In-House Update - May 2019

22/05/2019

Access news, resources and training for in-house solicitors in the private and public sectors.

News

A number of recent news items relevant for in-house solicitors are listed below.

  • The Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) has set out its concerns about a conflict between the US CLOUD Act and European law. The organisations warns that disclosure of personal data stored within the EU to a US governmental agency, based on a CLOUD Act warrant, violates the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). See a news report on the issues raised by the CCBE
  • The Workplace Relations Commission has launched a new website. Shaped with stakeholder input, the site includes an improved Decisions & Determinations search database, with advanced search filters ordered by user popularity and tooltips to help users. See information on the new WRC website
  • The In-House and Public Sector Panel Discussion took place at Blackhall Place on 16 May. Organised by the In-house and Public Sector Committee and Law Society Finuas Skillnet, this event focused on enhancing and demonstrating value when sourcing legal services. See pictures from the event on Gazette.ie

Resources

Find a selection of useful resources for in-house solicitors here.

  • Useful guides for in-house solicitors have been published by both the In-House and Public Sector Committee, and the Regulation Department. These address common questions asked by in-house solicitors, including the corporate governance and the appropriateness of board membership, and when a Practising Certificate (PC) is required. Download the guides from the In-House and Public Sector Committee page
  • All members of the Law Society can avail of B&B facilities at Blackhall Place for a special rate of €45 for a single room and €65 for a double / twin room. Availability is limited so early booking is recommended if you are travelling to Dublin. See B&B facility details
  • Solicitors working in-house may be faced with potential conflicts of interest or other ethics issues. The Guidance and Ethics Committee operates a helpline, and also responds to written queries, for solicitors seeking assistance. See details on the Guidance and Ethics Committee page

For a comprehensive list of all the services we offer members, please see the 2019 Member Services Directory.

Training

The Diploma Centre and Law Society Professional Training provide training for in-house solicitors in the private and public sectors.

  • The 2019 Law Society Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) focuses on arts, entertainment and media law. This complimentary course discusses the law in the creative industries, covering topics including online publication of content, contractual challenges, technology, and future developments. Register to join the 2019 MOOC
  • A new selection of courses offered this year by Law Society Professional Training focus on negotiation and time management for lawyers. See details of upcoming CPD courses

Social Media

In-house solicitors can connect and network with colleagues across organisations using a private LinkedIn group.

The In-House and Public Sector Committee

The In-House and Public Sector Committee aims to represent the views and promote the interests of this segment of the profession, while supporting the Law Society in the exercise of its representative, educational and regulatory roles as they relate to the in-house sector. Log in for information about the In-House and Public Sector Committee.