Law - Charity Law Trusteeship & Governance

The Law Society of Ireland

Law - Charity Law Trusteeship & Governance

Programme objectives
On completion of this training programme, participants will have attained deep knowledge and insight into the following:

Establishing a charity: legal structures & registration requirements;

Governance codes & regulatory requirements;

Managing risk;

Managing finances;

Board responsibilities;

Fundraising codes & procurement;

Employment law, HR and volunteer policies;

Keeping on top of data protection issues.

Programme structure and approach to learning
The charity sector in Ireland is facing many challenges due to the impact of Covid-19, in particular the effect it has had on fundraising and service continuity. Additionally, the establishment of the Charities Regulator, increasing regulatory & funding requirements (including the introduction in late 2018 of the Regulator's Charities Governance Code), and developments on the horizon in terms of funding and competitive tendering herald changes that need to be taken on board to shape the future of this sector in Ireland.

This course, which represents a collaboration between the Law Society of Ireland and The Wheel, Ireland's national charity association, provides practitioners and those working in charitable, social enterprise and community organisations with an overview of the law and best practice in the relevant areas. The course has a very practical emphasis and will equip participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to maintain integrity and uphold standards.

Subjects taught

The Certificate in Charity Law, Trusteeship and Governance programme is based on the following module scheme and covers key themes as listed below:

Module 1: Introduction
Recent trends in the charity sector in Ireland,
Regulation of charities and the Charities Act 2009,
The legal framework & legal structures for charities.
Module 2: Finance & Fundraising
Legislative framework for fundraising,
Regulation of & best practice for fundraising,
Financial reporting: Statutory requirements,
Charities Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP).
Module 3: Governance
Charities Regulator's Charities Governance Code,
Implementation and related issues,
Risk assessments and managing risk.
Module 4: Strategy and management
Management, human resource and volunteer policies,
Charities & corporate governance,
Data protection issues,
Employment law,
Outcomes approach,
Procurement and tendering.
Our learning approach and the use of an online forum ensure that attendees can learn both from lecturers and from the knowledge sharing and peer-to-peer aspect that is encouraged in interactive sessions.

Workshops are interactive sessions that focus on group problem-solving and are designed to encourage candidates to engage in problem-solving scenario questions with a tutor who has specialised knowledge of the subject area.

Workshop Title Date Time

1 Charities Governance Code Saturday 26 February 2022 10:00 - 15:00

2 Planning a fundraising campaign Friday 18 March 2022 10:00 - 14:00

3 Financial reporting requirements of the Charities Act, introducing Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) Saturday 19 March 2022 10:00 - 15:30

4 Working for outcomes and panel discussion Saturday 23 April 2022 10:00 - 13:30

*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 will appeal to those in practice who advise charitable organisations. It will also appeal to those working in the sector or those who hold positions on boards of organisations or in a management capacity. We invite lawyers and individuals involved with the sector to apply.

If you are not a qualified solicitor, trainee, or barrister, please apply with a cover letter and CV for approval to attend the course.

Application dates

Application information
The closing date for applications for this course is 18 February 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 :

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
Lectures and workshops on Fridays and Saturdays.

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