● GDPR & Client Files ● Document Management Systems

● Mitigating risk and reducing PII ● Legal services Bill

● Management Liability Threats

A one-day conference

Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

NEW DATE – Thursday 5th December

Running a legal practice in today’s environment is becoming increasingly complex with GDPR, document management systems and ensuring you are properly covered are just some of the complexities facing todays practices. This conference aims to answer some of the hard questions such as how much cover do I need, why do some firms need more than others. How does GDPR differ for legal practices, money laundering issues and how to detect management liability issues.

This and much more will be explored at this one day National conference for legal practices. You will also have the chance to meet, network and potentially gain new connections and new business. All attendees will be welcomed with teas coffees and pastries on arrival, and throughout the morning, with a full 2 course sit-down meal for lunch. All attendees will have full access to all presentations the following day.

This event will be of interest to all management levels running solicitors / legal practices in Ireland or those supplying services and solutions to these practices.

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5 Structured CPD Points

This event will be of interest to all management levels running solicitors / legal practices in Ireland or those supplying services and solutions to these practices.




Registration with tea, coffee and pastries


Opening Remarks by conference chairperson

Caroline Gill, Barrister at Law, former Insurance, Ombudsman, CEO Consumers Association of Ireland



  • What constitutes Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing – The new Laws:  Directive 2015/849 (MLD4), Directive 2018/843 (MLD5), Regulation 2015/845 (Wire Transfer Regulation)                                                                                                                          
  • Customer Due Diligence (CDD) measures, Simplified Customer Due Diligence (SDD) measures, Enhanced Due Diligence                                                             
  • Obliged Entities – Reporting obligations of obliged entities                                                                                                                                                                         
  • The Exemptions, and Risk Assessments (by EU Commission, MS and obliged entities)                                                      
  • Derogations for electronic money products / Registration of providers of virtual currency exchange services, and custodian wallet providers                                                                                                                                                                                
  • Beneficial ownership information relating to Trusts and similar structures, filing of and access to beneficial ownership information        
  • Financial Intelligence Units (FIUs) their rights and obligations Reporting obligations of obliged entities                                               
  • Prohibitions on carrying out suspicious transactions and disclosing information
  • Registration of providers of virtual currency exchange services, and custodian wallet providers                                                                                                      

Speaker: Paul Foley, Owner, Paul Foley Law 


GDPR & Client/Case Files

  • What happens if you are hacked, do you have to report every incident?
  • Does office 365 cover it? – misunderstanding in the way the software is used and how it can work in your favour and against it
  • What policies should a legal practice have in place?
  • Can small firms survive the costs and pressures of GDPR

Speaker: Tim Musson, Director, Computer Law Training


Document Management Systems

Paperless Office: Dream or Reality? – Practical steps to going paper-light in the modern law firm:

  • How we use technology to practically transform the way we manage all documents in solicitors practices

7 Steps to mitigating risk and reducing PII

  • Information sharing – Putting quality software forward – Provide secure file sharing to clients
  • Consistent, uniform internal processes – Mitigate risk of data entry errors
  • Independent audits – shifting the panic paradigm
  • Choose an insurer who recognises proper use of technology in reducing risk

Speaker: Kate Colleary, Colleary & Co and  Pembroke Privacy


Q&A Session


Coffee Break


People Management

  • Choosing the right directors and officers
  • People Management
  • Millennials, training and flexibility

Speaker: Sonya Meekel, Lecturer in TU Dublin, MBA, MSc M. A, BScEng, P. G Dip.Proj Mang, P.G Dip Ed, C. Eng, M.I.E.I


Making compliance a competitive advantage

  • How best to implement new anti-money laundering and data protection regulations
  • How to use this work to improve client experience for competitive advantage
  • New technology to shoulder the burden – Software that will grow with your goals and ambitions

Speaker: Laura Bosworth, Head of Sales and Marketing, Amiqus Resolution Ltd


Q&A session


Lunch and chance to network


Costs – Important applications for Legal practices

  • Issues to consider when making an application for a split trial. 
  • Procedure to follow from making an application for an interim payment. 
  • Legal services Bill 

Client Accounts and Office Accounts

  • Different rules in different practices but what is correct?
  • What accounts should barristers be paid out of?

Speakers: Michael Monaghan, Costs Lawyer, Director, Abacus Law Costs Consultants and Nick Portch, Costs Lawyer, Director, Abacus Law Costs Consultants


Insurance and Cover for firms

  • Cover variations – What level of cover is expected
  • Excess variations – Why are some paying much higher than others?
  • Claims handling – Claims against the practice in a country with a high claim culture
  • Presentation of your practice to insurers
  • IT technology and its assistance in reducing premiums

Speaker: Niall Daly, Founder of Pro Insurance Claims


Q&A session


Conference close

Nick PortchNick Portch

Costs Lawyer, Director, Abacus Law Costs Consultants

Nick has been working in the field of legal costs for 30 years. He qualified as a Fellow of the Association of Law Costs Draftsmen (by written examination) in January 2001, and was among the first Costs Draftsmen to qualify as a Costs Lawyer in January 2008.

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Nick has extensive experience in dealing with costs in commercial and civil litigation and has dealt with many complex and high value matters, both justifying and opposing, for numerous large firms of solicitors based in Central London and the City. Nick regularly provides advice on costs matters to major insurance companies and leading firms of solicitors specialising in insurance work.

Nick regularly deals with opposing Bills of Costs in medical negligence matters for the Medical Protection Society as well as to a major London firm on the NHSLA solicitors’ panel, and also deals with costs matters on behalf of private health organisations. Nick was previously involved in dealing with high value claims for costs arising from the Buncefield litigation, including complex claims for generic costs of the issues of both liability and quantum

Michael MonaghanMichael Monaghan

FALCD, BSc, LLB, Abacus Law Costs Consultant

Michael graduated with a BSc from the National University of Ireland and subsequently graduated with a LLB from London Guildhall University.

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Michael has over 19 years’ experience in dealing with legal costs, both in England and in the Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland. He was also among the first Costs Draftsmen in the United Kingdom to qualify as a Costs Lawyer in September 2007.

Michael heads our Dublin office and, has extensive experience in both justifying and opposing claims for costs in a wide range of civil and commercial matters, and has particular expertise in dealing with claims for costs in clinical negligence. Michael also has extensive expertise in dealing with costs claims against government departments, having been the Principal Legal Costs Accountant to the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (‘The Ryan Commission’) in Dublin since 2005, as well as to the State Claims Agency, the Medical Protection Society and the Medical Professional Liability Company (MPLC) and the Directorate of Legal Services in Belfast in respect of Medical Negligence Litigation.

Sonya Meekel

Sonya Meekel

MSc M.A, BSc Eng, P.G Dip.Proj Man, P.G Dip Ed, C.Eng, M.I.E.I., Lecturer Dublin Institute of Technology

Sonya has extensive management experience having worked as a Consultant Engineer and as Project Manager within the construction sector for several years.

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Having worked for companies such as ABM Europe, White Young Green and Balzar Engineering, Sonya was responsible for the management and coordination of numerous teams and developed the practice of understanding, developing and deploying people and their skills. Sonya now lecturers in DIT, where she specialises in People and Project Management. She is also currently active in the areas of management and training for international projects.

Tim Musson

Tim Musson

Director, Computer Law Training

After many years’ experience as a lecturer in diverse areas of computing in the Scottish university sector and completing a programme of study for Master of Laws degree (LLM) in IT and Telecoms Law, Tim founded Computer Law Training Ltd.

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He has been supporting businesses, charities and institutions in areas of information security and data protection (GDPR) as well as providing Data Protection training and CPD for lawyers, accountants and similar professions.

Tim is Convener of the Law Society of Scotland’s Privacy Law Committee, which deals with issues around data protection and other aspects of privacy, responding to consultations on new legislation proposed by the Scottish Parliament, the UK Parliament, the European Parliament and other bodies. He is also a member of the Law Society of Scotland’s Technology Law and Practice Committee. He is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) and is certified by APMG International to deliver the ‘Certified GDPR Practitioner‘ course. Tim is a member of the European Association of Data Protection Professionals.

Caroline GillCaroline Gill

Barrister at Law, former Insurance Ombudsman, CEO Consumers Association of Ireland

Practising Barrister, Caroline previously held the positions of Insurance Ombudsman of Ireland, Deputy Financial Services Ombudsman and CEO of the Consumers’ Association of Ireland.

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Caroline is a Board member of the Pyrite Resolution Board of Ireland and St Patrick’s University Hospital, Dublin.

Paul FoleyPaul Foley

Owner, Paul Foley Law, Solicitors

Paul Foley provides legal advice, opinions and documentation to companies, entrepreneurs, law firms and alternative legal services providers, on doing business by electronic means in regulated sectors.

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More particularly he specialises in Corporate Law, Commercial Law including all aspects of doing business on the Internet, Charities Law and on Financial Services Laws and Regulation. Additionally he writes for international publishers and international publications.

Recent Publications

Legal Aspects of Investment Based Crowdfunding” published worldwide by Mondaq with our permission May 2015, “Payment Services Directive 2 (PSD 2) in Short” published in Financier Worldwide December 2016; “Home Loans without Borders” published in the Irish Public Sector Magazine in April 2018;  Lexis Nexis, Chapter 3 of “Doing Business in Ireland”: 2019 release (Release 30) ( analysis of the Companies Act 2014 and all corporate structures available under it);  “International Trade in Goods and Services in Ireland: Overview”: February 2019 Practical Law (Thomson Reuters); “Sale and Storage of Goods in Ireland: Overview”: February 2019 Practical Law (Thomson Reuters).

Laura BosworthLaura Bosworth

Head of Sales and Marketing, Amiqus Resolution Ltd

Laura is passionate about developing people and processes, encouraging individuals and organisations to make the most of the opportunities available to them.

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An experienced Sales Manager; with a background in Financial Services, Talent Management and Process Design.

Laura is the Head of Sales and Client Management at Amiqus Resolution. Amiqus is an Edinburgh based Financial Technology business, an encrypted online tool for AML, KYC, client on-boarding and transaction checks, utilised across all regulated markets.

Laura is a Trustee and Board Member for the charity Children’s Health Scotland, focused on developing their reach and links to the corporate community, Government lobbying, developing and implementing strategic direction.

Laura is also the Chair of Women In Banking & Finance Glasgow; a forward-looking membership organisation for finance and banking professionals looking to achieve their full career potential, helping to boost and reinforce female contribution to the industry along the way.

Kate CollearyKate Colleary

Colleary & Co and Pembroke Privacy

Kate is the founder and director of Pembroke Privacy.

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She is Country Leader for the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the world’s largest and most comprehensive global information privacy community. Kate is a certified data protection practitioner (CIPP/E IAPP) and a leading expert in Data Protection and Freedom of Information law. She previously led the Data Protection team of an international law firm, has been a qualified practicing solicitor since 1999 and is the Principle of Colleary & Co, a law firm specialising in data protection. She gained an honours degree in law from Trinity College Dublin in 1995.

There will be 5 CPD points awarded to attendees at this conference. Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award

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