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Property Law Update 2020

Event Type Law Society Professional Training
Venue Online Webinar with Live Q&A Sessions
Discounted Fee €160.00*
CPD Hours 3.5 General (by eLearning)
Date 22 October 2020 2:00 PM - 5:45 PM



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Aims and Objectives
The aim of this conference is to provide practitioners with an overview of recent and on-going developments in Conveyancing practice. The objective is to equip Conveyancing practitioners with the necessary practical knowledge to embrace recent and future changes and developments. The seminar is designed in collaboration with members of the Conveyancing Committee of the Law Society.

Topics to be covered include  

  • Review of Practice Notes – Oct 2019 to Oct 2020
  • PRA practice update
  • Property Market – where are we?
  • Conveyancing Practice Reform Task Force
  • Easements
  • Commercial Leases update
  • Receivership sales



Dr. Gabriel Brennan, Law Society of Ireland
Dr. Gabriel Brennan has been involved in the provision of legal education for over twenty years. Gabriel practiced with Abercorn Solicitors before joining the Law Society’s Law School as a Course Manager with responsibility for the design and delivery of numerous property and skills related courses. She has been a member of the Law Society Conveyancing Committee since 1997 and is a member of the Property Registration Authority eRegistration Project Board. She is also a member of the Society’s eConveyancing Task Force, acts as Senior Advisor to the eConveyancing Project and chairs the eSignatures Working Group. Gabriel has written and edited numerous course texts and published many articles. She is author of Ground Rents: A Practitioner’s Guide published by Thomson Round Hall and The Impact of eConveyancing on Title Registration; A Risk Assessment published by Springer International.


Deirdre Fox, Deirdre Fox & Associates Solicitors Wicklow
Deirdre qualified as a solicitor in 1993. She practiced in Cork for a number of years post qualification and in 1996 joined the fulltime teaching staff in the Law School with overall responsibility for Landlord and Tenant and Conveyancing. In 1997 she took up a position as Head of Conveyancing in the Legal Department of Board Telecom Eireann (as it then was) where she remained until 2006, when she left to set up her own practice, Deirdre Fox & Associates. She is a member of the conveyancing committee and a contributor to the Conveyancing Manual.

Áine Ruddy, PRAI
Áine Ruddy is a qualified Barrister (2005) with twenty years’ experience of working in the Property Registration Authority (P.R.A). She holds a BA (History and Politics) U.C.D. (1996), and has a Master’s Degree in Innovation Management in the Public Sector from the University of Ulster and Letterkenny Institute of Technology (2017). For the past decade she has been based in the Legal Services Unit in the P.R.A. She is Chief Examiner of Titles specialising in the investigation of unregistered documentary titles and adverse possession claims. She is also an associate member of faculty of the Law Society of Ireland and is a regular contributor to the Law Society's Continuing Professional Development and Diploma programmes having delivered several tutorials, lectures and presentations on Land Registry practice and procedure. 

Michael Walsh, Partner, ByrneWallace, Dublin 
Michael is the Head of Property at ByrneWallace. Michael is an accomplished practitioner with extensive experience in a broad range of real estate matters. Michael has been a regular contributor for over ten years to the Law Society's Continuing Professional Development and Diploma programmes.  He is a contributing author to the Law Society's "Complex Conveyancing" manual. Michael has been a member of the Law Society’s Conveyancing Committee since 2015 and he is the convener of the Law Society’s Pre-Contract Title Investigation Task Force.

Keith McConnell, Partner, Gore Grimes
Keith is a Partner in Gore Grimes’s Real Estate department. He advises clients on all types of real estate financing, sales, purchases and portfolio management, with a particular focus on commercial and residential developments. He has advised on some of the largest real estate transactions, including portfolio sales, and advises some of the most prominent developers in the country. His practice includes the setting up of substantial development schemes, management structures and dealing with issues regarding rights of access and easements, as well as landlord and tenant issues arising. Keith has advised on complicated issues relating to infrastructural works, has been involved in dealing with local authorities and other statutory bodies in respect of easements for essential services (such as gas, electricity and other public services), including advising on compulsory acquisitions and the taking in charge of services, roads and footpaths by the Local Authority. Keith has also advised in relation to all property matters arising in connection with various energy projects, including power stations and wind farms and the financing of such projects. Keith joined Gore & Grimes from a top five firm in 2016. He is a member of the Law Society of Ireland and is a tutor on the Commercial Property course for the Law Society. He is also a CEDR Accredited Mediator and a member of the Law Society Conveyancing Committee.

Ronan Lyons, Assistant Professor of Economics, Trinity College Dublin
Ronan Lyons is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Trinity College Dublin, where his research focuses on urban economics and economic history, in particular housing markets over the long-run. His doctorate at Oxford was on Ireland’s housing market boom and bust of the early 21st Century and his work has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Housing Economics, Energy Economics, and Regional Science & Urban Economics. He is a frequent contributor to national and international media on Irish housing and the broader economy and he is also the author of the quarterly Daft.ie Reports on the Irish housing market.

Mark Barr, Consultant, Arthur Cox, Dublin
Mark is a solicitor and a consultant (and former partner) with the Dublin law firm, Arthur Cox. He was head of the Arthur Cox Commercial Property Practice from 2006 to 2016 and a member of the Management Committee (Executive Board) of the firm from 2002 to 2016. His field of expertise (where he has practiced for over 30 years) is commercial real estate, including the purchase, sale, financing and development of commercial real estate on behalf of institutional and private equity investors and/or owner-occupiers. He is a Commissioner (non-executive director) and currently vice chairman of the Commissioners of Irish Lights, the statutory lighthouse and aids to navigation service for the island of Ireland.  He is an independent non-executive director of Appian Investments ICAV. He is a member of the Conveyancing Committee of the Law Society of Ireland and currently chairs the Law Society task force on commercial leases. He is also a member of the Development Council of the University College Dublin, Sutherland School of Law.  

Donal O'Raghallaigh,  Partner, McCann Fitzgerald 
Donal is experienced in all aspects of commercial real estate. He has advised on many large commercial property transactions, acting for Irish and international investors, local authorities, developers, lenders, tenants and receivers. He also advises on complex property related litigation matters. Donal specialises in advising public bodies in relation to PPP projects, compulsory purchase schemes and “land for buildings” transactions. He also works on transaction structuring, helping his clients to protect themselves against unforeseen legal and tax consequences.                                                         



If you have chosen the option to attend via streaming LIVE online your login information will be emailed to you 3 working days before the event. In this case, you must login and attend online in order to avail of the CPD hours on offer.

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