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The west’s awake to practitioner updates

02 May 2019 / Law Society Print

The west’s awake to latest practitioner updates

The next Cluster Event takes place in Carrick-on-Shannon (pictured above) on 9-10 May and bookings are now open.

The Cluster Event is being run by Law Society Finuas Skillnet in association with Leitrim Bar Association, Roscommon Bar Association and Sligo Bar Association.


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.

On 9 May, the course will give an update on management, professional development and regulation, including the new rules on law firms and Limited Liability Partnerships and anti-money laundering legislation.

The agenda also includes how to draft a bill of costs to maximise profitability and avoid taxation and a talk on ‘Leading myself – tools for success’. The Courts Service  e-Licensing pilot will also be examined.


The 10 May agenda offers updates on conveyancing, landlord and tenant, probate, criminal law, cyber security and regulation.

Topics to be covered on the second day include probate essentials, current developments and issues including welfare claims, conveyancing essentials, termination of residential and commercial tenancies, a criminal law update including the new drink driving laws, cyber security risks for practitioners, and planning for cessation of practice.


An evening drinks reception offers practitioners the chance to meet nearby colleagues.

Attending the entire event delivers 10 CPD hours which will include three management and professional development skills, two regulatory matters (including two accounting and AML compliance) and five general CPD hours.

Chairs and speakers include:

  • Padraic Courtney, solicitor, course manager and secretary to the Law Society Probate, Administration and Trusts Committee,

  • John Elliot, Director of Regulation, Law Society, 
  • Patrick Flynn, Hughes Flynn, Legal Costs Accountants, Athlone, Co Westmeath,

  • Darach Greene, ICT manager, Courts Service, 

  • Sorcha Hayes, Head of Practice Regulation, Law Society, 

  • Tom Hennessy, MD Alive Coaching, 

  • Patrick Johnson, change programme officer, Courts Service, 

  • Fergal Mawe, solicitor, Regulation Department, Law Society, 

  • Michael Monahan, principal at Michael Monahan Solicitors, Sligo and President Sligo Bar 

  • Catherine O’Flaherty, solicitor and secretary to the Law Society Conveyancing Committee,

  • Kieran Ryan, Partner Kelly and Ryan Solicitors, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim, President 
Leitrim Bar Association,

  • David Soden, Principal, David Soden Solicitors, Dublin, 

  • David Staunton BL
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