Work/Life Balance – Managing Clients, Mastering Time and Dealing with Stress

Event Type Law Society Professional Training
CPD Hours 3 Management and Professional Development Skills (by Group Study)
Date 12 October 2016 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm




Work/Life Balance – Managing Clients, Mastering Time and Dealing With Stress

This CPD event is brought to you by the Younger Members Committee in partnership with Law Society Professional Training

Aim and Objectives

The Younger Members Committee of the Law Society promotes the interests of members of the Law Society between 1-15 years qualified. The Younger Members Committee, in partnership with Law Society Professional Training, is pleased to host a seminar dealing with issues of concern to Younger Members. The event topics are based on feedback from a recent survey of young solicitors. The event will be followed by a reception, providing an ideal opportunity to network with colleagues.

Topics and Issues Covered

  • Mastering Time - Walt Hampton
  • Managing and lowering stress levels - Walt Hampton
  • Importance of exercise in relieving stress - Caroline Crowley
  • Striking a balance between the competing demands of work and home life - Eileen Roberts
  • Managing clients’ expectations and needs - Kevin Hannigan
  • Spotlight on Law Society support services including website resources - Sinéad Travers


Carol Eager, Chairperson Law Society Younger Members Committee.

Carol Eager is an Associate in William Fry’s Corporate Department. She is a graduate of the University of Limerick (LLB in Law and European Studies) and also holds a Diploma in Commercial Litigation and a Diploma in Finance Law from the Law Society of Ireland. Carol is also admitted to practice in England.

Speakers in order of appearance

Kevin Hannigan, HPC. Kevin Hannigan is Head of Talent Consulting at hpc.  Before joining hpc in 2013, Kevin was head of learning and development for Matheson and for C&C Ireland. During his time with Matheson, they became the first Irish Law Firm to be recognised by the Great Places to Work Institute and the first to win a National Training Award.  In 2011, the firm won the Best Graduate Recruitment Programme award, the Best Professional Services Firm award and the Overall Award at the National Training Awards. Kevin started his career as a graduate trainee and manufacturing manager with the Smurfit Group before moving into learning and development more than 15 years ago. A former double world champion in Taekwon-Do, Kevin brings this passion for excellence and enjoyment to his work with clients.

Kevin holds a Bachelors degree in civil law and first-class Masters degree in business studies, both from University College Dublin.  He is a council member of the Irish Institute of Training and Development (IITD) and accredited with the British Psychological Society.

Caroline Crowley, Beauchamps. Caroline has been working as a solicitor in the Commercial Property Department of Beauchamps since June 2015. Caroline has gained extensive experience in all aspects of commercial property to include the acquisition, structuring, leasing, financing and disposal of various types of property such as shopping centres, mixed commercial and residential developments, retail parks and office developments. She also has significant experience dealing with related property matters to include banking, property due diligence and Landlord & Tenant disputes. Caroline took up running in 2012 and joined an athletics club, Crusaders A.C., on the same date she commenced her traineeship. She has since managed to balance an intense training schedule with her current role in Beauchamps and in December 2015 she was selected to compete for Ireland at the Euro Cross Country Championships in Hyeres, France. She hopes to continue to compete at an international level while maintaining her full time position at Beauchamps.  

Sinéad Travers, Law Society of Ireland. Sinéad Travers is a solicitor and Member Services Executive with Law Society of Ireland. She manages the Society’s member benefits and their communication to the profession. She is secretary to the Younger Members Committee. Prior to joining the Law Society, she was employed as a solicitor in the fields of medical negligence and personal injuries.

Eileen Roberts, A & L Goodbody. Eileen Roberts has been a Partner in A&L Goodbody's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department for over 16 years and was head of that department for a number of years. Eileen is a very experienced commercial litigator specialising in large scale commercial disputes in particular in the areas of property, corporate disputes, financial services, pensions, transport (maritime and aviation) and insurance disputes. She represents clients not only in Court work but also has extensive experience of arbitration, mediation and tribunals/inquiries.  Her clients include blue chip corporates and financial institutions.  She recently chaired the Sub-Committee of the Commercial Litigation Association of Ireland which produced The Good Practice Discovery Guide for Commercial Litigation in Ireland. She is a former director of the charity Junior Achievement – Young Enterprise Ireland. 

Walt Hampton, Summit Success. Walt Hampton, is Executive Director of Summit Success, LLC, a global personal and professional development firm. He is a business coach, law firm management consultant, leadership trainer and motivational speaker. Founder of the Positive Leadership academy, he is a leading authority on the application of Positive Psychology in the workplace. He is also the best-selling author of Journeys on the Edge: Living a Life That Matters, named Top 10 Non-Fiction Book in 2013 and a 2014 winner of the North American Book Awards. A 1984 graduate of The Cornell Law School, Walt practiced law in the areas or corporate and commercial litigation and criminal defence. He was managing partner of a law firm for more than 25 years. Connect on LinkedIn


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