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Kilkenny solicitors gather for cluster updates
Back: Anne Tuite, Katherine Kane, Laurie Grace, Brian Reidy, Attracta O’Regan, John Harte, Colette Reid, Olivia McCann and Tracey Donnery. Front: Emma Snedker, Martin Crotty, Sonya Lanigan, Bernadette Cahill and John Elliot Pic: Vicky Comerford Photography

11 Nov 2022 / law society Print

Kilkenny solicitors gather for cluster updates

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the very first Law Society Skillnet cluster conference in Kilkenny. 

Over the past decade, 9,691 solicitors have attended 100 CPD cluster events organised by the Law Society Skillnet team.

The cluster events have been made possible due to the hard work and dedication of bar associations throughout Ireland.


This week’s Kilkenny cluster was addressed by speakers Anne Stephenson, John Elliot, Tony Watson, TJ Reid, Betty Nerney, Aine Hynes and Colette Reid.

Anne Stephenson also spoke at the inaugural cluster in Kilkenny ten years ago. The Law Society’s Katherine Kane has designed and delivered every cluster for the last ten years.

Almost 100 solicitors from across south-east attended the 10th annual General Practice Update Kilkenny 2022, at Hotel Kilkenny, Kilkenny on 9 November, which was organised by Law Society Skillnet in association with Kilkenny, Carlow and Wexford Bar Associations and Waterford Law Society.

A decade upskilling

Solicitor Sonya Lanigan of John Lanigan & Nolan Solicitors is President of the Kilkenny Bar Association and said she was delighted to attend the annual event.

“This conference, and what it represents, has been a staple in local solicitors’ calendars each year for the last decade.

"During this time, it has strengthened the sense of community we have among the legal community here in the south east. It has encouraged collegiality and offered a network of support for local solicitors across Kilkenny, Carlow, Wexford and Waterford.

“As we celebrate the 10th year we should also acknowledge the commitment local solicitors have to their clients. We are continuously striving to provide the best possible legal services for our clients and communities. We are grateful to our local Bar Associations and Law Society Skillnet to help facilitate this.

“This year, expert speakers in litigation and regulation addressed the conference highlighting key issues for local solicitors and their clients.”

Making a will

The General Practice Update Kilkenny 2022 also discussed important updates relating to making a will.

“Solicitors are at the heart of local communities and deal with clients of varying needs of life and business every day,” explained Lanigan.

“We understand the importance of making a will and ensuring it is kept up-to-date, and we encourage every adult to have their will made.

“Ensuring your will is up-to-date can give you and your loved ones peace of mind and can help avoid heartbreak down the line.”

Talk to your local solicitor

“Thanks to the General Practice Update Kilkenny 2022 solicitors from across the south east are up-to-date on essential areas of law and ready to meet the evolving needs of their clients. Remember, a solicitor’s main priority is their client; we are here to support you at all stages of life.

“If you need legal advice, whether on making a will, buying a home, employment or family matters, talk to your local solicitor,” said Sonya Lanigan. 

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