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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.
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
- 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.
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.
This course will be examined through a 2,500-word written assignment which is worth 85% of your final mark. The assignment is to be presented in the form of a report. The report will be based on a question provided to you during the course and should relate to the course concepts in ‘Certificate in Charity Law, Trusteeship and Governance’ to their application in practice and show your understanding of the topic, concepts and related debates.
15% of your final mark will be awarded through continuous assessment via the course discussion forum. Engaging online and participation on the course forum is a central element to the course. In an effort to encourage you all to post and to share your knowledge and exchange information this will account for 15% towards your overall mark and will involve making 3 posts to the forum during the course. Ideally within one month after each lecture weekend.
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.