Law - Corporate Law & Governance

The Law Society of Ireland

Law - Corporate Law & Governance

Programme structure and approach to learning
The Diploma in Corporate Law and Governance aims to provide students with a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the law in relation to this interesting and changing sector, which has seen numerous changes since the introduction of the Companies Act 2014.

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 which will take place online over a two-week period. Students will gain an interactive insight into boardroom meetings and effective board behaviour.

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

A comprehensive understanding of corporate law & governance;
Up-to-date knowledge of recent judicial decisions and legislative and procedural developments;

An insight into the importance of the necessary skills and negotiating tactics used in a boardroom environment;

An ability to analyse the essential transactional documentation in practice;

Developed their capacity for independent learning.

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 TBC TBC
2 Boardroom Simulation 1 TBC TBC
3 Boardroom Simulation 2 TBC TBC
4 Q&A and Exam Preparation TBC TBC

*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?
This course is suitable for the following:

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

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

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

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 €300 in respect of a diploma application.

Application dates

Application information
The closing date for applications for this course is 22 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 .


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

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