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Cert in Charity Law, Trusteeship and Governance

Start Date
Friday 4 March 2022 at 10:00 AM
2,500-word written assignment (85%) and continuous assessment (15%)
Delivery Method
Lectures and workshops on Fridays and Saturdays.
CPD Hours
The number of hours of CPD that you may claim in relation to this course will depend on the way in which you access each of the individual sessions.  For further information and the CPD booklet, see CPD scheme.
Course Leader
Suzanne Crilly, Solicitor, Course Leader: S.Crilly@LawSociety.ie; Deirdre Flynn, Solicitor, Course Leader: D.Flynn@LawSociety.ie.
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Application information

We are no longer accepting applications for this course. If you are interested in applying for a future offering of the course please register for our Interested List . 

Solicitors and Trainees

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Other Professionals

We welcome applications for this course from suitably qualified professionals. Your application must be approved before you can formally register on the course. To apply please email the following documents to diplomateam@lawsociety.ie :

  1. A completed application form (see below)
  2. Your Curriculum Vitae
  3. A short cover letter setting out your relevant experience

Please note, for non-members this course is subject to a supplemental fee of €100 bringing the total course fee to €1,750. No fees are required prior to approval.


If you are interested in applying for a future offering of the course please register for our Interested List

Further information on this course including course structure, module scheme, faculty and workshop dates are set out below. Clicking on the links will bring you directly to that section or simply scroll through to read all the content. 

Programme objectives

On completion of this training programme, participants will have attained deep knowledge and insight into the following:

  • Establishing a charity: legal structures & registration requirements;
  • Governance codes & regulatory requirements;
  • Managing risk;
  • Managing finances; 
  • Board responsibilities;
  • Fundraising codes & procurement;
  • Employment law, HR and volunteer policies;
  • Keeping on top of data protection issues.

Programme structure and approach to learning

The charity sector in Ireland is facing many challenges due to the impact of Covid-19, in particular the effect it has had on fundraising and service continuity.  Additionally, the establishment of the Charities Regulator, increasing regulatory & funding requirements (including the introduction in late 2018 of the Regulator’s Charities Governance Code), and developments on the horizon in terms of funding and competitive tendering herald changes that need to be taken on board to shape the future of this sector in Ireland. 

This course, which represents a collaboration between the Law Society of Ireland and The Wheel, Ireland’s national charity association, provides practitioners and those working in charitable, social enterprise and community organisations with an overview of the law and best practice in the relevant areas. The course has a very practical emphasis and will equip participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to maintain integrity and uphold standards.



The Certificate in Charity Law, Trusteeship and Governance programme is based on the following module scheme and covers key themes as listed below:

Module 1: Introduction

  • Recent trends in the charity sector in Ireland,
  • Regulation of charities and the Charities Act 2009,
  • The legal framework & legal structures for charities.

Module 2: Finance & Fundraising

  • Legislative framework for fundraising,
  • Regulation of & best practice for fundraising,
  • Financial reporting: Statutory requirements,
  • Charities Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP).

Module 3: Governance

  • Charities Regulator’s Charities Governance Code,
  • Implementation and related issues,
  • Risk assessments and managing risk.

Module 4: Strategy and management

  • Management, human resource and volunteer policies,
  • Charities & corporate governance,
  • Data protection issues,
  • Employment law,
  • Outcomes approach,
  • Procurement and tendering.

Our learning approach and the use of an online forum ensure that attendees can learn both from lecturers and from the knowledge sharing and peer-to-peer aspect that is encouraged in interactive sessions. 


Workshops are interactive sessions that focus on group problem-solving and are designed to encourage candidates to engage in problem-solving scenario questions with a tutor who has specialised knowledge of the subject area.

1Charities Governance Code Saturday 05 March 202210:00 - 15:00
2Planning a fundraising campaignFriday 01 April 202210:00 - 14:00
3Financial reporting requirements of the Charities Act, introducing  Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP)Saturday 02 April 202210:00 - 15:30
4Working for outcomes and panel discussionSaturday 07 May 202210:00 - 13:30


2,500-word written assignment (85%) and continuous assessment (15%).


Members of the Wheel are eligible for a 10% discount off their fee.

Who should attend?

The course will appeal to those in practice who advise charitable organisations. It will also appeal to those working in the sector or those who hold positions on boards of organisations or in a management capacity. We invite lawyers and individuals involved with the sector to apply. 

If you are not a qualified solicitor, trainee, or barrister, please apply with a cover letter and CV for approval to attend the course.


Lecturers and tutors will be drawn from solicitors, barristers, accountants, and others with expertise in the field of charity law, trusteeship and governance. Previous lecturers and current faculty include:

  • Marguerite Bolger SC,
  • Katie Cadden, Solicitor, Board Member and Regulatory Committee Chairperson of Charities Regulatory Authority,
  • Tony Ward, The Wheel,
  • Stuart Garland, Volunteer Ireland,
  • Daragh O’Brien, Castlebridge,
  • Ivan Cooper, The Wheel,
  • Cormac Ó Ceallaigh, Cormac Ó Ceallaigh Solicitors,
  • Mary O’Kennedy, O’Kennedy Consulting,
  • Philip Isard, Quality Matters,
  • Andrea Shupinski, FCA.
  • Senan Turnbull, Community, voluntary and charities sector specialist,
  • Rachel Cadden , BL,
  • Deirdre Garvey, The Wheel,
  • Mairead O’Connor, The Wheel,
  • Nick Sparrow, Not for profit Consultant,
  • Diarmaid O’Corrbui, Carmichael.


We have designed our courses to enable you to satisfy as much of your CPD requirement as possible. Time spent attending lectures and workshops in person or completing these via e-learning as part of your course can be claimed towards your annual CPD requirement. The number of hours of CPD that you may claim in relation to your diploma/certificate course will depend on the way in which you access each of the individual sessions. For further information, visit the CPD scheme and download the CPD booklet.


Deirdre Flynn, Solicitor, Course Leader: D.Flynn@LawSociety.ie .
Suzanne Crilly, Solicitor, Course Leader: 
S.Crilly@LawSociety.ie .

*Every effort has been made to ensure the information contained in these pages is accurate and up to date. However timetables and course content are subject to change and date and time changes may occur due to factors beyond our control.

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