Connaught Solicitors Symposium 2019 Parts I and II

Event Type Law Society Finuas Skillnet
Venue Breaffy House Hotel, Breaffy House Resort, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
CPD Hours 5 General, 2 Management & Professional Development Skills, 3 Regulatory Matters (1 Accounting and AML compliance) Total 10 hours (by Group Study)
Start Date 07 November 2019 at 2:00 pm
End Date 08 November 2019 at 5:30 pm



Hosted by Mayo Solicitors’ Bar Association in partnership with Law Society Finuas Skillnet

Aim and Objectives

The aim and objectives of the day and half are to provide an opportunity for practitioners to update their knowledge in areas of law of essential relevance to most in general practice. 

In Part I on 7 November this is an afternoon of Management and Regulation. The course will include an opportunity for practitioners to update their knowledge in areas of management, professional development and regulation, including the new Limited Liability laws applicable to solicitors’ partnerships, e-marketing and cyber security. The aim is to offer practitioners a practical update in relevant areas from experienced practitioners and speakers. 

In Part II on 8 November as well as updates on relevant areas of law which include conveyancing, family law and domestic violence and developments in probate law there will also be an opportunity to network with other practitioners.

A practitioner who attends this day and half course will complete 10 CPD hours which will include 2 Management & Professional Development Skills, 3 Regulatory Matters (including 1 accounting and AML compliance) and 5 General CPD hours.

Topics to be covered include

Part I on 7 November

  • A practical guide to Limited Liability Partnerships and Law Firms – how to become an LLP and the advantages of becoming an LLP
  • New Small Practice Business Supports from the Law Society
  • Cyber security – an update for practitioners
  • Grow Your Business ,Grow Your Website, Grow Your Profit - How to get better at marketing your law firm in 2020

Part II on 8 November

  • Regulation – recent developments including the impact of LLPs and Anti-Money Laundering
  • eLicensing, Courts and Technology
  • Conveyancing – Essentials: including general pre contract searches, enquiries, planning searches, unpaid property taxes 
  • Family Law essentials – including: domestic violence and Family Court developments
  • Drafting Wills and Trusts a Practical Guide

Chairpersons and Speakers include

  • Susan Bourke, Digital Marketing Strategist, Sligo
  • Faye Docherty, Crowe Ireland
  • John Elliot, Director of Regulation, Law Society of Ireland
  • Margaret Finlay, Principal, Finlay and Company Solicitors, Dublin
  • Patrick Johnson, Courts Services
  • Teri Kelly, Director of Representation and Member Services, Law Society of Ireland 
  • Dermot Morahan, President Mayo Solicitors’ Bar Association, Partner Oliver P Morahan & Son, Westport, Co Mayo
  • Rory O’Neill, Investigating Accountant, Law Society of Ireland
  • Dr Geoffrey Shannon, Solicitor, State Special Rapporteur on Child Protection
  • Anne Stephenson, Principal Stephenson Solicitors, Dublin  
  • James Ward, Principal Patrick J Durcan & Co, Co Mayo