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Cork conference provides updates for solicitors
(L to R): Fiona Twomey (Fiona Twomey Solicitors), Catherine Kirwan (Finbarr Murphy Solicitors), Barry MacCarthy (Law Society President), John Fuller (JW O’Donovan LLP), Katherine Kane, (Law Society Head of Professional Training), Sean Nolan, (Clark Hill Solicitors LLP), Margaret Mulpeter, (Eamonn Murray & Co) Pic: Niall Barry, Resolute Photography

01 Jan 0001 / law society Print

230 solicitors attend Cork 2023 update

Almost 230 solicitors from across Cork and Munster attended the Practitioner Update Cork 2023, a major legal conference that took place at The Kingsley Hotel, Cork on Thursday 16 November.

Organised by Law Society Skillnet in association with the Southern Law Association, the update was part of a series of specialised training events designed to support local solicitors throughout Ireland to upskill on topics related to legal practice.

President of the Southern Law Association, John Fuller said: “The conference offered local solicitors a unique setting away from their busy practices to engage with colleagues and enhance their expertise in a collaborative environment.

“Together, the Law Society and the Southern Law Association are dedicated to advancing the knowledge and professional growth of our legal practitioners.”

Updates to legislation

Two of the most significant topics covered at this year’s conference were family law and assisted decision-making.

“Family law touches the lives of many individuals, shaping the dynamics of our communities. Cork and Munster solicitors are committed to staying informed and engaged as we navigate the evolving landscape of family law, understanding the latest developments – including the Family Courts Bill – to provide access to justice for all,” said Fuller.

“The conference also provided colleagues with the opportunity to hear a practical update on the new assisted decision-making legislation, which is in effect since April,” he added.

“Solicitors must stay informed to address any new challenges or implications that can occur in relation to protecting our vulnerable citizens. Our role ensures competent advice and ethical practice in a changing legal landscape,” Fuller concluded.

From law to fiction

In a captivating twist of professional pursuits and career development, Cork solicitor and speaker Catherine Kirwan featured in the line-up of speakers.

She revealed how she took a thrilling turn in her legal career and became a crime-fiction author, combining her legal acumen with storytelling to invite readers into the world where law and storytelling intersect.

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