Certificate - Charity Law Trusteeship & Governance

Start Date 02 March 2018 at 10:00 am
Exam Date 3,500-word written assignment (85%) and continuous assessment (15%)
Delivery Method Onsite Fridays and Saturdays and webcast online
CPD Hours

The number of hours of CPD that you may claim in relation to this course will depend on the way in which you access each of the individual sessions.  For further information and the booklet, see CPD scheme.

Course Leader Freda Grealy, Head of Diploma Centre: F.Grealy@lawsociety.ie



The closing date for applications is Friday 23 February 2018. To pay online click on the 'Book Now' button. For all other methods of payment including, draft, cheque and EFT please see our methods of payment.

We welcome applications for this course from suitably qualified non-members. Please explain your interest and set out any relevant experience in a cover letter and a brief CV. Such applications are subject to a supplemental fee.

  • Member fee: €1550
  • Non-member fee: €1650 (this is inclusive of a supplemental fee).


This course represents a collaboration between the Law Society of Ireland and The Wheel, a national organisation that represents and supports community, voluntary and charitable organisations in Ireland. The course provides practitioners and those working in the charity, community, and voluntary sectors with an overview of the law and best practice in the relevant areas. The sector has faced many challenges in recent times, and public trust needs to be restored. The establishment of the Charities Regulator, increasing regulatory & funding requirements and developments on the horizon in terms of funding and competitive tendering herald changes that need to be taken on board to shape the future of this sector in Ireland. The course has a very practical emphasis and will equip participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to maintain integrity and uphold standards.

Who should attend?

The course will appeal to those in practice who advise charitable organisations. It will also appeal to those working in the sector or those who hold positions on boards of organisations or in a management capacity. We invite lawyers and individuals involved with the sector to apply. If you are not a qualified solicitor, trainee, or barrister, please apply with a cover letter and CV for approval to attend the course.

Programme structure and approach to learning

The Certificate in Charity Law, Trusteeship and Governance programme is based on the following module scheme and covers key themes as listed below:

Module 1: Introduction

  • Recent trends in Charity Sector in Ireland
  • Regulation of charities and the Charities Act 2009
  • The legal framework & legal structures for charities

Module 2: Governance

  • Governance framework and related issues
  • Implementation
  • Risk assessments and managing risk

Module 3: Finance & Fundraising

  • Legislative framework for fundraising
  • Regulation of & best practice for fundraising
  • Financial reporting: Statutory requirements
  • Statement of Recommended Practice SORP

Module 4: Strategy and management

  • Management, Human resource and volunteer policies
  • Charities & corporate governance
  • Data protection issues
  • Employment law
  • Outcomes approach
  • Procurement and tendering

Our blended-learning approach and the use of an online forum ensures that attendees can learn both from lecturers and from the knowledge sharing and peer-to-peer aspect that is encouraged in interactive sessions.

Members of the Wheel are eligible for a 10% discount off their fee (i.e. €1,395 for solicitors, €1,485 for non-solicitors).

Lecturers and tutors will be drawn from solicitors, barristers, accountants, and others with expertise in the field of charity law, trusteeship and governance. Previous lecturers and current faculty include:

  • Marguerite Bolger BL
  • Katie Cadden, Solicitor, Board Member of Charities Regulatory Authority
  • Colin Skehan, Merchant’s Quay
  • Tony Ward, The Wheel
  • Maria Hill, Your Work Ireland
  • Stuart Garland, Volunteer Ireland
  • Daragh O’Brien, Castlebridge
  • Michelle O’Keefe, Goodbody Stockbrokers
  • Ruth Lambkin, Goodbody Stockbrokers
  • Gillian Lynch, Bank of Ireland
  • Ivan Cooper, The Wheel
  • Cormac Ó Ceallaigh, Cormac Ó Ceallaigh Solicitors
  • Elizabeth Bolger, The Wheel
  • Mary O’Kennedy, O’Kennedy Consulting
  • Abby Semple, Associate Consultant on behalf of Achilles Ireland
  • Roseanna O'Hanlon, Crowe Horwath

*Every effort has been made to ensure the information contained in these pages is accurate and up to date. However timetables and course content are subject to change and date and time changes may occur due to factors beyond our control.