Enforcement for Public Bodies

The Law Society of Ireland

Enforcement for Public Bodies

Programme objectives
On completion of this training programme, participants will:

Understand the rationale for regulation and the regulation landscape

Be aware of the phases in the regulatory cycle

Improve drafting skills when crafting letters of instruction/enforcement notices

Draft and critically evaluate enforcement notices

Analyse the importance of providing detailed reasons for enforcement action

Develop an understanding of the consequences that flow from poorly drafted notices

Examine challenges to decisions of regulatory bodies

Demonstrate a specialist knowledge on issues relating to their sector

Show an understanding of data protection and freedom of information issues

Apply the knowledge learned in practice.

Programme structure and approach to learning
This certificate provides participants with an overview of the rationale for regulation and the various methods of enforcement – civil and criminal enforcement as well as investigations and hearings. This certificate is open to solicitors, barristers and trainees, and suitably qualified professionals who work in in the area of enforcement or those who wish to transition to such roles. Additionally, the important area of challenges to decisions of a regulatory body is examined. There is focus on enforcement notices, pitfalls to avoid and the key issues that affect the ability to enforce. Participants will critically evaluate sample enforcement notices and understand the consequences arising from a poorly drafted notice.

The course will also see experts examining discrete areas of enforcement and the particular concerns relating to each sector. Data protection and freedom of information and data sharing between public bodies will also be addressed.

Practical skills workshops are an integral part of this certificate and will assist participants with honing their drafting skills, particularly when drafting letters of instruction and enforcement notices. There is a bonus module for non-lawyers to assist them with legal literacy skills.

Subjects taught

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

Module 1: Introduction to Regulation Law
Why regulate – rationale for regulation, overview of sectors and public bodies,
The function of regulation, its various form,
Current issues in regulation.

Module 2: Methods of enforcement
Overview of phases in the regulatory cycle,
Civil enforcement overview, enforcement in the Courts, challenges to processes,
Enforcement/ the inquiry process, investigations, hearings, decision-making,
Criminal enforcement, regulatory criminal law enforcement, vicarious liability.

Module 3: Challenges to decision of regulatory bodies
Judicial review/appeals, categories of statutory appeal,
Oversight of regulatory decisions,
Emergency applications and injunctions.

Module 4: Enforcement and enforcement notices
Pitfalls to avoid in the enforcement process,
Key issues that affect the ability to enforce,
Duty to give reasons and adequacy of reasons,
Components of an effective enforcement notice,
Consequences arising from a poorly drafted enforcement notice,
Use of precedents.

Module 5: Writing and drafting skills
Writing and drafting skills,
Use of precedents,
Writing a letter of instruction – key features,
Drafting an effective enforcement notice,
Sample notices.

Module 6: Legal and literacy skills
Legal writing,
Legal citations,
Online sources, law reports.

Module 7: Enforcement by sector
Social care and healthcare,
Environmental and food safety,
Justice, mental health,
Financial services,

Module 8: Data protection and Freedom of Information
Data protection principles,
Government data and public sector bodies,
Sharing data between public bodies,
Data protection v Freedom of Information,
Managing subject access requests.

Workshops are interactive sessions that focus on group problem-solving and are designed to consolidate the knowledge learned and apply it in practice. One workshop will focus on drafting an enforcement notice.

Workshop 1: Saturday 14 May 2022 (10am - 3pm)
Workshop 2: Saturday 28 May 2022 (10am - 3pm)

*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.

Entry requirements

Who should attend?
The course is suitable for:

Regulatory compliance professionals who work in the area of enforcement in public and regulated bodies,

Solicitors, barristers, trainees and non-legal professionals working in the area of enforcement,

Professionals who aspire to work in this area.

We welcome applications for this course from suitably qualified non-members. Please submit a completed application form and 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.

Application dates

Application information
The closing date for applications for this course is 22 March 2022. To apply for this course please follow the instructions below.

Solicitors and Trainees
To pay online click on the 'Book Now' button. For all other methods of payment please see our methods of payment .

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 :

A completed application form (see below)

Your Curriculum Vitae

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.


Delivery Method
Live online lectures on Tuesday 6pm to 9pm with online interactive workshops on Saturdays. All session are recorded and available to view on-demand

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