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Diploma in Finance Law

Start Date
Tuesday 15 October 2024 at 6:00 PM
Three-hour closed-book written examination (60%); written assignment (40%)
Delivery Method
Lectures Tuesday 6pm-9pm with interactive workshops. Also 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 booklet, see CPD scheme.
Course Leader
Megan Murphy Byrne, Solicitor, Course Leader: M.MurphyByrne@LawSociety.ie

Short video introduction


Application information

The closing date for applications is 24 September 2024. To apply, follow the instructions below.

Solicitors and Trainees

To pay online click on the 'Register 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.

If you are interested in applying for a future offering of the course please register for our Interested List .

Programme objectives

On completion of this training programme, participants will have: 

  • A comprehensive understanding of finance law and legal regulations/directives that relate to specific financial services sectors in Ireland, and the impact of Brexit on these;
  • A thorough understanding of the regulatory framework for the financial services industry in this jurisdiction and the ability to analyse recent developments in this area;
  • A specialised knowledge of the banking industry and a detailed knowledge of the provisions of a range of banking documentation;
  • Familiarity with a range of various industry sectors, including investment firms, investment funds, insurances/reinsurance, and undertakings and stockbroking;
  • A knowledge of the use of technology to improve activities in finance, such as FinTech and RegTech;
  • An overview of the effects of recent case law and legislative developments on financial services in Ireland. 

Programme structure and approach to learning

This diploma provides participants with a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the law in relation to the provision of financial services from a national and international perspective. This dynamic area is constantly subject to regulatory and statutory changes at both a European and national level.

The modules in this diploma will consider the current financial services market in Ireland and the regulatory framework in which it operates. Ireland is recognised as a global financial services and technology hub, and the course will examine the use of FinTech and RegTech in the industry. The course also focuses on specific technical and legal aspects, including a review of the underlying principles and characteristics of banking and financial markets, perspectives on corporate finance, and the regulatory issues that relate to domestic and international capital markets. 


The programme is based on the following module scheme and covers key themes as listed below:

Module 1: Financial services market

  • Legislative provisions,
  • The Central Bank and regulation,
  • Investment firms,
  • FinTech.

Module 2: Industry sectors

  • Investment funds,
  • Insurance,
  • Pensions.

Module 3: Banking sectors

  • Regulation of banking in Ireland,
  • Codes of practice,
  • Corporate banking,
  • Individual Accountability Framework and SEARS.

Module 4: Loan financing

  • Loan Market Association,
  • Equity financing,
  • Recovery and restructuring.

Module 5: Capital markets and corporate governance

  • Bond markets,
  • International Swaps and Derivatives Association,
  • Irish Stock Exchange.
  • Corporate governance,
  • Money laundering,
  • Insider dealing and market manipulation.


Workshops are a key feature of this course. These are designed to be interactive and involve working in groups on selected case study problems and analysis with an emphasis on the application of finance law to common scenarios encountered in practice.

1The Financial Services MarketTuesday 12 November 20246:00pm - 8:00pm
2Regulation of BankingTuesday 10 December 20246:00pm - 8:00pm
3Loan FinancingTuesday 28 January 20256:00pm - 8:00pm
4Exam Prep WorkshopTuesday 4 March 20256:00pm - 8:00pm


Three-hour closed-book written examination (60%); written assignment (40%).

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for the following:

  • Solicitors, trainee solicitors, paralegals, and other suitable professionals who wish to expand their knowledge of the financial services industry with a view to moving into the area;
  • Solicitors, those in the banking industry, and other suitable professionals seeking to gain a thorough understanding of the rules governing the regulation of banking and a detailed knowledge of banking documentation;
  • Tax consultants, accountants, bankers, fund managers and other suitable professionals who wish to familiarise themselves with the funds industry in Ireland; and
  • Directors or relevant professionals who wish to familiarise themselves with compliance issues in relation to the financial services industry. 

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 are drawn from solicitors, barristers, accountants, and others with expertise in the field of finance law. Previous lecturers have included:

  • Patrick Ambrose, DLL,
  • Nora Beausang,
  • Mark Browne, Clerkin Lynch,
  • Eimear Burbridge, Walkers,
  • Garret Byrne BL,
  • Robert Cain, Arthur Cox,
  • Niall Campbell, William Fry,
  • Liam Collins, Matheson,
  • John Darby, Flynn O’Driscoll,
  • Niall Esler, Walkers,
  • Colm Henry, Central Bank of Ireland,
  • William Johnston, ByrneWallace LLP,
  • Eimear Keane, Walkers,
  • Kevin Lynch, Arthur Cox,
  • Christopher Martin, A&L Goodbody,
  • Claire McAndrew, BNY Mellon,
  • Paul McMahon, McMahon Legal,
  • David Naughton, LK Shields,
  • Eoin O’Connor, Hogan Lovells,
  • Donal O’Donovan, Matheson,
  • Martin O’Neill, McCann FitzGerald
  • Paddy Rath, Walkers,
  • Paula Reid, A&L Goodbody,
  • Brendan Roche, Pensions Authority,
  • Lorraine Rooney, Goodbody Fund Management,
  • Claire Scannell, Matheson,
  • Jill Shaw, Walkers,
  • Bill Laffan, Hogan Lovells,
  • Chris Bergin, A&L Goodbody,
  • Eimear O’Brien, Hogan Lovells,
  • Cathy Grant, Mason Hayes & Curren,
  • Mark Kennedy, Euronext Dublin,
  • Hugh Beattie, McCann Fitzgerald.

Hear from our graduates

Mairead McGuinness

“The Diploma in Finance Law enabled me to broaden my knowledge in areas of finance law that were less familiar to me, while at the same time building on the practical experience I had gained in investment funds law. The lecturers provided practical examples of the types of matters that can arise, and the tutorials allowed for further in-depth discussions, based on practical scenarios. The course materials were comprehensive, and being able to view lectures and access notes online was a real benefit. I would recommend this course to anyone wishing to move into the area of finance law for the first time, or someone seeking to build on existing experience.”
Mairéad McGuinness (Central Bank of 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.