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Diploma in Insolvency Law & Corporate Restructuring

Start Date
Wednesday 2 October 2024 at 10:00 AM
Three-hour closed book exam (60%) and written assignment (40%).
Delivery Method
Online lectures Wednesdays 6pm to 8pm with occasional online lecture releases. Interactive workshops Wednesdays 6pm to 8pm. Lectures available to view on demand.
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 CPD booklet, see CPD scheme.
Course Leader
Megan Murphy Byrne, Course Leader: m.murphybyrne@lawsociety.ie

Application information

The closing date for applications for this course is 18 September 2024. To apply please follow the instructions below.

Solicitors and Trainees

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 .

Other Professionals

We welcome applications for this course from suitably qualified professionals. Your application must be approved before you can formally register on the course. To apply please email the following documents to diplomateam@lawsociety.ie :

  1. A completed application form (see below)
  2. Your Curriculum Vitae
  3. A short cover letter setting out your relevant experience

Please note, for non-members this course is subject to a supplemental fee of €335 bringing the total course fee to €2,995. No fees are required prior to approval.


Further information on this course including course structure, module scheme, faculty and workshop dates are set out below. Clicking on the links will bring you directly to that section or simply scroll through to read all the content. 

Programme objectives

On completion of this training programme, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of insolvency and corporate restructuring;
  • Describe specific insolvency procedures such as liquidation, examinership and receivership;
  • Explain particular corporate restructuring methods such as security assessment, debt restructuring and equity capital raising;
  • Advise directors and shareholders in relation to distressed companies;
  • Illustrate the legislative framework for bankruptcy and personal insolvency in Ireland;

Programme structure and approach to learning

This diploma course aims to provide a comprehensive practical overview of the current legislative framework in Ireland with respect to insolvency and corporate restructuring from an analysis of basic concepts of debt restructuring, to a consideration of more complex issues, such as financing considerations that may arise during the corporate restructuring process. The course will also delve into the effects of insolvency on companies in Ireland. It will examine in detail the obligations on the directors and the options for the company from initiating the corporate restructuring, to court procedures, to the enforcement of judgments.

The final module of the course will provide a practical knowledge of the practice and procedure of personal insolvency in Ireland including bankruptcy. 


The programme is based on the following module scheme:

Module 1: Introduction to insolvency and corporate restructuring

  • Insolvency Law in Ireland,
  • Current trends in corporate restructuring,
  • Lifecycle of a distressed company,
  • Restructuring professionals.

Module 2: Liquidation, examinership and receivership

  • Voluntary and compulsory liquidation,
  • Powers of the liquidator,
  • Receivership,
  • Insolvency litigation,
  • Examinership,
  • Schemes of Arrangement.

Module 3: Restructuring, debt recovery, enforcement & mediation 

  • Debt restructuring and rescheduling,
  • Financing a restructuring process,
  • Equity capital raising,
  • Debt recovery in court,
  • Enforcement of judgments,
  • Mediation.

Module 4: Bankruptcy and personal insolvency

  • Personal Insolvency Act 2012,
  • Debt resolution mechanisms,
  • Insolvency Service of Ireland,
  • Bankruptcy law practice and procedure.


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.

1Liquidation Wednesday 23 October 20246:00pm to 8:00pm
2ReceivershipWednesday 8 January 20256:00pm to 8:00pm
3Restructuring and debt recoveryWednesday 29 January 20256:00pm to 8:00pm
4Examination preparationWednesday 5 February 20256:00pm to 8:00pm


Three-hour closed book exam (60%) and written assignment (40%).

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for the following:

  • Solicitors and trainee solicitors who are seeking to expand their knowledge in the area, 
  • Barristers who practice in the area of insolvency and debt recovery,
  • Other suitably qualified professionals working in the area, who wish to expand their knowledge and practical application of corporate recovery. 

We welcome applications from others who are suitably qualified. Please explain your interest and set out any relevant experience in a cover letter and a brief CV. Such applications are subject to a supplemental fee of €335. 


Lecturers and tutors will be drawn from solicitors, barristers and other professionals with expertise in insolvency and corporate restructuring. 

Previous lecturers have included the following:
  • Aidan Byrne, RSM,
  • Joanne Cooney, Byrne Wallace,
  • John Darby, Flynn O’ Driscoll,
  • Fergus Doorly, William Fry,
  • Bill Holohan SC, Holohan Lane Solicitors,
  • Clodagh MacNamara, Clarke Hill Law,
  • Una Nesdale BL,
  • John O’ Keeffe, John O’ Keeffe & Co.,
  • Gerard Ryan, Eversheds Sutherland,
  • Ruairi Rynn, William Fry,
  • Paddy Smyth, Fieldfisher,
  • Cliodhna Walsh, Beauchamps,
  • Jamie Woodcock, Fieldfisher Ireland,
  • Mark Woodcock, Fieldfisher Ireland.

We have designed our courses to enable you to satisfy as much of your CPD requirement as possible. Time spent attending lectures and workshops in person or completing these via e-learning as part of your course can be claimed towards your annual CPD requirement. The number of hours of CPD that you may claim in relation to your diploma/certificate course will depend on the way in which you access each of the individual sessions. For further information, visit the CPD scheme and download the CPD booklet.

The Diploma Centre team will host our annual CPD conference in November 2024. This complimentary event is a dedicated professional development and solicitor wellbeing and client care and professional standards session. We will post an invitation on your Diploma Hub page later in the year. 


Megan Murphy Byrne, Solicitor, Course Leader: m.murphybyrne@lawsociety.ie

*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.

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