To protect your colleagues and clients, you may need to change the way you work.
Access resources to help you respond and manage your firm below. If you believe that other resources should be listed here, please contact us.
Law Society services
The Law Society remains open and our business continuity team has taken measures to ensure there will be minimal disruption to Law Society operations and services during this time. Where appropriate, some Law Society staff have been facilitated to continue their work from home.
Events at Blackhall Place have been cancelled until further notice. Diplomas and CPD events will be provided online. The first month of the scheduled PPC II will take place in an online format.
As of Monday 23 March, the Law Society Library is closed. Online services including legal research and document delivery are fully operational.
Visiting Blackhall Place
The Law Society has introduced a number of measures to protect against the spread of COVID-19. This includes a visitor sign-in process at all building receptions to facilitate the tracking of visitors. If you are scheduled to visit Blackhall Place, and have been to affected countries in the previous 21 days, contact us prior to arrival as your engagement with the Society will be facilitated by conference call.
The Gov.ie website has key information on the Government response from across Departments.
On 24 March, the President of the Law Society sent a letter to the Department of Finance and Revenue Commissioners seeking urgent measures to enable business continuity for solicitors. Details were sent to practitionrs in a Bulletin on the same date.
Data Protection and remote working
The Data Protection Commission has published guidelines on protecting personal data when working remotely. Practitioners may find it helpful to refer to if they or their staff are working from home.
Legal Workplace Guides to Covid-19
The Law Society's Support Services team has produced two guides addressing workplace issues, business continuity planning, and supports that may be available to firms.
Reporting Accountant's Reports
The Law Society is requesting that solicitors facing difficulty in filing their annual reports contact the Regulation Department.
Update to 2020 CPD Scheme
In light of current circumstances with regard to Covid-19 and the risk posed by attendance at in-person group events over the next number of weeks and months, the Education Committee has decided that for the 2020 CPD cycle, the eLearning limit of 50% (modified or otherwise) will be removed.
Accordingly, solicitors may now complete the entire 2020 CPD requirement of 20 hours (including minimum requirements in the categories of ‘Management and Professional Development Skills’ and ‘Regulatory Matters’) online.
If clarification on this or any other aspect of the current CPD Scheme is required, please contact the CPD Scheme Unit for assistance.