Law - Healthcare Law

The Law Society of Ireland

Law - Healthcare Law

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

A comprehensive understanding of medical negligence claims. The areas examined include the practice and procedure, sample pleadings, and case management attendant to such claims;

An in-depth knowledge of the practical issues that arise when advising both private hospitals and consultants and separately the distinct issues that arise in respect of public hospitals and the State Claims Agency;

Knowledge of the pragmatic considerations incumbent upon parties to litigation in their preparation for trial including assessing prospects of success, preparing proofs and assessments and the application of relevant case law; constitutional and civil rights that apply in the healthcare field;

A knowledge of the current obligations on healthcare providers regarding record management vis-a-vis e-healthcare and data protection obligations;

A full understanding of the nature of professional regulation and the practice and procedure relevant to statutory enquiries.

Programme structure and approach to learning
This course will provide practitioners with a comprehensive overview of the law governing healthcare in this jurisdiction, as well as analysis and insights in relation to the relevant practice and procedure in Ireland. In the first half of the course, the focus is on medical negligence claims. The second section of the course will cover the areas of medical records/ data protection, constitutional rights and healthcare regulation.

The learning experience will be enhanced by practical input from expert practitioners in their area and from leading contributors by way of workshops and case-study sessions. Notable features include a moot court exercise, where participants will have a unique opportunity to run contested applications before a court chaired by a practising High Court judge. Another notable feature is a healthcare regulation workshop facilitated by representatives from all the major healthcare regulatory bodies.

Subjects taught

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

Part A

Module 1: Introduction to medico legal claims handling
Practice and procedure , sample pleadings, and case management,
Practical advices when acting for private hospitals,
The State Claims Agency.

Module 2: Preparing for trial
Instructing counsel,
Healthcare precedent.

Part B

Module 3: Constitutional & civil rights
Mental health law,
Inquests before the coroner,
Birth issues,
End of life issues.

Module 4: Record management
Data protection obligations,
Freedom of information.

Module 5: Healthcare regulation
Professional regulation - case studies,
Statutory enquiries - practice and procedure,
Inquests before the coroner.

Workshops are a key feature of this course. 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 dates are as follows:

Workshop Title Date Time

1 Medico-legal case studies TBC 6pm to 9pm

2 Mini Moot Courts; Mid-trial applications and rulings; applications to the list TBC 6pm to 9pm

3 Part 1 - Q&A Session TBC 6pm to 9pm
Part 2 - Workshop 3 TBC 6pm to 9pm

*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 would like to be in a position to advise current or future clients on healthcare-related legal issues,

Those working in the public health service, in healthcare departments in private practice, or working in-house in regulatory bodies or other agencies.

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 of €300.

Application dates

Application information
The closing date for applications for this course is 03 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 €300 bringing the total course fee to €2,900.
No fees are required prior to approval.


Delivery Method
Lectures on Thursdays 6.00 to 9.00pm, with occasional online lecture releases on Wednesdays. Also available to view on-demand.

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