LegalED Talks – COVID-19 CPD Support Initiative

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To support solicitors during the challenging months ahead Law Society Finuas Skillnet has launched LegalED Talks.


This is a Free CPD series of weekly talks from expert speakers that will cover the following areas:

Covid-19 Legal Practice Updates
1. Covid-19 Employer-Employee Implications
Release Date: available now
Topics & Speakers: Richard Grogan, Partner, Richard Grogan & Associates discusses Lay off and redundancy; Salary cuts; Working from home: Breaks, start and end times; Holidays; Returning from maternity leave; New job offers; Bank holiday Monday implications; Work social media groups; Laptops and cyber security; Giving account details.
CPD Hours: 1 Hour General (by eLearning)

2. Drafting and Executing Wills during Coronavirus
Release Date: available now
Topics & Speakers: Padraic Courtney, Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland discusses the practicalities of drafting and executing wills for clients during Covid-19 restrictions.
CPD Hours: 0.5 Hour General (by eLearning)

3. Covid-19 Tax Update
Release Date: available now
Topics & Speakers: John Cuddigan, Partner, Ronan Daly Jermyn, discusses the Wage Subsidy Scheme (WSS): General outline; What employers can participate and what proofs are required; Level of subsidy/ Average Weekly Net Pay; Requirement to top-up subsidy by employers; Pitfalls.
CPD Hours: 0.5 Hour General (by eLearning)

4. Covid-19 and the implications for the Family and Child Law practitioner
Release Date: available now
Topics & Speakers: Keith Walsh, Solicitor, Mediator, Collaborative and Family Lawyer, Keith Walsh Solicitors, Dublin discusses: The current legal position (as at 30 April) in relation to freedom/restriction of movement with particular emphasis on family law, lawyers and the courts; Covid-19 and the Family law courts – District, Circuit and Family Court; Family law issues arising from Covid-19; Guidelines for family law during Covid-19 provided by the Law Society Child and Family Law Committee and the Family Lawyers Association.
CPD Hours: 0.5 Hour General (by eLearning)

5. In-House Panel Discussion
Release Date: available now
Topics: Our panel discusses enhancing the effectiveness of the in-house legal team in the current climate. The presentations focus on what makes teams work or hinders their effectiveness, the types of legal functions, from centralised to decentralised, and their pros and cons, and how to manage transition and change within teams. Presentations are informed by questions raised by the In-house & Public Sector Committee and will address the remote management of teams. The select panel of both public and private sector in-house solicitors share personal observations and insights based on their career experiences. The In-house and Public Sector Committee chair, Anna-Marie Curry will give a short introduction to the presentations.

Panel: Alan Daly, Group Head of Legal, ESB; Anna-Marie Curry, Company Secretary and General Counsel in Bord na Móna and Chair of the In House and Public Sector Committee; Carol Drury, Head of Retail Legal AIB plc.; Dr Des Hogan, Assistant Chief State Solicitor; Brian Connolly, Director of Legal Services, Accenture Limited, Dublin.
CPD Hours: 2 Hours General (by eLearning) (exact hours TBC)

6. Civil Litigation and Covid-19
Release Date: available now
Speaker: Colette Reid, Solicitor, Law Society of Ireland
CPD Hours: 0.5 Hour General (by eLearning)

7. GDPR and Covid-19
Release Date: available now
Topics & Speakers: Paul Lavery, Partner, McCann FitzGerald, discusses the implications of Covid-19 and data including: Working from home data security issues; Covid-19 data protection issues re (i) fair collection and processing and (ii) legal basis for processing; Ensuring that data collected for Covid-19 purposes (e.g. from staff or clients) is relevant and proportionate; GDPR considerations re the tracing and tracking apps etc.
CPD Hours: 0.5 Hour Regulatory Matters (by eLearning)

IT Know-How Series

8. The Paperless Lawyer
Release Date: available now
Topics & Speakers: Gerard Groarke BL demonstrates how lawyers can go completely paperless: Receiving and dealing with digital documents and materials; Manipulating digital documents – extracting pages and building booklets; Digital notebooks – supercharging your paperless productivity; Digital resources – how to make the best use of online information; Annotating digital documents – no different to paper.
CPD hours: 0.5 Hour Management & Professional Development Skills (by eLearning)

Shrink Me – Unlocking Wellbeing Together & Legal Lives Series

9. Unlocking Wellbeing Together: Coldshock
Release Date: available now
Topics & Speakers: Wim Hof practitioner, Níall Ó Murchu, in conversation with Trish Howard, psychotherapist.
CPD Hours: 0.5 Hour Management & Professional Development Skills (by eLearning)

10. Unlocking Wellbeing Together: The Wim Hof Method
Release Date: available now
Topics & Speakers: Níall Ó Murchu takes you through a Wim Hof Method breathing class.
CPD Hours: 0.5 Hour Management & Professional Development Skills (by eLearning)

11. Unlocking Wellbeing Together: Parenting in a Pandemic
Release Date: available now
Topics & Speakers: In this session Parenting – at home with the feelings two psychotherapists discuss aspects of parenting in a pandemic. Trish Howard (an adult psychotherapist working in Dublin) and Lauren Gourley (a licensed social worker and an endorsed expert in infant mental health working in the US) share ideas and concepts that can help members of the legal community who are parents face this new reality of being at home with the children, trying to home-school and maintain demanding jobs.
CPD Hours: 0.5 Hour Management & Professional Development Skills (by eLearning)

12. Legal Lives: Love, Lies and Justice
Release Date: available now
Topics & Speakers: In this session Irish Times columnist Fintan O’Toole speaks to international lawyer and author Prof. Philippe Sands, QC about his life as a counsel appearing at international courts and tribunals as well as his fascinating books East West Street and The Ratline.
CPD Hours: 0.5 Hour Management & Professional Development Skills (by eLearning)

13. Unlocking Wellbeing Together: The Life of Chris Parsons
Release Date: available now
Topics & Speakers: Chris Parsons is a Senior Partner at Herbert Smith Freehills, where he has worked for 30 years. He is Chair of the firm’s India group and spends much of his time in that country – one of two major passions in his life. Join us as Chris engages in conversation with Psychotherapist Antoinette Moriarty, to hear more about his remarkable life and career. Chris will also explore his decision to go public about his personal battle with depression and alcohol – a move that has led to the HSF initiative ‘This is Me’ which supports the mental health of staff globally.
CPD Hours: 0.5 Hour Management & Professional Development Skills (by eLearning)

14. Legal Lives: Appeal to a Higher Court: Recession, Rebound, Reimagination 
Release Date: available now
Topics & Speakers: In this session award-winning journalist, broadcaster and author Dearbhail McDonald is in conversation with Court of Appeal Judge Donald Binchy and former Court of Appeal Judge Michael Peart. This conversation will provide insights into the career trajectories of both judges to the High Court and Court of Appeal, including crucial questions about the possibilities and limits of judicial responses with a view to assessing the present and future state of judicial review in Ireland. The conversation presents a timely response to the transformation in court service to help public court services cope with coronavirus.
CPD Hours: 0.5 Hour Management & Professional Development Skills (by eLearning)

15. Legal Lives: Domestic Violence: The Limitations of a Legal Response
Release Date: available now
Topics & SpeakersNoeline Blackwell, a human rights lawyer and CEO of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, and Ellen O’Malley-Dunlop, Acting CEO at Saoirse Women’s Refuge, are in conversation with Sarah Benson, CEO at Women’s Aid, to discuss their life and work. Join us for an in-depth discussion on the obligations and response of both civil and criminal law to domestic, sexual and gender based violence in Ireland, the increased reporting of sexual assaults and domestic violence during the coronavirus crisis, the impact of the crisis on victims of domestic violence and service provision, and the challenges and opportunities we face as a society to transform and strengthen the state services and social responses to domestic violence.
CPD Hours: 0.5 Hour Management & Professional Development Skills (by eLearning)

16. Legal Lives: June O’Connell: From Corporate Law to South Kerry
Release Date: available now
Topics & Speakers: After a 25-year career as a corporate lawyer, June O’Connell realised that she needed a career change. June followed her dream to co-found a gin and whiskey distillery, Skellig Six18, in her hometown of Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry. The former lawyer joins Journalist and CEO of The Currency, Tom Lyons to talk about her journey from practicing law as a partner at leading firm William Fry to starting her own business while raising her four children. June discusses the relationship between business, law and sustaining career agility in unpredictable times.
CPD Hours: 0.5 Hour Management & Professional Development Skills (by eLearning)

17. Legal Lives: Innovation in Law Firms and Impact of Covid-19
Release Date: expected Friday 19th June
Topics & Speakers: As a generation of lawyers adjust to working remotely, Paul Hayes, one of Europe’s leading technology strategists, speaks to Jeanne Kelly, Senior Partner in LK Shields Intellectual Property, Technology and Privacy team, to discuss the impact of coronavirus on law firms. Together they explore the implementation of remote working protocols and changing workplace culture, and priority areas of focus and innovation for law firm leaders. The conversation highlights the outcomes of working remotely for work/life balance and productivity, the potential implications for client demand in relation to commercial and technology law.  They also discuss the unique near-term challenges the covid-19 crisis poses for lawyers, and the response and resiliency of law firms and other professional services firms to manage long-term success.
CPD Hours: 0.5 Hour Management & Professional Development Skills (by eLearning)

Regulatory Matters and Professional & Management Development Skills – suite of courses

18. Solicitor AML Course: Current Framework, Becoming Risk Aware and Top Tips
Release Date: available now
Topics & Speaker: Emma-Jane Williams, AML Policy Manager, Law Society of Ireland discusses: AML-Regulated Legal Services; Business Risk Assessments; Policies, Controls and Procedures; Customer Risk Assessments; CRA Outcome à Extent of CDD; What is money laundering; The offence of money laundering; Knowledge about ML/TF Risk Factors; Knowledge about Legal Sector ML/TF Risk; Categories of Legal Sector Red Flags.
CPD Hours: 1 Regulatory Matters (accounting and AML compliance) (by eLearning)

19. Section 150 Costs
Release Date: available now
Topics & Speaker: Keith Walsh, Principal, Keith Walsh Solicitors, Dublin discusses: New section 150 rules; Section 150 notices; New obligations pursuant to section 152 in relation to bills of costs; FAQs regarding new Section 150; Legal practitioners’ duties in relation to legal costs; Sections 149-161 of the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015 (LSRA); Legal Costs (s.150) Notice – Guidance and Precedent.
CPD Hours: 1 Hour Regulatory Matters (accounting and AML compliance) (by eLearning)

20. Cyber Security 
Release Date: available now
Topics & Speakers: The cyber security essentials for your law firm covers: Understanding the basics of cyber crime; The most common types of cyber scams experienced by Irish law firms; Understanding the fundamentals of password security.
CPD Hours: One hour and thirty minutes Regulatory Matters (by eLearning)

21. Advanced Cyber Security
Release Date: available now
Topics & Speakers: This course covers: The main cyber threats to your law firm; Understanding the cyber threats relating to wireless networks, web security and sharing files, and apply cyber security best practice; Carrying out a basic cyber security audit of your law firm, and training employees in best practice and awareness of potential threats; Briefing a cyber security service provider on the requirements for your business.
CPD Hours: 1 hour Regulatory Matters (by eLearning)

All LegalED Talks:

  • Are short sessions comprising various formats of delivery that can be accessed from your LegalED Talks Learning Management Hub
  • Will be disability accessible with closed caption/sub-titles and will include knowledge checks
  • Will be uploaded in the form of new sessions weekly, so keep checking to make sure you don’t miss out on this great new learning support


  • Once you complete each talk session you can avail of the CPD hour(s) on offer for that particular session.
  • This course is available from date of registration to 30 September 2020. You should download any course materials you require before this date as you cannot access the course after 30 September 2020
  • Solicitors may now complete the entire 2020 CPD requirement of 20 hours online. For more information see
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Law Society Finuas Skillnet is funded by Skillnet Ireland and member companies. Skillnet Ireland is funded from the National Training Fund through the Department of Education and Skills.



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