Legal experts address Laois solicitors at major legal conference

Solicitors from across Laois, Kildare and Carlow attended the Midlands General Practice Update 2022, a major legal conference, which took place in the Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise on Thursday 19 May 2022.

Organised by Law Society Skillnet in association with Laois, Kildare, Midland and Carlow Bar Associations, the conference is the second in an annual series of specialised training events designed to support local solicitors in communities throughout Ireland to upskill on topics related to practice.

Solicitor James McElwee, Rolleston McElwee Solicitors, is President of Laois Bar Association and chaired the event. He said, “As we emerge from the pandemic, the Midlands General Practice Update has provided solicitors with an opportunity to come together to collaborate, refocus and upskill on essential areas of practice.

“Legal experts in employment law, probate and regulation addressed the conference to ensure that local solicitors are up-to-date on important issues to meet the evolving needs of their clients.”

Employment law

“In light of the Government’s ‘Making Remote Work’ Plan which was published in June, the conference discussed the biggest opportunities and challenges surrounding remote and working as well examining the key issues surrounding redundancies at work, and processes which must be followed,” explained Mr McElwee.

“Thanks to this Law Society conference, Laois solicitors are equipped with the knowledge and expertise to advise local businesses on these and other emerging employment law matters. If you need trusted advice on your employment rights, as an employer or employee, talk to your local solicitor.”

Wellbeing at work

“In addition to upskilling for our clients’ needs, the Midlands General Practice Update provided a chance for solicitors to recognise the importance of minding their wellbeing at work.

“Due to the nature of our work, solicitors can at times be faced with challenging and often sensitive subject matter. Those in attendance at the conference welcomed the focus on practical skills to ensure dignity and respect at work as employers, for our employees and for our clients.

Emphasising the importance of wellbeing at work, Mr McElwee said, “We must ensure that we look after our own personal wellbeing and that of our employees, so that together we can better serve our clients and local communities.”

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