Kilkenny hosts 180 solicitors for training event

180 solicitors from across Kilkenny and the South East gathered at the Hotel Kilkenny last Friday (25 November) for a networking and training event.

The General Practice Update 2016, organised by Law Society Skillnet in association with Carlow Bar Association, Kilkenny Bar Association, Wexford Bar Association and Waterford Law Society, focussed on the specific needs of the region’s solicitors and the communities they serve. Topics including company law, the Assisted Decision-making (Capacity) Act 2015, the new Legal Services Regulation Act and landlord and tenant law were discussed.

President of the Kilkenny Bar Association, Yvonne Blanchfield, whose firm Owen O’Mahony & Company Solicitors is located at 5 John’s Bridge, Kilkenny, says that a solicitor’s advice can be vital in many different situations in life. “There are many different instances in family and business life where your solicitor can provide invaluable advice and assistance - from making a will or buying a new home, or more difficult matters such as marriage breakdown and employment issues.”

“For example, if you’re thinking of buying or selling a home, it is very important to be aware that the process has become much more complex in recent years. While Kilkenny solicitors are seeing an increase in conveyancing, a good indicator for the local economy, the recession has left a lasting impact in the form of new charges and legacy issues. Your solicitor will be invaluable in helping to navigate these issues to a successful house purchase or sale.”

Law Society Director of Representation and Member Services Teri Kelly explains that the seminar is one of a series of regional cluster events taking place throughout the country this year. “The Law Society Skillnet team has worked with local solicitors to ensure that the seminar delivers the professional updates that are most relevant to their clients in Kilkenny.” 

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