour lecture gives an overview of the relevant legislation, conventions and case law pertaining to capacity, wardship and powers of attorney. 

PROPERTY LAW 

Multi Unit Developments Problems & Solutions An update December 2022 (Click link for more information)

This one hours lecture covers some of the common and recurring problems which arise when dealing with management companies and aim to assist in providing solutions for same.

An update on Multi Unit Developments & OMCs (Click link for more information)

The MUDs Act 2011 introduced new rules and procedures for management companies of multi-unit developments. Since the commencement of the Act, numerous issues have arisen in relation to the failure of developers to transfer common areas and in relation to problems with the Owners Management Company falling off the register, inter alia.

Property Law Legislation and Case Law An update December 2022 (Click link for more information)

This one hour lecture gives a whistle-stop tour through the various developments in residential and commercial property in the recent times.

Residential Landlord and Tenant Law – An update December 2021 (Click link for more information)

Since the onset of Covid 19, there have been many changes in residential landlord & Tenant Law.  There are now more paper based adjudications and Virtual hearings as well as Telephone mediation. Furthermore, there are five different pieces of legislations since the onset of Covid 19. This one-hour lecture guides practitioners through the recent changes in this respect.

Commercial Tenancies – An update 2021 (Click link for more information)

This one- hour lecture guides practitioners through the COVID- 19 Code of Conduct for Commercial Landlords, which was introduced during the pandemic. The code focuses on practical and pragmatic solutions which can be employed by Landlords to deal with Tenants who are in arrears. The lecture also analyses some of the latest case of the Superior Courts in this area of law.

Case Law Developments in Undertakings - An update 2020 (Click link for more information)

The law on Solicitors undertakings has evolved steadily over the past 15 years, with a growing body of case law and Regulations setting out the general principles in relation to the duties and responsibilities of Solicitors in relation to the giving of undertakings. This one hour lecture covers the main general principles governing the law in this area and analyses some of the more recent superior court cases on undertakings.

Property Law – An update December 2020 (Click link for more information)

This lecture covers some of the recent developments in the Superior Courts in the area of Property Law.  Recent judgments have dealt with issues such as judgment mortgage and joint tenants, specific performance and  the consent of a landlord in relation in changes on a commercial property. 

Residential Tenancies Board Cases - An update December 2020 (Click link for more information)

With the introduction of The Residential Tenancies Act 2019 along with further new legislation due to the onset of Covid-19,  a number changes have arisen in relation to Tenant’s rights and Landlord’s  obligations. Notice period have changed and the RTB has new powers of sanctions and investigations. There are also new protections for Tenants who have fallen into rent arrears due to the pandemic or who cannot be evicted due to the public health restrictions. This one hour lecture gives an overview of all of the most recent changes.

Conditions of Sale 2019 & The Residential Tenancies Act 2019 (Click link for more information)

2019 brought about many new changes in the area of residential tenancies and conveyancing practice, which all property lawyers should familiarise themselves with.

The Residential Tenancies (Amendment) Act 2015 (Click link for more information)

This one hour lecture deals with residential tenancies and the Planning and Development (Housing) and Residential Tenancies Act 2016.

Conveyancing - Subject to Contract & Completion Notices - An update December 2018 (Click link for more information)

Lawyers often encounter difficulties with the age-old phrase ‘subject to contract’. With a large amount of legal work being carried out online at present, the problem has been magnified.  This one- hour lecture deal with the potential pitfalls of using this phrase and/ or of failing to use it. It also offers practical guidance in relation to how the phrase can be used effectively. The lecture also analyses recent Judgments of the Superior Court on the issue of Completion Notices.

Conveyancing – Conditions of Sale 2017  (Click link for more information)

The new conditions of sale 2017, bring about a number of changes in relation to enquiries and requisitions, planning and special conditions. This lectures covers some of the legal problems which arise in  conveyancing, such as the principle of caveat emptor, subject to contract and particulars and tenure. 

Building & Construction Law - An update December 2018 (Click link for more information)

The Supreme Court case of Brandley v Deane [2017] IEHC 83, handed down in November 2017 clarified the law in relation to limitation periods for building defect claims. This one hour lecture analyses the Judgment along with dealing with defects periods in standard form clause.  The lecture also engages with topical issues such as costs and dispute resolution clauses.

Commercial TenanciesAn update June 2021 (Click link for more information)

Module descriptor will be published shortly. To book this lecture/e-lecture please follow the link provided.

Commercial Tenancies - An update December 2018  (Click link for more information)

As most commercial tenancies engage lengthy time periods, problems often arise in relation to issues which occur during the tenancy itself or when one of the parties tries to end the tenancy before the agreed time. Landlords also encounter problems with dilapidations and rent reviews. This one house lecture covers a number of current topics and analyses some of the recent case law in the areas.

An update on Undertakings / 2017 (Click link for more information)

This one hour lecture deals with the latest case law from the Superior Courts on undertakings and will highlight the potential pitfalls to avoid.

Property Law An update 2016 (Click link for more information)

This module deals with the latest cases relating to adverse possession, repossession, partition and the circuit court jurisdiction. 

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