Limerick hosts training and networking event for over 200 solicitors

215 solicitors from across the Midwest region have gathered in Limerick for a learning and networking event designed with the needs of the local area in mind.

They took part in the Essential Solicitor Update 2016 in the Strand Hotel, hosted by Law Society Skillnet, in partnership with Limerick Bar Association and Clare Bar Association.

The seminar is part of a nationwide programme of cluster events taking place throughout the country this year.

Describing the event, Law Society of Ireland Director of Member Services Teri Kelly said, “Local solicitors have identified a range of legal issues - including employment law, the Legal Services Regulation Act, conveyancing and probate – as being of key importance for the region. Experts on these topics delivered updates and highlight recent developments in the law and provide a forum for discussion and debate.”

Local perspective

Limerick solicitor Darach McCarthy is the chair of the Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee. His firm, Darach McCarthy & Company, is based in Pery Square in Limerick city.

Mr McCarthy says that the health of the local economy can often be measured by taking a look at the business coming into solicitors’ offices.

“In the case of Limerick, solicitors are seeing an increase in conveyancing business. Increased house-buying would tend to indicate an upturn in the overall economy of the area.”

He notes that house-buying has become much more complex in recent years. “It is important that anyone buying a house is aware that there may be a number of potential issues involved in the transaction, which could lead to delays.”

“I would advise everyone to speak to their solicitor early in the buying or selling process. He or she will be able to advise if there are any concerns around a particular property - as well as the many new charges that have come into force since the recession; there may be some legacy issues that require extra attention.”

Teri Kelly says, “In designing this seminar, we have been guided strongly by what the people of the Midwest need from their solicitors.”

“It is important for the Law Society to reach out to our members around the country. These cluster events allow us to tailor our seminars around the particular needs of local solicitors and the local communities they serve.”

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