Annual Litigation Update

Event Type Law Society Professional Training
Discounted Fee € 150.00
CPD Hours 3.5 General (by Group Study)
Date 06 October 2016 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm



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This annual conference is designed in collaboration with members of the Law Society’s Litigation Committee.

Aim and Objectives

The seminar will deal with topical issues of concern and interest ranging from developments in the High Court to personal injuries update. The aim of the seminar is to provide litigation practitioners with an overview of recent and on-going developments in litigation practice from a practical perspective.    

Topics and Issues Covered

  • PI update – various topical issues.
  • New Rules on the Conduct of High Court Trials & New Pre-trial Procedures in Chancery & Non-Jury Actions
  • Medical negligence update
  • Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act, 2015 – implications for litigation
  • The New Rules -Supreme Court


Ronan O’Neill, Eugene F Collins Solicitors, Chairperson of the Litigation Committee.

Speakers – in order of appearance  

Amy Bradley, LK Shields Solicitors. Amy Bradley is a Partner in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department of LK Shields Solicitors. Amy advises on many aspects of commercial litigation and dispute resolution.  Amy completed her traineeship with LK Shields and qualified as a Solicitor in 2010.  In late 2011 Amy moved to Australia where she gained experience investigating complaints against Financial Services Providers at the Credit Ombudsman’s Service in Sydney.  Following her return to Ireland in 2013, Amy worked as Legal Counsel at a Financial Institution where she managed multi-million euro litigation before the Commercial Court.  Amy rejoined LK Shields Solicitors in April 2015.  Amy has particular experience in dealing with complex matters before the Commercial Court, contentious pensions disputes and alternative dispute resolution. Amy is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences on a range of topics relevant to litigation, with a particular focus on eDiscovery.

Stuart Gilhooly, HJ Ward & Co. Solicitors. Stuart Gilhooly is a litigation solicitor who specialises in personal injuries and is a partner in H J Ward & Co. He is the current junior Vice President of the Law Society and a past President of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association (DSBA). He is the Chairman of the Law Society's Professional Indemnity Insurance Committee and vice-Chairman of the Society's Finance Committee as well being a consultant to and former Chairman of the Litigation Committee. He is also the Law Society's nominee on the Superior Courts Rules Committee. A former editor of the DSBA magazine The Parchment, he is now the main feature writer and was named Journalist of the Year at the 2011 Irish Magazine Awards. He is a member of the judging panel of the Irish Law Awards and of the Justice Media Awards. Stuart regularly writes articles for the both The Parchment and the Law Society Gazette on personals injuries matters and is a frequent contributor to the broadcast media on the same subject.

Michael Boylan, Augustus Cullen Law. Michael is a partner in Augustus Cullen Law and Head of the firm’s Medical Negligence Group. Over the past 35 years he has specialised in the area of medical negligence and has been involved in many hundreds of medical negligence actions including many of the leading Irish medical negligence cases including the leading landmark case of Dunne v. National Maternity Hospital (where he acted for the Plaintiff). He has lectured extensively and has written numerous articles and book chapters. In addition, he recently published his book “A Practical Guide to Medical Negligence Litigation”  (Bloomsbury Professional). He has successfully concluded many complex cases including approximately 90 birth injury, cerebral palsy and other catastrophic injury claims with multi-million pound/Euro awards for various infants and their families.

Áine Hynes, St. John Solicitors. Áine Hynes is a partner in St. John Solicitors. She is a member of the Law Society Mental Health and Capacity Task and Chair of the DSBA Mental Health and Capacity Committee. She has a special interest in the developing area of Capacity Law. She has lectured and written extensively on this subject; including providing guidance to practitioners regarding the additional duties that solicitors have in dealing with vulnerable clients.

The Honorary Justice Donal O’ Donnell, Judge of the Supreme Court. Mr. Justice Donal O'Donnell was born in Belfast and educated at St Mary's C.B.S., University College Dublin (B.C.L.), King's Inns (B.L.) and the University of Virginia (LL.M). He was called to the Irish Bar in 1982, commenced practice in 1983 and was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 1989.  He took silk in 1995 and has practised in all Courts in Ireland, in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). While at the Bar he published articles in the Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly (NILQ), Judicial Studies Institute Journal (JSIJ), and Bar Review. Mr Justice O'Donnell has been a member of the Law Reform Commission since 2005. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy Committee on the Origins of the Constitution.  He became a Bencher of the Kings Inns in 2009 and was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2010. He is a member of the executive committee of the Association of Judges of Ireland.

 The Honorary Justice Frank Clarke, Judge of the Supreme Court. Mr. Justice Frank Clarke was educated at Drimnagh Castle CBS and University College Dublin where he was awarded a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics. After completing his legal studies at King’s Inns he was called to the Bar in 1973 and practiced until his appointment to the High Court in 2004, then becoming senior counsel in 1985. During his time at the Bar he practiced mainly in the commercial and public law fields. Mr. Justice Clarke served for many years on the Bar Council including a term of two years (1993-1995) as its Chair. He also served as Chair of the Council of King’s Inns from 1999 until 2004. He was a member of the Council of the International Bar Association from 1997 to 2004, serving as co-Chair of the Forum for Barristers and Advocates (the international representative body for the independent referral bars) from 1998 to 2002. In the academic field Mr. Justice Clarke was a professor at King’s Inns from 1978 to 1985 and has been Judge in Residence at Griffith College Dublin from 2010 to date. Mr. Justice Clarke was appointed Adjunct Professor in the Law School in Trinity College, Dublin in September 2012. He has served on the board of the Irish Law Reports Monthly and is the nominee to represent the Chief Justice on the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for Ireland. Mr. Justice Clarke was appointed to the Supreme Court in March 2012.


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