The Diploma Centre is a registered CPD Training Provider with Engineers Ireland.
The closing date for applications for this course was Friday 27 September 2019. If you are interested in applying for the next course, please register here for our Interested List. We would be happy to contact you when applications open for the next offering of this course. We look forward to welcoming you to study with the Diploma Centre.
Solicitors and Trainees
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We welcome applications for this course from suitably qualified professionals. Your application must be approved before you can formally register on the course. To apply please email the following documents to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- A completed application form (see below)
- Your Curriculum Vitae
- A short cover letter setting out your relevant experience
Please note, for non-members this course is subject to a supplemental fee of €200 bringing the total course fee to €2,700. No fees are required prior to approval.
Further information on this course including course structure, module scheme, faculty and workshop dates are set out below. Clicking on the links will bring you directly to that section or simply scroll through to read all the content.
On completion of this training programme, participants will be able to:
- Professionally communicate to a range of diverse construction-management stakeholders, demonstrating in-depth knowledge of the principles of construction contracts and the rationale for amending standard form contracts,
- Explain and identify the impact and interaction of contract law and tort in the construction process,
- Advise on compliance with statutory obligations, including health and safety and building control legislation,
- Critically assess and report on the implications of important case law developments and legislative changes,
- Develop skills to evaluate and critically analyse how a contract is discharged and identify how a contract is performed and breached,
- Describe how alternative dispute resolution mechanisms (such as adjudication and arbitration) operate and provide advice to clients on the merits and suitability of these different mechanisms.
Programme structure and approach to learning
This advanced-level diploma course aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the specialised discipline of construction law and practice in Ireland. The increasing complexity of construction law provides for a proliferation of contracts and conflict and dispute resolution mechanisms. This complexity has led to a demand for professionals with the skills to analyse, manage, and solve intricate problems that often arise on major projects.
This diploma takes a practical approach to the complex issues that arise from the multiparty nature of the construction process. Students will be introduced to the standard forms of construction contracts, with particular focus on the public works and RIAI contracts. There will be specialised introductory streams for lawyers and non-lawyers and specific modules on the tendering process and construction dispute resolution. Other prominent areas of study include the Construction Contracts Act 2013, allocation of risk between the employer and the contractor, collateral warranties and bonds, specialists and subcontractors, and the Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014. Practical training through the use of case studies and workshops will be enhanced by consideration of the overall regulation of construction and the role of regulatory authorities, case law, and recent and future developments.
The programme is based on the following module scheme:
Module 1: An introduction to construction law
- Specialised stream for lawyers introducing the construction process,
- Specialised introductory stream for non-lawyers introducing the principles of the law of contract,
- An overview of the standard forms of contract,
- Specialists and subcontractors.
Module 2: Construction procurement – the tendering process
- An overview of the Public Procurement Directive,
- The tendering procedure,
- Remedies available to unsuccessful candidates.
Module 3: Construction contracts
- Responsibility for design in construction contracts,
- Lump sum and quantities contracts,
- Supply chain: subcontracting,
- Time and completion,
- Security and overall liability,
- Ordinary certification and payment.
Module 4: Construction dispute resolution
- Multiparty construction litigation,
- Conciliation and mediation,
- Dispute resolution through adjudication,
- Arbitration practice and procedure.
Workshops are a key feature of this course. These are designed to be interactive and involve working in groups on selected case-study problems and analysis, with an emphasis on the application of construction law to common scenarios encountered in practice.
- Workshop 1: Saturday 30 November 2019
- Workshop 2: Saturday 1 February 2020
- Workshop 3: Saturday 1 February 2020
- Workshop 4: Saturday 7 March 2020
- Workshop 5: Wednesday 11 March 2020
Continuous assessment and three-hour closed-book written examination. Final exam date: 04 April 2020.
Who should attend?
This course is suitable for:
- Solicitors currently working in the area or those who would be interested in practising in this area,
- Dispute resolution solicitors and barristers looking to broaden their understanding of an area of law that generates a large amount of claims and litigation,
- Construction professionals, including engineers, claims surveyors, and expert witnesses,
- The course is also recognised by Engineers Ireland for CPD purposes.
We welcome applications from others who are suitably qualified. Please explain your interest and set out any relevant experience in a cover letter and a brief CV. Such applications are subject to a supplemental fee of €200.
The teaching faculty for this diploma will comprise a mixture of experienced practitioners and industry experts.
- John Barry, Willis Towers Watson,
- Eamonn Conlon, A&L Goodbody,
- Martin Cooney, ByrneWallace,
- Anna - Marie Curran, A&L Goodbody,
- Fiona Forde BL,
- Bernard Gogarty, Smyth & Son,
- Jarleth Heneghan, William Fry,
- Anthony Hussey, Hussey Fraser,
- Damien Keogh, Damien Keogh & Associates, Solicitors,
- Deirdre Ní Fhloinn BL,
- Niav O’ Higgins, Arthur Cox.
We have designed our courses to enable you to satisfy as much of your CPD requirement as possible. Time spent attending lectures and workshops in person or completing these via e-learning as part of your course can be claimed towards your annual CPD requirement. The number of hours of CPD that you may claim in relation to your diploma/certificate course will depend on the way in which you access each of the individual sessions. For further information, visit the CPD scheme and download the CPD booklet. Note that this course offers registered Engineers Ireland 'CPD Training' for 2019.The Diploma Centre team will host our annual CPD conference in November 2019. This complimentary event is a dedicated management and professional development skills and regulatory matters session. We will post an invitation on your Diploma Hub page later in the year.
Liam Dunne, Solicitor, Course Leader: L.Dunne@LawSociety.ie.
*Every effort has been made to ensure the information contained in these pages is accurate and up to date. However timetables and course content are subject to change and date and time changes may occur due to factors beyond our control.
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