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LegalED Talks – CPD Training Hub

Event Type Law Society Finuas Skillnet
Venue Online, On-Demand
CPD Hours This is dependent on the course(s) completed
Price €0.00

CPD Training Hub 

This is a free series of training activities from expert speakers that will cover the areas as follows

Unlocking Wellness Together Series

Course 1: Coldshock
Wim Hof practitioner, Níall Ó Murchu, in conversation with Trish Howard, psychotherapist.

CPD Hours: 0.5 Hour Management & Professional Development Skills (by eLearning)

Course 2: The Wim Hof Method
Níall Ó Murchu takes you through a Wim Hof Method breathing class.

CPD Hours: 0.5 Hour Management & Professional Development Skills (by eLearning)

Course 3: Anxiety Awareness
Caroline Foran, on increasing solicitors’ awareness of causes, signs and coping strategies for stress and anxiety.

CPD Hours: 1 Hour Management & Professional Development Skills (by eLearning)

Course 4: Depression Awareness
Alastair Campbell discusses with Attracta O'Regan the causes, signs and coping strategies for living with depression. 

CPD Hours: 1 Hour Management & Professional Development Skills (by eLearning)

Course 5: Trauma Awareness

Dr Sharon Lambert talks to Blindboy about vicarious trauma, secondary trauma, stress, burnout and what you can do about it. This is essential trauma awareness training for all solicitors. 

This course incorporates the discussion first seen at the Business of Wellbeing Summit in 2020. 
CPD Hours: 1 Hour Management & Professional Development Skills (by eLearning)
NOTE: Following your participation in this course Law Society Finuas Skillnet will issue you with a digital CPD certificate using blockchain-based technology. With blockchain, you can verify with others - such as the Law Society CPD Scheme section - the authenticity of your certificate in a matter of seconds. This initiative is the result of collaboration between Law Society Finuas Skillnet and VerifyEd. In summary, you will be provided with a complimentary secure, virtual library where you can save your future digital CPD certificates. This allows Law Society Finuas Skillnet to better serve you, our member, by providing an encrypted platform to issue CPD certificates with cryptographic proof that they were issued by Law Society Finuas Skillnet. [Allow 14 days for your certificate to be issued].

This training resource is in support of the Law Society’s Professional Wellbeing Programme 

Covid-19 Legal Practice Updates Series

Course 1: Covid-19 Employer - Employee Implications
Richard Grogan, Partner, Richard Grogan & Associates discusses Lay off and redundancy; Salary cuts; Working from home: Breaks, start and end times; Holidays; Returning from maternity leave; New job offers; Bank holiday Monday implications; Work social media groups; Laptops and cyber security; Giving account details.

CPD Hours: 1 Hour General (by eLearning)

Course 2: Drafting and Executing Wills during Coronavirus
Padraic Courtney, Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland discusses the practicalities of drafting and executing wills for clients during Covid-19 restrictions.

CPD Hours: 0.5 Hour General (by eLearning)

Course 3: Covid-19 Tax Update
John Cuddigan, Partner, Ronan Daly Jermyn, discusses the Wage Subsidy Scheme (WSS): General outline; What employers can participate and what proofs are required; Level of subsidy/ Average Weekly Net Pay; Requirement to top-up subsidy by employers; Pitfalls.

CPD Hours: 0.5 Hour General (by eLearning)

Course 4: Covid-19 and the implications for the Family and Child Law practitioner 
Keith Walsh, Solicitor, Mediator, Collaborative and Family Lawyer, Keith Walsh Solicitors, Dublin discusses: The current legal position (as at 30 April) in relation to freedom/restriction of movement with particular emphasis on family law, lawyers and the courts; Covid-19 and the Family law courts - District, Circuit and Family Court; Family law issues arising from Covid-19; Guidelines for family law during Covid-19 provided by the Law Society Child and Family Law Committee and the Family Lawyers Association.

CPD Hours: 0.5 Hour General (by eLearning)

Course 5: In-House Panel Discussion
Our panel discusses enhancing the effectiveness of the in-house legal team in the current climate. The presentations focus on what makes teams work or hinders their effectiveness, the types of legal functions, from centralised to decentralised, and their pros and cons, and how to manage transition and change within teams. Presentations are informed by questions raised by the In-house & Public Sector Committee and will address the remote management of teams. The select panel of both public and private sector in-house solicitors share personal observations and insights based on their career experiences. The In-house and Public Sector Committee chair, Anna-Marie Curry will give a short introduction to the presentations.

Panel: Alan Daly, Group Head of Legal, ESB; Anna-Marie Curry, Company Secretary and General Counsel in Bord na Móna and Chair of the In House and Public Sector Committee; Carol Drury, Head of Retail Legal AIB plc.; Dr Des Hogan, Assistant Chief State Solicitor; Brian Connolly, Director of Legal Services, Accenture Limited, Dublin.

CPD Hours: 2.5 Hours General (by eLearning)

Course 6: Civil Litigation and Covid-19
Colette Reid, Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland discusses civil litigation in the time of Covid-19. [All Covid-19 information is correct at time of recording in May 2020]

CPD Hours: 0.5 Hour General (by eLearning) 

Course 7: GDPR in Action: Privacy in a Time of COVID-19
Paul Lavery, Partner, McCann FitzGerald, discusses the implications of Covid-19 and data including: Working from home data security issues; Covid-19 data protection issues re (i) fair collection and processing and (ii) legal basis for processing; Ensuring that data collected for Covid-19 purposes (e.g. from staff or clients) is relevant and proportionate; GDPR considerations re the tracing and tracking apps etc.

CPD Hours: 0.5  Hour Regulatory Matters (by eLearning) 

Course 8: Mediation and Arbitration - the essentials and the virtual in Covid-19 times
Our panel discusses: the basics of mediation; the experiences of virtual mediations during lockdown; practical tips for virtual mediations; what role virtual technology might have post-Covid-19. Regarding arbitrating during Covid-19: how the work must go on; what the arbitral institutions say; if hearings are necessary; the practicalities of conducting remote arbitration hearings; the new norms going forward.

Panel Discussion: Helen Kilroy, Partner, McCann FitzGerald; Eamonn Conlon, Solicitor and Arbitrator; Brian McMullin, Solicitor and Principal, Brian J McMullin.

CPD Hours: 1 Hour General (by eLearning)

Course 9: Competition Law Enforcement in the Era of the Covid-19 Pandemic
Introduction by Cormac Little, Partner, William Fry Solicitors, Dublin and Vice Chair of the Law Society EU & International Affairs Committee. Alan McCarthy, Partner, EU, Competition & Procurement, A&L Goodbody, Dublin discusses Covid-19 and Competition Law and Dr. Pat McCloughan, PMCA Economic Consulting, Dublin talks about ‘Big Tech’ and Competition Law.

Panel Discussion: Cormac Little, Alan McCarthy, Dr. Pat McCloughan

CPD Hours: 1 Hour General (by eLearning)

IT Know-How Series

Course 1: The Paperless Lawyer
Gerard Groarke BL www.paperless-academy.com demonstrates how lawyers can go completely paperless: Receiving and dealing with digital documents and materials; Manipulating digital documents - extracting pages and building booklets; Digital notebooks - supercharging your paperless productivity; Digital resources - how to make the best use of online information; Annotating digital documents - no different to paper.
CPD hours: 0.5 Hour Management & Professional Development Skills (by eLearning)

Regulatory Matters and Professional & Management Development Skills Series

Course 1: Solicitor AML - Current Framework, Becoming Risk Aware and Top Tips
Emma-Jane Williams, AML Policy Manager, Law Society of Ireland discusses: AML-Regulated Legal Services; Business Risk Assessments; Policies, Controls and Procedures; Customer Risk Assessments; CRA Outcome à Extent of CDD; What is money laundering; The offence of money laundering; Knowledge about ML/TF Risk Factors; Knowledge about Legal Sector ML/TF Risk; Categories of Legal Sector Red Flags.

CPD Hours: 1 Regulatory Matters (accounting and AML compliance) (by eLearning)

Course 2: Section 150 Costs
Keith Walsh, Principal, Keith Walsh Solicitors, Dublin discusses: New section 150 rules; Section 150 notices; New obligations pursuant to section 152 in relation to bills of costs; FAQs regarding new Section 150; Legal practitioners’ duties in relation to legal costs; Sections 149-161 of the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015 (LSRA); Legal Costs (s.150) Notice – Guidance and Precedent.

CPD Hours: 1 Hour Regulatory Matters (accounting and AML compliance) (by eLearning) 

Course 3: Cyber Security 
The cyber security essentials for your law firm covers: Understanding the basics of cyber crime; The most common types of cyber scams experienced by Irish law firms; Understanding the fundamentals of password security.

CPD Hours: One hour and thirty minutes Regulatory Matters (by eLearning) 

Course 4: Advanced Cyber Security
This course covers: The main cyber threats to your law firm; Understanding the cyber threats relating to wireless networks, web security and sharing files, and apply cyber security best practice; Carrying out a basic cyber security audit of your law firm, and training employees in best practice and awareness of potential threats; Briefing a cyber security service provider on the requirements for your business.

CPD Hours: 1 hour Regulatory Matters (by eLearning)


  • Once you complete each talk session you can avail of the CPD hour(s) on offer for that particular session. 
  • This course is available from date of registration to 31 December 2021. You should download any course materials you require before this date as you cannot access the course after 31 December 2021. 
  • Solicitors may now complete the entire 2021 CPD requirement of 20 hours online. For more information see www.lawsociety.ie/CPDscheme
  • For a full series list of training activities download the Brochure  
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