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Diploma in Insurance Law

Start Date
Tuesday 6 February 2024 at 6:00 PM
2,500 word written assignment.
Delivery Method
Lectures on Tuesdays from 6pm. Additionally, three online workshops will take place between March and the end of May.
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 booklet, see CPD scheme.
Course Leader
Megan Murphy Byrne, Solicitor, Course Leader: m.murphybyrne@lawsociety.ie
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Application information

Applications for this course are now closed. If you are interested in applying for a future offering of the course, please register for our Interested List.


The Insurance Institute  has accredited the course for 8 CPD formal hours.

Solicitors and Trainees

To pay online click on the 'Book Now' button, otherwise please complete one of the application forms, containing our bank details, in the Download section below and send it to diplomateam@lawsociety.ie , indicating in your cover email should you need an invoice to pay by EFT (Electronic Fund Transfer) or if you wish to pay by card over the phone.

Other Professionals

We welcome applications for this course from suitably qualified professionals. This application will need to be approved before you can book online. Please note, for non-members this course is subject to a supplemental fee of €335 bringing the total course fee to €2,995. No fees are required prior to approval. To apply please email the following documents to diplomateam@lawsociety.ie :

  1. Completed application form (see below)
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Short cover letter setting out your relevant experience


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 structure and approach to learning

Ireland has become a major location for international insurance, with some of the world’s leading insurance companies operating here. Particular strengths of the industry lie in the captive insurance and reinsurance areas. 

This diploma will provide participants with an overview of the (re)insurance industry in Ireland and provide comprehensive coverage of all key issues relating to (re)insurance law and the litigation of insurance claims. The course will examine insurance concepts and underline the importance of understanding key insurance documentation. It will ensure that participants are aware of the important legal issues relating to both personal and commercial insurances and the legal issues pertaining to claims. Leading experts will consider the main legal liability insurance areas such as public liability, occupier liability, professional indemnity, and employer liability insurance. There will be a detailed examination of the court process, case management, and alternative dispute resolution. We will offer an insight into key issues such as the reinsurance industry, insurance fraud, the MIBI, legal issues relating to intermediaries, assignments, and liquidations. The effects of legislation on compliance in the industry will also be analysed – regulation (the Solvency II Directive) and data protection. Finally, the applied insurance module will give an overview of new insurances, construction, cyber insurance, and other growth areas. 

Programme objectives

On completion of this training programme, participants will have:

  • An understanding of the important legal issues relating to both personal and commercial insurances;
  • A knowledge of insurance policy drafting and interpretation;
  • An in-depth knowledge of personal injury and litigation claims, the court process, key issues in defending/litigating claims, and the lifecycle of a claim;
  • An insight into the insurance regulatory environment;
  • An ability to recognise when data protection issues arise in an insurance context;
  • A greater understanding of liability insurance and other insurances such as construction, marine, and aviation insurance;
  • An insight into insurance fraud; 
  • Up-to-date knowledge of new emerging insurances such as cyber-risk insurance.


The programme is based on the following module scheme and covers key themes as listed below:

Module 1: Introduction to insurance

  • Overview of Irish insurance market,
  • Principles of insurance,
  • The contract of insurance,
  • Key insurance documentation,
  • Insurance policy terms and conditions,
  • Insurance policy drafting and interpretation,
  • Ethics in insurance.

Module 2: Insurance claims

  • Personal insurance,
  • Commercial insurance,
  • Causation – proximate, sequential, concurrent,
  • Notice, mitigation, limitation,
  • Proof and measurement of loss.

Module 3: Liability in insurance

  • PIAB,
  • Personal Injuries Guidelines,
  • Court process,
  • Appeals process,
  • Which parties to claim against,
  • Key issues for litigating/defending claims,
  • Awards and costs,
  • Alternative dispute resolution,
  • Overview of recent insurance cases,
  • Motor insurance – MIBI,
  • Complaints – Financial Services Ombudsman, Central Bank.

Module 4: Litigation insurance

  • Public liability,
  • Product liability,
  • Professional indemnity,
  • Employer liability,
  • Warranty and indemnity insurance. 

Module 5: Regulation of insurance industry

  • Insurance supervision – Central Bank,
  • Insurance (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2022,
  • Central Bank (Supervision and Enforcement) Act 2013 (Section 48(1)) (Insurance Requirements) Regulations 2022,
  • The Central Bank (Individual Accountability Framework) Bill 2022,
  • Regulation of intermediaries,
  • Solvency II,
  • Consumer Protection Code,
  • Enforcement.

Module 6: Data protection

  • Legitimate processing of data,
  • Retention of data,
  • Personal data and sensitive personal data,
  • Data access requests,
  • Transferring data outside EU/EEA,
  • Use of private investigators.

Module 7: Reinsurance and Outsourcing

  • Reinsurance industry,
  • Types of reinsurance contracts,
  • Losses and claims,
  • Proportional and non-proportional treaty,
  • Outsourcing in insurance,
  • Solvency II and intra/third party outsourcing arrangements.

Module 8: Intermediaries and Assignments

  • Intermediaries,
  • Broker rights and duties
  • Assignments.

Module 9: Key Issues

  • Conflict of law – jurisdictional issues,
  • The Insurance Compensation Fund
  • Establishment/liquidation issues.

Module 10: Applied insurance

  • Construction insurance, including single project,
  • Marine insurance,
  • Aviation insurance,
  • Cyber insurance,
  • Legal expenses insurance.


Workshops are interactive sessions that focus on group problem-solving and are designed to revise all modules covered to date and to consolidate the participant’s knowledge.

  • Workshop 1: Tuesday 5 March
  • Workshop 2: Tuesday 23 April
  • Workshop 3: Tuesday 28 May


2,500 word written assignment.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for: 

  • Solicitors, barristers, and trainees working in or aspiring to work in litigation or more specifically insurance litigation; 
  • Solicitors, barristers, and trainees advising on regulatory insurance issues;
  • Insurance professionals seeking to enhance their knowledge of the law relating to insurance, with a view to advancing in the industry such as;
  • Practitioners in insurance and reinsurance entities;
  • Insurance claims handlers and claims assessors; and
  • Insurance brokers, agents and loss adjustors.

If you are not a qualified solicitor, a barrister, or a trainee, please apply with a cover letter and CV for approval to attend the course. Such applications are subject to a supplemental fee, which amounts to €335 in respect of a diploma application. 


    Lecturers and tutors will be drawn from the leading law firms specialising in insurance law, insurance and reinsurance companies, insurance brokers, captive insurance and intermediaries from Ireland and the UK, and from the Central Bank of Ireland. Previous lecturers have included the following:

    • Andrew McGahey, Partner, Kennedys,
    • April McClements, Partner, Matheson,
    • Sarah Conroy, Partner, Beale & Co.,
    • Daniel Scanlon, Commercial Disputes Lawyer,
    • Grainne Callanan, Partner, Matheson
    • Fergal Crehan BL, Data Protection Officer, Three Ireland,
    • Brian O’Mara, O’Leary Insurance Ltd.,
    • Colm O’Connor, Senior Legal Counsel, SCOR,
    • Mark Doyle, Broking Director, Corporate Risks, Willis Towers Watson


    The Insurance Institute  has accredited the course for 8 CPD formal hours.

    CPD hours will be awarded for solicitors who take part in the course as part of their requirements in accordance with the Law Society CPD Scheme 2024. For further information and the booklet, see CPD scheme. 

    The Diploma Centre team will host our annual CPD conference in November 2024. This complimentary event is a dedicated professional development and solicitor wellbeing and client care and professional standards session. We will post an invitation on your Diploma Hub page later in the year. 


    Megan Murphy Byrne, Solicitor, Course Leader: m.murphybyrne@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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