The Business of Wellbeing Summit 2020

Event Type Law Society Finuas Skillnet
Venue Presidents' Hall
CPD Hours 6 Management & Professional Development Skills (by Group Study)
Date 30 September 2020 9:30 AM - 4:15 PM



Due to Covid-19, this event has been rescheduled from 22 April 2020 to the new date of 30 September 2020.

Complimentary Event

Aim and Objectives 

While the benefits of implementing a wellbeing programme for employees may appear self-evident, organisations do not necessarily consider the benefits that wellbeing programmes can have on their business; employee retention, reduced absenteeism, increased productivity rates, and financial benefits. 

This Summit is aimed at mid to large sized firms who take professional wellbeing seriously. They may have developed, are currently developing or are considering developing a wellbeing programme themselves.  The morning session will open with a brief outline of the Law Society of Ireland Professional Wellbeing Programme and a presentation on the rights, risks and obligations of wellbeing and mental health in the workplace. This will be followed by an interactive panel discussion on the business case for wellbeing including industry experts and the perspectives and experiences of other jurisdictions. Guidance for best practice in supporting wellbeing in the workplace will also be discussed. 

The afternoon will involve a presentation on developing a wellbeing business charter – its adoption, implementation and challenges arising for firms and practice. The Summit will conclude with an interactive reflective wellbeing session focused on personal support tools. 

Light lunch is included.      


  • Law Society of Ireland Professional Wellbeing Programme
  • Wellbeing and Mental Health in the Workplace – rights, risks and obligations
  • The Business Case for Wellbeing – a luxury or necessity
  • Developing a Professional Wellbeing Business Charter -adoption and implementation for firms and practice
  • Wellbeing for You

Michele O’Boyle, President, Law Society of Ireland 


Antoinette Moriarty, Psychotherapist & Law School Psychological Services Manager,Law Society of Ireland, Dublin 
(Panel Chair)
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’.

Guy Setford, CEO, Setfords Solicitors, England
Guy is co-CEO of Setfords Solicitors, an innovative, multi-award winning, consultant-model law firm. He founded the firm in 2006 and set out to deliver a new way of working for lawyers that combines flexibility and freedom. Coupled with an industry-leading support team, this model allows lawyers to manage their own time and deliver a superior service to their clients. Setfords is now a market-leading platform law firm with lawyers working remotely in almost every county in the UK.


Michelle Ní Longáin, Partner, ByrneWallace Solicitors, Dublin
Michelle is a partner in the Employment Department at ByrneWallace and has extensive experience in employment, equality and administrative law. Michelle qualified as a solicitor in Northern Ireland, practising there, in England and Wales, and in Ireland, in employment and equality law. She joined ByrneWallace in 1999. Michelle advises Public and Private Sector clients, primarily employers, on complex areas of administrative and employment law, including employment equality, disability discrimination, and reasonable accommodation. As well as being head of the firm’s Public Sector Group, Michelle has been a member of Council of the Law Society of Ireland for over a decade and was a member of the Council of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland from 2007-2013. Michelle's membership of the Councils of two regulatory bodies and many of their committees inform her advices to clients, particularly in the public and regulatory sector. Michelle has strong experience in advising and representing clients in internal and external matters and in all legal fora. Michelle provides training to clients and in public lectures including the Law Society professional training and diploma programmes.

Richard Martin, Director, Byrne Dean, England 
Richard spent the first 20 years of his career as an employment lawyer in London, serving as a partner at Gouldens and then Jones Day (following the merger of those firms) before moving to Speechly Bircham where he ran the large employment team and sat on the firm’s management committee.  In 2011 he suffered a serious mental breakdown, spent time in hospital and two years recovering.  He is now a leading activist in the field of mental health.  His day to day work involves working with organisations around the world to raise awareness of mental health and illness, enable people to be more aware of their own wellbeing, create supportive cultures in which wellbeing can be discussed and ensure that those in difficulty are supported.  He co-chairs the Lord Mayor of London’s This is Me campaign which uses storytelling to reduce the stigma around mental health and illness, he leads the Mindful Business Charter, an initiative to remove the unnecessary stress in our workplaces, he is a mental health first aid instructor and coach.  In 2018 he published his memoir of mental illness and recovery, This too will pass – Anxiety in a professional world, which has been very well received.   He is a director of leading workplace consultancy byrne·dean.

Katie da Gama, Business & Executive Coach and Leadership Development Consultant, Dublin 
Katie has over 20 years’ experience as a legal professional (both Barrister and Solicitor) and, until May 2018, was the Managing Partner of the Dublin office of an international law firm.  She is also a CEDR accredited mediator.  Katie has now set up her own practice working both as a Business & Executive Coach as well as a Leadership Development Consultant.  Katie’s interest in wellbeing in the workplace (particularly amongst legal professionals) stems firstly from her personal experience of leading a team of 60 people and also now from working closely with executives who are choosing to prioritise the physical and mental health of themselves and their colleagues in order to stay ahead in their businesses.   

Julie Breen, Professional Wellbeing Project Coordinator, Law Society of Ireland 
Julie is the Law Society’s Professional Wellbeing Project Coordinator. She holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Masters in Humanitarian Action, a HDip in systemic psychotherapy and is currently completing her qualification to become a systemic psychotherapist. Julie has lived and worked abroad, in disaster affected countries, for a large part of her professional life. She is passionate about supporting individuals find the right balance of emotional and psychological health in their lives and is currently volunteering as a psychotherapist in an addiction and family therapy center and in AWARE as a Peer Support Facilitator. She is eager to make sure the Law Society’s Professional Wellbeing Project has a positive and lasting impact on its members.

Teri Kelly, Director of Representation and Member Services, Law Society of Ireland 
Teri Kelly is the Director of Representation and Member Services with responsibility for member and external communications for the Law Society, web and digital communications, the Gazette magazine and, Library and Information Services and Support Services. Teri is leading both the Small Practice Support Project and the Professional Wellbeing Project on behalf of the Law Society. Originally from Calgary, Canada, Teri studied political science and international relations before moving into corporate communications. She has worked in the energy, technology and financial services sectors before moving to the legal profession. Teri has lived all over Ireland for more than 15 years, spending periods in Limerick, Galway, Longford, Leitrim and, now, Dublin.

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