Aim and Objectives
The Law Society Professional Training seminar is designed in partnership with Solicitors for the Elderly Ireland. It will focus on resolving disputes/conflict and complaints of relevance to practitioners acting for the older client. The event will include a panel discussion with expert speakers available to deal with questions and offer practical advice.
Topics and Issues to be covered
The LSRA and Complaints Relating to Probate and Wills
Funeral disputes and inter-family conflict.
Delegates will be invited to submit questions in advance of the event. If you have a particular question you would like addressed in this seminar please email your Question to email@example.com
ChairpersonSpeakersDr. Brian J. Doherty, CEO, Legal Services Regulatory Authority
Padraic Courtney, Chairperson, Solicitors for the Elderly
Brian Doherty is the Chief Executive Officer of the Legal Service Regulatory Authority. He was called to the Bar in 1996 and initially practised in Belfast. He joined the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland when it was set up in 2000 as one of the first civilian investigators, working on allegations of misconduct against the then RUC, later the Police Service of Northern Ireland. In 2007 he moved to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission as a senior investigating officer, later progressing to acting Deputy Director of Investigations. He returned to the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman in 2014 to run the Current Investigations Directorate. Brian took up post as the CEO of the LSRA in September 2017.Prof. Heather Conway, Queen’s University, Belfast
Professor Heather Conway is an expert on death laws, and the legal issues around funerals and dealing with the dead. Key areas of interest include new and emerging bodily disposal technologies; the resolution of family disputes surrounding funerals and post-cremation ashes; exhumation and commemoration of the dead; the legal status of funeral instructions; and- more recently- how coronavirus restrictions and emergency powers have altered funerals, and how we deal with the dead. Professor Conway is the author of The Law and the Dead (Routledge, 2016) and is a Council Member and trustee of the Cremation Society of GB. She has delivered numerous presentations to deathcare professionals including the National Association of Funeral Directors, the Society and Allied and Independent Funeral Directors and Cruse Bereavement UK.
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