Diploma in In-House Practice

Start Date 21 February 2018 at 6:00 pm
Exam Date Three-hour closed book written exam, Saturday 7 July 2018
Delivery Method Blended learning: Lectures onsite and online Wednesdays 6pm – 8.30pm and four interactive workshops onsite.
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 Cian Monahan, Solicitor, Course Leader: c.monahan@LawSociety.ie



The closing date for applications is Wednesday 14 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 .


Programme objectives
On completion of this training programme, participants will have:

  • An understanding of the mixed role of the in-house practitioner;
  • Up-to-date knowledge of commercial contracts and how to successfully negotiate and draft;
  • An insight into the importance of the area compliance in an organisation;
  • An ability to recognise when data protection issues arise in an in-house context;
  • A greater understanding of employment and human resource management and the issues and difficulties faced by the in-house practitioner; and
  • Developed their capacity for independent learning.

Programme structure and approach to learning
This course is designed to provide in-house lawyers or aspiring in-house lawyers with a comprehensive understanding of the varied, challenging, and stimulating work that confronts those working in business and in the public sector. The in-house role has evolved from a traditional role of ‘head of legal’ to a more dynamic, high-level and business-oriented position. Feedback confirms that the in-house lawyer is obliged to ‘wear many hats’ and negotiate with a variety of stakeholders. Participants will recognise the varied role of the in-house lawyer and the many business and interpersonal skills that the position requires, and they will assess how to best manage business expectations while juggling the competing interests of various stakeholders. The course examines a number of substantive legal topics that confront in-house counsel, such as setting up and managing an in-house function, ethics, privilege, commercial contracts, employment, compliance, governance, procurement, and data protection.

The Diploma in In-House Practice programme is based on the following module scheme and covers key themes as listed below:

Module 1:

  • Introduction to the role of in-house lawyer
  • Setting up an in-house function
  • Mixed role of in-house lawyer
  • Ethics
  • Legal risk
  • Privilege in an in-house context
  • Use of external counsel

Module 2:

  • Commercial contracts
  • Do’s and don’ts of commercial agreements
  • Fundamental legal contract provisions
  • Drafting and negotiating contracts
  • Outsource and supply agreements
  • Social media and the workplace
  • Dispute resolution

Module 3:

  • In-house data protection issues
  • How to deal with data breaches
  • Putting a data protection policy in place
  • The role of the Data Protection Commissioner

Module 4:

  • Compliance
  • Directors’ duties
  • Role of compliance officer
  • Companies Act 2014
  • Competition law and dawn raids
  • Anti-bribery and corruption
  • Freedom of Information Act 2014
  • Procurement Law and Practice

Module 5:

  • Employment law and litigation
  • Human resource management
  • Commercial Court
  • Discovery

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for the following:

  • Solicitors, barristers, and trainees with an interest in the area of in-house practice
  • Those employed in an in-house position in the public or private sector who wish to develop their skills and further their legal knowledge of the area
  • Solicitors and other professionals who deal with commercial contracts on a daily basis and are seeking to broaden their understanding of the area
  • Solicitors and other professionals who wish to gain an insight into the topical areas of data protection and regulation with respect to in-house practice

Workshops are interactive sessions that focus on group problem-solving and are designed to revise all modules covered to date and to consolidate the participant’s knowledge.

  • Workshop 1: Saturday 10 March 2018
  • Workshop 2: Saturday 21 April 2018
  • Workshop 3: Saturday 19 May 2018
  • Workshop 4: Wednesday 06 June 2018

The teaching faculty for this diploma comprises a fantastic array of In-House experts. Previous lecturers have included:

  • Patrick Ambrose, Solicitor
  • Peter Bolger, Mason Hayes & Curran
  • Brian Connolly, Accenture
  • Daragh Daly, ESB Energy International
  • Eleanor Daly, FEXCO
  • Garret Flynn BL
  • Karen Holmes, Websense
  • Edward Hughes, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council
  • Eamonn Kennedy, Director of Legal Affairs, RTE Solicitors' Office
  • James Kinch, Dublin City Council
  • Shane King, CIE Group
  • Claire Lord, Mason Hayes & Curran
  • Paul Anthony McDermott BL
  • Marie Therese McKenna, S3 Group
  • Siun McMahon, Kellogg Europe
  • Grainne Mannion, AIB
  • Aoiffe Moran, Matheson
  • Anna Morgan, Arthur Cox
  • Claire Morrissey, A&L Goodbody
  • Ruairi Mulrean, LK Shields
  • Gemma Neylon, OpenJaw Technologies
  • Michelle Ni Longain, ByrneWallace
  • Peter O’Neill, Facebook
  • James O’Rourke, Amdipharm Mercury
  • Audrey O’Sullivan, SIRO
  • Richard O’Sullivan, Health Information and Quality Authority
  • Emma Redmond, LinkedIn
  • Paula Reid, A&L Goodbody
  • Eileen Roberts, A&L Goodbody
  • Bob Semple, Company Director
  • Michael Walsh, ByrneWallace
  • Patrick Walshe, Philip Lee
  • John Whelan, A&L Goodbody
  • Trish Whelan, RTÉ
  • Aoife Young, Facebook

*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.