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Mayo event helps solicitors improve their skills
Back L-R: Shane Dwyer, Susan Bourke, James Cahill, Attracta O'Regan, Eamonn Maguire, Katherine Kane. Front L-R: Mark Garrett (Director General of the Law Society), Maura Derivan (President of the Law Society), Mark Loftus (President of Mayo Solicitors’ Bar Association). Pic: Michael Donnelly

07 Dec 2022 / law society Print

Mayo event helps solicitors to improve skills

Almost 100 solicitors from across Mayo and the West of Ireland attended the Connaught Solicitors' Symposium 2022, a major legal conference that took place at Breaffy House Hotel in Castlebar on 17 November.

The event was organised by Law Society Skillnet, in association with Mayo Solicitors' Bar Association.

It was the eighth in this year’s series of specialised training events designed to support local solicitors in communities throughout Ireland to upskill on topics related to legal practice.

Solicitor Marc Loftus (President of the Mayo Solicitors’ Bar Association) of Bourke Carrigg & Loftus said that he was encouraged to see such a positive response to this year’s in-person event.

“Solicitors are continuously striving to provide the best possible legal services for our clients and communities in all areas of life and business. We are grateful to the Mayo Solicitors’ Bar Association and Law Society Skillnet for their help to facilitate this,” he added.

Buying or selling property

The symposium discussed conveyancing and registration tips, to ensure that local solicitors were providing their clients with the best advice when it comes to their next property transaction.

“Buying or selling a home is one of the biggest financial decisions a person can make in their life,” explained Loftus. “Mistakes made in the buying or selling process can cause significant delays, and have long-lasting financial consequences,” he added.

“Local clients can be assured that Mayo solicitors are experts in conveyancing matters, and can guide you each step of the way to make the process as stress-free as possible.”


In addition to improving their skills, the event gave Mayo solicitors an opportunity to check in on their personal wellbeing.

“Like many working professionals across the country, solicitors can find themselves in challenging work situations – including dealing with often sensitive matters,” said Loftus.

“Emphasising the importance of wellbeing and dignity at work, the Connaught Solicitors' Symposium 2022 focused on developing practical skills, so we are better equipped to look after our personal wellbeing.

“In turn, this will help solicitors to better meet the needs of our clients and local communities,” he stated.

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