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8th September 2017


9am (sharp) - 11am           Points = 2 Solicitors Regulations

Solicitors Regulations     Speaker: Aoife Beirne B.L.

This talk will detail how the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015, when commenced in full, will impact upon solicitors.


The 2015 Act effects the most significant reform of the legal profession and legal costs to date. The Act establishes a new and independent Legal Services Regulatory Authority with responsibility for oversight of the profession. Also due to be commenced shortly are provisions relating to: an independent complaints system, an enhanced legal costs regime (with the Office of the Taxing Master being replaced with the Office of the Legal Costs Adjudicator), a framework for new business models (including the limited liability partnership), and reforms to the regulation of legal services advertising.


11:15 - 1:15                          Points = 2 Group Study

Practice & Procedure         Speaker: Aoife Beirne B.L.

This talk will discuss recent developments in civil practice and procedure. Changes to the rules of court in the High, Circuit and District Courts will be outlined. Any recent practice directions will be discussed.

Case law concerning costs, dismissal of proceedings for inordinate and inexcusable delay and want of prosecution, discovery and inspection and summary judgment will be analysed by reference to the current law.



1:15 - 1:45  -   LUNCH



1:45 - 4:45                                           Points = 3 Management

Computer Management                    Speaker: Elizabeth Nunan  - ACIPD


 Client Care and Conflict of Interest   Speaker: Pamela Keegan B.L.

 The legislative framework for solicitors operating in Ireland is constantly evolving but the core issue of client care is something which the Law Society has recently made much comment about. In its Annual Report of Lay Members 2014 – 2015, the Law Society Complaints and Client Relations Committee, noted that “The number of complaints alleging Inadequate Professional Services has gone up slightly in the past year.”


The Law Society is empowered to investigate complaints against solicitors by or on behalf of clients alleging the following:

  •  misconduct as defined by Section 3 of the Solicitors (Amendment) Act, 1960 as amended by Section 24 of the Solicitors (Amendment) Act, 1994 and by Section 7 of the Solicitors (Amendment) Act, 2002;


  • the provision of inadequate legal services as provided for by Section 8 of the Solicitors (Amendment) Act, 1994;


  • the charging of excessive fees as provided for by Section 9 of the Solicitors (Amendment) Act, 1994;

In addition, the Society may investigate any allegation, including an allegation withdrawn for whatever reason, where the Society considers that, in pursuance of its regulatory functions and in the public interest, the Society ought to investigate or continue to investigate.



Accordingly, this seminar will propose ways to minimise client complaints with reference to the specific types of complaints made to the Law Society in the last number of years. In particular, it will offer template letters for various types of communications with clients, will set out the requirements re: client communications and will also outline changes in statutory duties regarding information to be provided to new clients.



DAY 2 

9th September 2017


9:00 (sharp) - 11:30                                    Points = 2.5 Group Study

Personal Injury Law Updates in 2017      Speaker: Pamela Keegan B.L.

1)      Updates re: legislation for periodic payments

The Civil Liability (Amendment) Bill 2017 has finally reached report stage in the Seanad and this seminar will review the provisions of the Bill and consider how it will impact PI cases in all courts.


 2)      The Supreme Court ruling on The Law Society –v- the MIBI  (Setanta case)

Both the High Court and the Court of Appeal have held that it is the MBI and not the Insurance Compensation Fund that should pay the claims arising from the liquidated Setanta Insurance Company Limited. The Supreme Court has now heard the MIBI’s appeal but what will its ruling be and why?


3)      An overview of High Court, Court of Appeal and Circuit Court cases in 2017

This seminar will consider the judiciary’s current attitude to personal injury claims and the level of general damages from the Circuit Court up.


 4)      The new Personal Injuries Commission


11:45 - 1:45                                                    Points = 2 Group Study

Particulars & Conditions of Sale                 Speaker: Columb Fortune B.L.

 This seminar will offer delegates an overview of the recent changes to the Law Society of Ireland’s former General Conditions of Sale (2009 edition) by the introduction of the new ‘Conditions of Sale’ (2017 edition).


The seminar will explore the background to the introduction of the original conditions, followed by an outline of the Conditions, with a focus on the changes introduced by the 2017 edition."


1:45 - 2:15   - LUNCH


2:15 - 4:45                                                   Points = 2.5 Group Study

Remedies in Conveyancing                      Speaker: Columb Fortune B.L.

"There are a variety of remedies available to the parties to a contract for the sale of land, both at law and through the use of the standard Conditions of Sale of the Law Society.

This seminar will offer delegates an overview of the various remedies which may be available to an aggrieved party at particular stages of the conveyancing process.



It will also explore the different remedies available to both Vendor and Purchaser and the practical implications of invoking them for either party."


Also included:

6 hours e-learning

Comprehensive Notes


Course Type: 2 Day Special CPD Course
Venue: Imperial Hotel, South Mall, Cork
Start Date: 08/09/2017
End Date: 09/09/2017
Start Time: 09:00
End Time: 16:45
Last Booking Date: 07/09/2017
Registration Time: 08:40
Lecturer Name: Various

Cost: 560