Annual In-house and Public Sector Conference

Event Type Law Society Professional Training
Discounted Fee € 150.00
CPD Hours 1 Regulatory Matters, 2.5 Management and Professional Development Skills and 1.5 General (by Group Study)
Date 10 November 2016 10:00 am - 4:00 pm




This annual conference is brought to you by the In-house and Public Sector Committee in collaboration with Law Society Professional Training

Aim and Objectives

This annual conference, presented by the In-house and Public Sector Committee in collaboration with Law Society Professional Training, is aimed at solicitors employed in-house in the private and public sectors. This year’s conference will explore the unique opportunities and challenges we all have as in-house solicitors in Ireland to show leadership in a time of unprecedented change for the profession and the country.

In-house solicitors at all levels and stages of their career are increasingly being called on to display leadership in their roles, and each of us can play an important part in helping lead and guide our organisations as they navigate the uncertainty all around them. The conference will focus in particular on the practical ways we can show this leadership and will hear the views of senior clients, as well as practitioners and industry experts.

We will also hold a panel discussion during which members of the In-house and Public Sector Committee will talk about their own experiences and the opportunities and challenges that they think face the Irish in-house solicitor.

In these testing times, in-house solicitors also need to look after their own welfare and wellbeing, so we will also be looking at “Leader wellness” and sharing some tools and techniques we can use to deal with motivation, resilience and stress management.

Topics and Issues Covered

  • In-house leadership and the in-house solicitor – the client’s perspective  
  • Leading in Uncertain Times
  • Leadership – what are the opportunities and challenges facing all Irish in-house solicitor:
    • Balancing interests
    • Independence and value of the in-house counsel
    • Dealing with conflict
    • Managing change
    • Management and promotion of the legal team
  • Leader wellness   
    • Motivation
    • Mental resilience
    • Stress management   


Speakers in order of appearance:

Ken Murphy, Director General of the Law Society of Ireland – opening address.

Michael Barry, Bord na Mona. Michael has been Chief Financial Officer of Bord na Mona since 2005. Key areas of focus have included raising finance in the US debt private placement market, completion of acquisitions and disposals in addition to overall responsibility for day to day financial matters and reporting. Prior to Bord na Mona, Michael was CFO of a FTSE 250 medical devices company in the UK and also spent a number of years in the US running the family office of a high net worth entrepreneur. Earlier in his career, he held a number of financial and operational roles in the pharmaceutical and electronics industries in Ireland and the US. Michael is a Chartered Accountant and trained in PWC having completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree in UCC.

Steven D’Souza. Steven D’Souza is a world class international executive educator, executive coach, advisor, speaker and bestselling author who has worked at the interface of the world’s leading business schools and corporations to design transformational learning interventions for senior executives globally. He is an Associate Professor of IE Business School, Madrid and an Associate Fellow of the Said Business School of the University of Oxford. He is also a member of the INSEAD Global Leadership Centre. Steven has had a diverse career, becoming a Vice President in an Investment bank before he was thirty. He has global experience across industries and has worked in the fields of HR, Leadership and Talent Management, Diversity, Organisational Development, Recruitment and Internal Communications to have an integrated view of learning solutions.

Anna-Marie Curry, Head of the Legal Department (and Deputy Company Secretary), Bord na Mona plc. Anna-Marie was formerly with Arthur Cox, Solicitors working mainly in corporate law/mergers and acquisitions. She moved in-house to Bord na Mona in 2007. The Legal Department in Bord na Mona provides legal advice and training to all of the Bord na Mona business units.  The legal topics dealt with include areas as diverse as commercial contracts, environmental, planning, property, procurement, litigation, employment and corporate governance.

Brian Connolly, Legal Director, Accenture. Brian Connolly is Director of Legal Services – Local Compliance for Accenture globally, as well as Legal Director for Ireland. Since joining Accenture in 2000, he has been involved in all aspects of its operations in Ireland, regionally and also globally from the negotiation of commercial contracts with Accenture clients and suppliers to the provision of internal compliance and legal support to the business. Prior to that, he held a number of in-house legal positions including in KPMG, Deutsche Bank and the German-Irish Chamber of Commerce.

Antoinette Moriarty, M.Sc. IAHIP Reg combines her understanding of optimum human performance, gained  through her training as a Psychotherapist in London and Dublin with over 20 years’ experience designing and leading professional and executive development for lawyers and other executive leaders. In addition to her private Psychotherapy and Executive Coaching practice (, Antoinette manages the Law Society of Ireland’s Counselling Service and teaches a new element of professional legal education entitled ‘Shrink Me - Psychology of a  Lawyer’.

Seán Ó Tarpaigh, MSc. MIAHIP is a psychotherapist with a master’s degree from Metanoia Institute in London where he had a successful private practice in Hampstead for many years.Seán also led mindfulness groups in the Priory Hospital, London prior to returning to Dublin. He has now returned to Ireland to found his therapy and mindfulness practice, Crann Counselling, in Monkstown, Dublin.

Mary Jackson, BA. MA is LawCare's Co-ordinator for Ireland. LawCare is an independent charity that provides a free and confidential telephone helpline for anyone working in the legal profession who may be having a tough time and is in need of support. Mary qualified as a Solicitor in 1998 and worked in corporate law until 2000, when she went to work as a Regional Manager for the Law Society of England & Wales. Prior to working in law, Mary was an inner-city teacher in London of English, French & Drama.



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