Law - Corporate Law & Governance

Law Society of Ireland

Law - Corporate Law & Governance

Programme structure and approach to learning
This Diploma aims to provide students with a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the law in relation to this changing sector, which has seen numerous changes since the introduction of The Companies Act 2014 and the recent commencement of The Companies (Corporate Enforcement Authority) Act 2021.

The diploma focuses on typical events during the lifetime of a corporate entity that solicitors advise on, as well as practical aspects of corporate governance. We have introduced an innovative boardroom simulation module and students will gain an interactive insight into boardroom meetings and effective board behaviour.

Subjects taught

The Diploma in Corporate Law and Governance programme is based on the following module scheme and covers key themes as listed below:

Module 1: Introduction to corporate law and governance in Ireland
Overview of the Companies Act 2014,
Company life-cycle,
Funding a start-up,
Advising shareholders.

Module 2: Corporate governance
Share capital and company status management,
Corporate governance of regulated entities,
Transactions involving directors,
Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement.

Module 3: Boardroom simulation
Practitioner’s perspective of corporate governance,
Advising directors,
Boardroom simulation workshop.

Module 4: Corporate transactions
Tax issues,
Financing a transaction,
Sectoral regulation,
Share options.

Module 5: Mergers and acquisitions
Share purchase agreements,
Asset purchase agreements,
Acting for the investor.

Module 6: Insolvency and corporate restructuring
Insolvency and restructuring,
Advising during receivership process,
Winding-up process,
Formal and informal restructuring.

Workshops are interactive sessions that focus on group problem-solving. 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 Interactive Problem-Solving Workshop (online) Tuesday 9 April 2024 18:00 - 20:15
2 Boardroom Simulation 1 (onsite) Saturday 13 April 2024 10:00 - 16:00
3 Boardroom Simulation 2 (onsite) Saturday 18 May 2024 10:00 - 14:00
4 Questions & Discussion: Insolvency & Corporate Restructuring Module (onsite) Saturday 8 June 2024 10:00 - 14:00

Entry requirements

Who should attend?
This course is suitable for the following:

Solicitors, barristers, and trainees who work in the area of corporate law and governance,

Company directors seeking to broaden their understanding of the corporate law,

Legal executives and those involved in improving their knowledge of company law and documentation,

Other suitable professionals who are interested in the area of corporate law and governance.

We welcome applications for this course 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, which amounts to €335 in respect of a diploma application.

Application dates

The closing date for applications for this course is 6 January 2024.


Delivery Method
Online lectures Tuesday 6.00pm to 8.30pm and occasional interactive Saturday workshops. Also available to view on demand.

Enrolment dates

Start Date Tuesday 20 February 2024 at 6:00 PM

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