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Personal Injuries Litigation Masterclass 2020

Event Type Law Society Professional Training
Venue Online Webinar with Live Q&A Sessions
Discounted Fee €350*
CPD Hours 7 (by eLearning)
Start Date 10 November 2020 at 1:00 PM
End Date 19 November 2020 at 6:00 PM



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This Course is now fully booked and log in details have been sent to all delegates registered.

Aim and Objectives
The masterclass comprises of online lectures and interactive online tutorials with experienced practitioners dealing with the key elements of and recent developments in general personal injuries claims. It will also address the Covid-19 measures as they impact personal injuries litigation.


Topics to be covered include
The topics will include; the Statute of Limitations; the Personal Injuries Assessment Board; PI practice and procedure under the Civil Liability and Courts Act 2004 (as amended) and the Rules of Court; Damages (recent trends and issues); the impact of Covid-19 on personal injuries litigation ;  Section 26 applications; Data access in PI Matters; recent case law; Claims involving an injured child; Claims involving schools; Practical considerations in claims against clubs; Bullying and Harassment Claims; Good practice and ethical issues; and Costs, including s.150 letters and adjudication.

Lecturers and Tutors Include: subject to change

Colette Reid, Solicitor and Programme Director 
Colette is a solicitor with ten years’ experience in practice and is the Skills Leader and a Course Manager on the Law Society’s Professional Practice Courses. Colette’s areas of expertise include Civil Litigation, Civil Advocacy and Medical Law. She also heads the development and co-ordination of skills training and policy development on the Professional Practice Course. Colette holds an MSc in Healthcare Law & Ethics from the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland and diplomas in Arbitration (UCD) and EU Law (LSI). She edited and co-authored the Law Society’s Civil Litigation book (Oxford University Press). In addition to her Professional Practice Course role with trainee solicitors, Colette designs, writes and delivers legal professional training courses for the profession and lectures in Civil Litigation, Medical Law, Applied Land Law and Skills. Colette is the secretary to the Litigation Committee.


Suzanne Hill, Solicitor and Assessor with PIAB
Suzanne is an Assessor with the Personal Injuries Assessment Board since 2007, where she is involved in the assessment of claims on a daily basis. She qualified as a Solicitor in 1992 and worked as a Personal Injuries Solicitor, for a period of thirteen years. She also has qualifications in the training and education area and worked for a period of two years as a legal skills trainer, providing legal skills training to non-lawyers.


Noel Guiden, Legal Costs Accountant and managing partner of Behan & Assoc.
Noel has been involved in the profession as a Legal Costs Accountant for in excess of 30 years and is the managing partner of Behan & Associates (www.behans.ie). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Costs Accountants and a current member of the Institute’s Council.  He has extensive experience in respect of all aspects of legal costs with a particular specialised knowledge of medical negligence and other catastrophic personal injury cases, commercial, liquidations and tribunal matters


Niamh Mc Hugh, BL
Niamh Mc Hugh BL practiced as a solicitor in general practice before being called to the Bar in 2002. She has a general practice with a focus on civil litigation, particularly personal injuries actions, as well as land and probate law, family law and child law .Niamh also lectures and tutors on the Law Society’s Professional Practice Courses.


Sinéad Nunan - Managing Partner, Michael Houlihan & Partners, Solicitors
Sinéad Nunan is a Partner with Michael Houlihan & Partners, Solicitors, Ennis where she deals   mainly with litigation matters. She is also a lecturer and tutor on the Civil Litigation and Skills modules of the Law Society’s Professional Practice Courses. She previously lectured in family law at the University of London in the university’s LLB programme. Sinéad has a keen interest in alternative dispute resolution and is a certified mediator


Stephen Hanaphy, BL
Stephen Hanaphy, a doctoral graduate of Trinity College Dublin and of the King's Inns, has been practicing at the Irish Bar since 2010. His expertise lies generally in the area of commercial law, with a particular emphasis on corporate insolvency and company restructuring, and in employment law. He has experience of acting for employers and employees in the WRC and the Courts and regularly gives talks to solicitors and HR managers on developments in areas such as employers' liability, whistleblowing and workplace relations generally. Stephen has also been a regular contributor on RTÉ and Raidio na Gaeltachta on legal matters.



  • The Zoom Workshops are held using Zoom Meetings and will not be recorded. If you miss the live workshop you cannot play back the event and you also may not avail of your CPD Hours for that event.
  • Solicitors may now complete the entire 2020 CPD requirement of 20 hours online. For more information see www.lawsociety.ie/CPDscheme
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