Business Law 2017

Event Type Law Society Finuas Network
Discounted Fee € 150.00
CPD Hours 5.5 General (by Group Study) & 1 Regulatory Matters (by Group Study)
Date 18 November 2016 9:30 am - 4:45 pm




Business Law 2017 is a one-day conference aimed at providing solicitors a survey of anticipated developments in 2017 in many of the key business law areas. The conference will draw on the experience of solicitors who are acknowledged leaders in their fields and will also bring practitioners up to date on a range of important practice points and topics. As well as providing continuing legal education, the event will equip business lawyers with valuable know-how for use in business development.

Topics and Issues Covered

  • Brexit – an economic and a legal perspective
  • Company law developments in 2017 and beyond, including the Companies (Accounting) Act
  • Latest developments on disclosure of Beneficial Ownership
  • Impact of the Fourth Anti- Money Laundering Directive on Solicitors
  • Data Protection 2017 – the General Data Protection Regulation
  • Updates on 2017 anticipated developments in competition law, consumer law and contract law
  • Assisted Decision-Making Capacity Act 2015
  • ADR, contractual provisions and litigation


Robert Heron, Chairperson of the Business Law Committee. Robert is General Counsel to Dunnes Stores, a grocery, clothing and homewares retailer which is one of Ireland’s largest companies. He was a corporate partner in Matheson from 1995 to 2013. 

Speakers – in order of appearance

Dr Thomas B Courtney, Arthur Cox. Tom is a corporate partner in Arthur Cox where he is head of the firm’s Company Compliance and Governance group. He is Chairperson of the Company Law Review Group and has been since its establishment in 2000. He is author of The Law of Companies (3rd ed; 2012), co-general editor with Lyndon MacCann S.C. of Companies Acts 1963 – 2012 and editor and contributor of Bloomsbury Professional’s Guide to the Companies Act 2014 (2015). Tom’s practice area is company law, corporate governance and legislation and his clients range from leading national and international companies to corporate groups and not-for-profits.

Paul Egan, Mason Hayes and Curran. Paul is a Partner and Chairman of Mason Hayes & Curran Corporate Department, practising in corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions. He advises public, private and State-owned companies generally and on matters of company law, corporate governance and securities law. Paul is the author or co-author of several publications, including EU Securities Legislation (Co-authored with Mason Hayes & Curran Partner Fionán Breathnach, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2014), The Companies Acts of Ireland and the UK: Comparative Tables (Jordans, 1991 and 1995), Irish Corporate Procedures (Jordans, 1993, 1995 and 2007) and Irish Company Secretarial Precedents, Jordans 1995, 1999, 2003 and 2009). He also speaks regularly on legal matters.

Joy Compton, Compton Solicitors. Joy Compton is the vice Chairperson of the Business Law Committee and a consultant with Compton Solicitors where she is Head of the firm’s Corporate Department. She has 20 years experience in the area of Commercial and Corporate law advising in relation to Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures, Management Buyouts, Corporate Restructuring , Corporate Governance matters and also advising clients in their day to day business in relation to commercial contracts. Joy has written a number of articles for various publications including “Legal Aspects of Doing Business in Ireland” and the Irish chapter of a book on “Directors’ Liability and Indemnification”. She wrote the Irish chapter of a German publication called Business Law in Germany which includes a compendium on legal forms in major jurisdictions around the globe. Joy has also spoken at various seminars on areas of her expertise.

Paul Robinson, Arthur Cox. Paul is a Dublin based M&A lawyer in Arthur Cox’s Corporate Group and has extensive experience advising on a wide range of corporate and commercial transactions. He has been involved in a large number of high profile acquisitions and disposals in the Irish market and regularly advises leading Irish and international public and private companies, as well as private shareholders, on all aspects of corporate and commercial law with a particular emphasis on, mergers and acquisitions (with an emphasis on technology, fintech and food), corporate finance matters, joint ventures, shareholder agreements and high growth companies, private equity, cross border merger transactions, management buy-outs, limited partnerships, corporate reorganisations and general commercial agreements.

Brendan Keenan, Irish Independent. Brendan was born in Belfast and educated at St McNissis’s College in County Antrim and Queen’s University, Belfast.  He joined the Belfast Telegraph in 1969 as a junior reporter and throughout the period of the early years of ‘The Troubles’, he reported on the violence and trials which took place. In 1973 he was appointed Deputy Political Correspondent at the Belfast Telegraph where he covered the original inquiry into Bloody Sunday headed by the English Lord Chief Justice, Lord Widgery, the Ulster workers’ strike and the fall of the power-sharing Executive. In 1976 he became a reporter and presenter for RTE News Features where he conducted interviews on the News at One-Thirty and This Week before being appointed Economics correspondent in 1981. In 1983 he joined the Financial Times as Ireland Correspondent. As well as covering the continuing economic crisis of the period, this role also took in the turbulent politics of the time in the Republic and coverage of Northern Ireland, with various political initiatives taking place. In 1986 he became Business Editor of the Irish Independent where he was responsible for the production of the business pages of the newspaper and introduced the Thursday business supplement. He was Economics Editor from 1992-2012 and now writes a weekly economics column. 

John Elliot, Director of Regulation, Law Society of Ireland. John has been the Registrar of Solicitors and Director of Regulation of the Law Society of Ireland since 2004 and is responsible for the statutory duties of Registrar and management of the regulatory function of the Society. He is a member of the Law Society's Professional Indemnity Insurance Committee. John is a solicitor and was formerly Law Agent and Company Secretary of ACC Bank. Before that John worked in London as a Senior Legal Adviser to private equity company 3i, having started his career in private practice in Edinburgh in 1983.

Tim Scanlon, Matheson. Tim is head of Corporate and Commercial Department at Matheson and also leads the firm's Financial Institutions Group. Tim is a highly experienced lawyer who has advised on many of the largest transactions which have taken place in Ireland. In particular, he has advised on public takeovers, private acquisitions and disposals and the restructuring and reorganisation of Irish and international corporates (including leading financial institutions). Tim has advised on the redomiciliation of a number of large US corporates to Ireland and has advised leading financial institutions operating in and from Ireland on a variety of strategically significant corporate transactions undertaken by them.Tim has lectured extensively on corporate finance and securities law. Tim has been appointed to the Board of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA), which houses the national collection of modern and contemporary art.

Helen Dixon, Data Protection Officer. Helen was appointed as Data Protection Commissioner for Ireland in September 2014. She had previously held the role of Irish Registrar of Companies from November 2009. Prior to that, she held senior civil service roles in the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation in the areas of economic migration policy and, formerly, science, technology and innovation policy. She spent the first ten years of her career in the IT industry, working for two US multinationals with EMEA bases in Dublin. She holds an undergraduate degree in Applied Languages, a Masters in European Economic and Public Affairs, a Masters in Governance, a Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science, a professional Diploma in Official Statistics for Policy Evaluation and successfully passed all 8 subjects of the FE-1 Final Examination of the Law Society of Ireland in one year. She was delighted to have been awarded an honorary fellowship of the Institute of CharteredSecretaries and Administrators (ICSA) in 2014.

Philip Andrews, McCann FitzGerald. Philip is head of McCann FitzGerald’s Competition, Regulated Markets & EU Law Group.  Philip previously worked as Legal Adviser to the Competition Authority (now the CCPC), where he was involved in drafting the Competition Act, 2002, advising on the adoption of Regulation 1/2003, as well as day-to-day case work. Philip is co-author of Modern Irish Competition Law (Kluwer, 2015)

Patricia T Rickard-Clarke. Patricia is a solicitor and former Commissioner of the Law Reform Commission.  She is Chair of the Law Society’s Mental Health & Capacity Task Force and Chair of the Third AGE’s National Advisory Council of SAGE, Support and Advocacy Service for Older People.   She is a lay member of the Council of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.  Patricia was appointed the independent chair of the National Inter-Sectoral Committee for Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults in December 2015.  She is a member of the HSE Assisted Decision-Making Steering Committee.

Paul Keane, Reddy Charlton. Paul is the Managing Partner of Reddy Charlton Solicitors, Honorary Consul General of Sweden, and past chairman of the Business Law Committee of the Law Society.  Paul is a member of the Private Law Committee of CCBE. 

John O’Connor, William Fry. John is a Partner in William Fry’s Technology Group, the most experienced technology law team in the Irish market. He specialises in complex and large scale technology and outsourcing transactions including systems integration and implementation arrangements, licensing, IT and business process outsourcings and cloud services. John is also a specialist in the area of privacy, data protection and cyber security law and advises on general compliance, data transfers, hosting, issue management and best practice. He has gained particular experience of advising technology, life sciences and financial services organisations on major outsourcings and on ‘big data’ projects including the procurement and deployment of FinTech. He is a highly experienced lawyer and prior to joining William Fry led the Technology and Data Protection practices of another leading Irish law firm.

James Kinch, Chief State Solicitor’s Office. James Kinch is specialist solicitor with the Chief State Solicitor’s Office, advising the Office of Government Procurement and state departments on commercial contracts. He was previously a solicitor with Dublin City Council. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an accredited mediator. He was trained by the Legal Service of the European Commission, Brussels and holds a masters (L.L.M.) in European Business Law awarded by a consortium of seven European universities. He is a regular contributor to the Law Society Gazette and also lectures on ADR for the Law Society. He is Chair of the Law Society’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and immediate past Chair of its In-house and Public Sector Committee.

Patricia Heavey, Patrick F O’Reilly. Patricia is a partner at Patrick F O’Reilly.

Patricia has over 10 years’ experience in commercial litigation with particular emphasis on business, banking and contractual disputes, commercial recovery and employment law.

She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; Irish Society of Insolvency Practitioners; Commercial Litigation Association of Ireland and of the Law Society’s Business Law Committee.

Lorcan Tiernan, Dillon Eustace. Lorcan became a partner of Dillon Eustace in 2000 and Head of its Corporate and Commercial Department in 2004.  His main areas of practice are mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, corporate insolvency and financial services. Lorcan has been recommended by a number of leading directories including Chambers, IFLR, Legal 500 and PLC Which Lawyer? He is a member of the International Bar Association and is currently Co-Chair of the ABA’s International Financial Products and Services Committee and a member of the Irish Law Society’s Business Law Committee. He also acts as the ABA’s liaison to the Law Society of Ireland. He is a past-Chairman of the IFIA’s Alternative Investment Committee as well as a past member of FEFSI’s Hedge Funds Working Group. Lorcan established Dillon Eustace's Hedge Funds Group as the market leader and is still involved in the hedge fund sector advising funds, their managers, and directors.

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