Course Description

Certificate in Agribusiness & Food Law

Certificate in Agribusiness & Food Law is a course run by Law Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre, Dublin. Certificate in Agribusiness & Food Law gives a Course Qualification of Award / Certificate, awarded by Law Society of Ireland. For more information about Certificate in Agribusiness & Food Law at Law Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre, please review the details below.

Programme objectives

On completion of this training programme, participants will have:

  • A comprehensive understanding of the legislative structures that apply to the agribusiness and food law sector in Ireland;
  • An in-depth knowledge of the EU and Irish regulatory structures that apply;
  • Knowledge of recent case law and procedural developments relevant to the agri-food sector;
  • An ability to understand the business environments in which agri-food clients operate;
  • A knowledge of the relevant commercial contract and personal injuries issues that arise in the agri-food sector;
  • An appreciation of the pertinent land law issues that apply in the farming sector;
  • A knowledge of the particular application of family law and inheritance law in the farming sector;
  • An understanding of the key employment law issues that apply in agri-food sector.

Programme structure and approach to learning

The agri-food sector is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry, providing 7.1% of total employment in 2020. The sector accounts for 38% of total indigenous exports and over 60% of indigenous manufactured exports. In 2019 Ireland’s food and Agri-foods products were exported to over 180 markets worldwide and valued at €14.5 billion, a 63% increase from €8.9 billion in 2010. The sector is thriving and continues to evolve both domestically and internationally. Providing legal services to this fast moving and dynamic sector requires not only a comprehensive understanding of the law but also of the business environment that applies.

This certificate will provide you with the legal knowledge required to advise agri-food clients, together with a practical understanding of the business environments in which such clients operate. You will be provided with an insight into the legislative and regulatory structures that apply to the sector, together with an analysis of recent case law. The syllabus is designed to give comprehensive coverage of the “farm-to-fork”-related legal issues that apply in this vibrant part of our economy. The rules and regulations that apply to more specialised and growing areas of farming, such as organic food and farming, will be dealt with in later modules.


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

Module 1: The overall framework

  • Evolution of farming and food law/regulation,
  • Government agencies and bodies,
  • EU and international policy,
  • The Common Agricultural Policy,
  • Food Wise 2025,
  • Agri-tax review.

Module 2: The regulatory framework

  • Dry stock (beef, sheep and goats),
  • Tillage (crops and horticulture),
  • Poultry and fish,
  • Rural development,
  • Environmental regulation.

Module 3: Food regulation

  • Traceability,
  • Factory (animal processing),
  • Packaging (retail),
  • Food Safety Authority of Ireland,
  • Food labelling,
  • Meat labelling,
  • Food technology.

Module 4: Organic food and farming

  • Relevant regulations and SIs,
  • Rules on organic production and labelling of organic products,
  • Rules on organic aquaculture animal and seaweed production,
  • Importing of products from outside the EU,
  • Farmers’ markets and direct farm sales.

Module 5: Enforcement and audit

  • Department of Agriculture notices/prosecutions,
  • Appeals to the Agriculture Appeals Office,
  • Prosecutions by the Inland Fisheries,
  • Environmental Protection Agency prosecutions.
  • Farm level and processors,
  • Retailers and exporters.

Module 6: Farming and the law (part 1)

  • Commercial contract issues,
  • Solar and wind farms,
  • Collaborative farming models,
  • Boundary disputes,
  • Livestock disputes,
  • Rights of way and trespass.

Module 7: Farming and the law (part 2)

  • Health and safety,
  • Legal separation/divorce,
  • Succession planning and will drafting,
  • Agri-tax.


Workshops are a key feature of this course. These are designed to be interactive and involve working in groups on selected case-study problems and analysis, with an emphasis on the application of the law to common scenarios encountered in practice.

Workshop Title Date Time
1 The evolution of farming and food law/regulation Saturday 3 December 2022 1.30pm – 3.30pm
2 Succession Rights and Planning; Contract Law; Land Law Saturday 21 January 2023 1.30pm – 3.30pm


2,500-word written assignment.

Who should attend?

This course will appeal to seasoned professionals who are looking for a comprehensive and up-to-date guide to the practical issues that arise when advising clients from the agribusiness and food sector. It will also appeal to:

  • Farmers wishing to get a more in-depth knowledge of the legal and regulatory framework that applies;
  • Those working with relevant lobbying and representative organisations;
  • Those working in relevant government departments and state bodies;
  • Those advising on the export of Irish produce;
  • Advisors to the processing sector;
  • Advisors and liaison officers to the cooperative sector.

We welcome applications from suitably qualified non-members. Please explain your interest and set out any relevant experience in a cover letter and a brief CV. Such applications are subject to a supplemental fee of €100.


Lecturers and tutors consist of practitioners with in-depth knowledge of the agri-food business.

Previous lecturers have included:

  • Sarah-Jane Clifford, European Refreshments (Coca-Cola),
  • Helen Coughlan, Patrick J Farrell and Company,
  • Ciaran Dolan BL, agricultural consultant,
  • Alan Doyle BL,
  • Dr Richard Hackett, agricultural consultant,
  • Randal Hill BL,
  • Dr John McNamara, health and safety specialist, Teagasc,
  • Aisling Meehan, Agricultural Solicitors,
  • Paul Murphy, food safety and quality specialist,
  • Hilda-Clare O’Shea, St John Solicitors,
  • James Staines, Staines Law,
  • Oliver Ryan-Purcell, Solicitor.


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. Please note that the limit for e-learning has been removed for the 2022 CPD cycle. For further information, visit the CPD scheme and download the CPD booklet.

The Diploma Centre team will host our annual CPD conference in November 2022. This complimentary event is a dedicated management and professional development skills and regulatory matters session. We will post an invitation on your Diploma Hub page later in the year.

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Training ProviderLaw Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeDublin 7
Course QualificationAward / Certificate
Awarding BodyLaw Society of Ireland
Awarding Body DetailsCertificate in Agribusiness & Food Law
Course Start Date22nd October 2022
Course End Date21st January 2023
Course TimeOnline live Saturday lectures with occasional supplementary lectures released online. All sessions available to view on-demand.
Course Fee1650
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