Annual In-House & Public Sector Conference 2019

Event Type Law Society Finuas Skillnet
Venue Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7
Discounted Fee €160*
CPD Hours 2 General, 3 Management & Professional Development Skills (by Group Study)
Date 11 October 2019 10:00 am - 4:00 pm



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Aims and Objectives

This annual conference, presented by the In-house and Public Sector Committee in collaboration with Law Society Finuas Skillnet is aimed at solicitors employed in-house in the private and public sectors. A select group of eminent speakers/panelists and industry experts will speak about the influence of technology on in-house solicitors.  

The morning session will focus on what technology is out there and how it can improve work efficiencies. Our first key note speaker, Adrian Weckler, will share his technological expertise with in-house delegates. Jonathan Mass, our second key note speaker, will make the link between the tech experts and the in-house solicitor. This presentation will be followed by an interactive panel discussion – panel members, from both the private and public sector and including large and small departments, will share their personal observations and insights based on their career experiences and provide guidance and practical tips. The afternoon will comprise four short presentations ranging from wellness around technology to managing the risks involved. 
Ken Murphy, Director General of the Law Society, will open the event. Light lunch is included. 


Mark Cockerill, ServiceNow Ireland, Chairperson of the In-house and Public Sector Committee 
Mark Cockerill, Chairman, In-house and Public Sector Committee. Mark Cockerill is Vice President, Legal (EMEA/APJ) and Head of Global Privacy for ServiceNow - one of the world's largest Enterprise SaaS providers and recently Forbes 'Most Innovative Company'. Prior to this, Mark was Director of Legal Services at eir and Senior Legal Counsel at Telefónica Ireland. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin (LLM) and Nottingham Trent University (LLB), Mark has lectured in Company and Contract Law for nearly fifteen years, lectures on the Law Society’s Diploma in In-House Practice and also represents the Law Society at the European Company Lawyers Association.


Adrian Weckler, Tech Editor, Independent Newspapers, Dublin

Jonathan Maas, Managing Director, Maas Consulting Group, UK
Jonathan Maas is a renowned paper and electronic discovery/disclosure veteran with an unparalleled 36 years experience in the field: 28 years in international law firms and eight years in international consultancies. Jonathan speaks and writes on the subject widely and has been involved in developing civil procedure in England & Wales to respond to the modern demands of litigating in the digital age. Jonathan’s métier is acting as a verbal or written bridge between technical experts and lay people, whether it’s conveying complex technology concepts to a legal audience or explaining matters of detailed legal procedure to IT specialists. He has the ability to unite diverse teams to complete discovery exercises as cost- and time-effectively as possible. In this way he has delivered numerous successful projects for national and international businesses and local and central government.  This translates into extremely experienced and empathetic support for lawyers and IT professionals. His experience of identifying, collecting, classifying and acting on data in the legal environments of investigations and disputes continues to add value in the current environment of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Information Governance and preparations for the UK to leave the European Union (BREXIT). Sound and defensible data management is more important in business than it has ever been. Jonathan has also researched and implemented computer systems in law firms for the purposes of library and know-how management, litigation support, costs budgeting, collaborative working and more

Antoinette Moriarty, Psychotherapist & Law School Psychological Services Manager, Law Society of Ireland, Dublin
Antoinette combines her understanding of optimum human performance, gained through her training as a Psychotherapist in London and Dublin with over 20 years’ experience designing and leading professional and executive development for lawyers and other executive leaders. In addition to her private Psychotherapy and Executive Coaching practice (, Antoinette manages the Law Society of Ireland’s Counselling Service and teaches a new element of professional legal education entitled ‘Shrink Me - Psychology of a Lawyer’.

John Furlong, Knowledge Management consultant, Law Society Technology Committee member
John has over 25 years of experience in Irish legal research and in the development of legal resource and knowledge solutions. He is a solicitor by profession and has worked in senior positions in two of Ireland's leading law firms. John has acted as visiting lecturer in legal research and European legal research at the Law School of the Law Society of Ireland for many years. He has written regularly on the topic of Irish legal resources and has presented on this topic at international conferences in Canada, the United States and the UK. He is a long time member and former chair of the Technology Committee of the Law Society of Ireland and has served as an Irish delegate to the CCBE on legal technology matters. John was the first Irish person to chair the British & Irish Association of Law Librarians and was active on the Association's Conference Committee for many years. Specialties are Legal Research, Irish Legal System, Knowledge Management, Legal Education.

Amanda Zahringer, Director of Learning and Development (Global), MUFG Investor Services, Dublin
Amanda is responsible for designing, leading and implementing the global learning and development strategy across the MUFG Investor Services Group. Before taking up her current role, she was a partner at a leading Irish law firm where she created and led the KnowledgeDepartment. In addition to her current role, Amanda has a wealth of legal and in-house experience having qualified as a corporate lawyer at a global law firm in their London office, with secondmentsto ActisCapital LLP and Bear Stearns, before being appointed as the first dedicated Legal Director - Counsel (and member of the senior management team) at AIB Merchant Services. Amanda combines her legal, knowledge, learning and development and leadership expertise to establish and develop bespoke new functions and programs for the benefit and growth of all -  employees, managers, departments, leadership, companies, clients and stakeholders alike.  

Jeanne Kelly, Partner, LK Shields, Dublin
Jeanne is a partner in LK Shields Intellectual Property,Technology and Privacy team. She advises public and private clients in relation to technology law, including data protection and GDPR preparedness. Jeanne and her team provide a practical, solution-driven approach to data protection issues, and she has been a thought leader on GDPR preparedness strategies for several years, including during the negotiation period of the Regulation. Jeanne is a regular speaker at conferences in Ireland and abroad on GDPR, legal issues for start-up and scaling companies and data privacy generally. Previous speaking engagements include IBA, UCD, TCD and Law Society of Ireland (including teaching on its MOOC on Data Protection Law).  She is the Chair of the British-Irish Chamber of Commerce ICT Committee and a board member of Business to Arts.

Margaret Maguire, Solicitor, FEXCO Legal Department
Margaret is a Solicitor in the Legal Department of the Fexco Group, an international group of companies providing a range of financial, fintech and other services including dynamic currency conversion, bureau de change, corporate payments, investment services, managed business solutions and outsourcing.  Margaret is based at the Group’s headquarters in Kerry where she provides ongoing legal support and advices to Fexco’s many business units; drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, giving legal, regulatory and compliance advice, supporting corporate and banking transactions and managing external counsel.  In her role as member of the Fexco Legal team, Margaret also contributesto the strategic and operational decisions being made within the Fexco Group working closely with management and individual business units. Prior to joining Fexco, Margaret worked as a Solicitor in Matheson (where she also trained). Margaret qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and is a member of the Law Society’s In House and Public Sector Committee. 

Eadaoin Rock, General Counsel, Central Bank.   
Eadaoin Rock is General Counsel for the Central Bank of Ireland. Eadaoin leads the Central Bank’s Legal Division, which is responsible for advising the Central Bank on all legal matters and also the Central Bank’s Regulatory Decisions Unit, which is responsible for supporting Administrative Sanctions Procedure Inquiries and various other decision making processes. Eadaoin is also a member of the Legal Committee of the European System of Central Banks/ECB, which advises the ECB Governing Council on legal matters. Eadaoin joined the Central Bank in 2011 and prior to becoming General Counsel in 2015, Eadaoin was Deputy Head (Financial Regulation) of the Central Bank’s Legal Division. Prior to joining the Central Bank, Eadaoin was a senior associate in Arthur Cox Solicitors in its Financial Regulation Group. Eadaoin is a solicitor and holds a LL.B from Trinity College Dublin and a LL.M (Commercial Law) from the University of Cambridge.

John O’Donovan NTMA
John O’Donovan is currently the Head of ICT Programme Management for the National Treasury Management Agency. In this role, held since May 2018, John’s primary responsibility is in relation to the programme management of procurement, implementation and transformation of ICT infrastructure and end user compute services as the NTMA moves to its new premises (a new build and fit-out) in Dublin Landings in North Wall Quay, Dublin 1. From an ICT perspective, John participates in initiatives such as flexible and smart working opportunities as a means to support business programmes such as paper-lite and the green agenda. Previous to this role John was the Head of ICT Security in the NTMA since 2007. 

Lynne Martin, Solicitor, AIB
Lynne is a Senior Solicitor in the Legal Department of Allied Irish Banks, p.l.c.  Lynne advises on all aspects of employment law and litigation and has recently taken on a project lead role in the area of cybersecurity.  Prior to joining AIB, Lynne was Senior Legal Counsel at eir.  A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Lynne qualified as a Solicitor in 2008.


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