Obiter Dicta Podcasts

The FLA would like to make all members aware of Obiter Dicta, Bloomsbury Professional Ireland’s podcast on legal and tax issues.

Several of the most recent podcasts would be of great interest to FLA members and you can find descriptions and links below. You can also find the podcasts on Apple, Spotify & whereever you find your podcasts.


The Lion's Share: Nuala Jackson SC on Company Shareholdings, splitting family farms and managing complex assets in divorce and separation. 

In this episode of Obiter Dicta, Rachel Sherlock and Grainne McMahon sit down with Nuala Jackson, Senior Counsel as she analyses the leading cases to navigate through the complexities of dealing with company shareholdings, family farms and other shareholdings in family law proceedings. 


Sonya Dixon on Pension Adjustment Orders: 

In this episode of Obiter Dicta, Bloomsbury Professional Ireland’s podcast on legal and tax issues, Rachel Sherlock and Grainne McMahon sit down with Sonya Dixon, Barrister-at-Law, who specialises in pension law to discuss the complexity of pension adjustment orders and the technicalities that legal practitioners should know when dealing with pensions in family law proceedings. Sonya is co-author of Pensions - A Handbook for the Family Law Practitioner along with Laura Cahilll, published by Bloomsbury Professional. 

Keith Walsh: Til Covid Do Us Part: Divorce & Family Law In A Pandemic 

In this episode, we go behind the headlines and speak to one of Ireland’s best known family lawyers to find out, is Covid-19 really leading to marriage and relationship breakdowns? Keith Walsh is an award winning family law solicitor who has sat on the Law Society’s Family Law Committee and its Child and Family Law Committee. Rachel Sherlock and Grainne McMahon have a frank and open discussion with Keith about the rise of domestic violence during the pandemic, navigating through divorce during lockdown and his thoughts on the recently launched Justice Plan 2021, which aims to improve the family law experience for clients. Click here to order Keith's newest title: Divorce and Judicial Separation Proceeding in the Circuit Court: A Guide to Order 59 


Four Jurisdictions Family Law Conference - Dublin 2022 - 27th & 28th May 2022

The FLA is delighted to announce that it will be hosting the Four Jurisdictions Family Law Conference 2022 in Dublin on the 27th & 28th May 2022

The FLA is pleased to announce that the conference will be held in The Shelbourne Hotel.

Tickets for the conference can be purchased here.

Please note that tickets purchased for the original January dates remain valid.

For enquires and further information please email:


 Important Notice - Applying for or renewing membership of the Family Lawyer's Association of Ireland

Please note that members and prospective members can now join or renew their membership online through the website. 

Please click here to become a member.

Welcome to the The Family Lawyers Association.

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On behalf of the Executive Committee and Members of the Family Lawyers’ Association of Ireland, we would like to welcome you to our website and invite you to join the Association. The aim of the Association is to support family law practitioners, to seek to promote the highest standards in the practice of family law and to advocate on behalf of our members in the context of law reform.

The Executive Committee has an exciting series of events planned for the coming year and we look forward to meeting with you and hearing from you in this context. In addition to the usual post-court CPD events, we are pleased to continue to offer the Breakfast Briefing series, in conjunction with the Courts Service. The very popular Circuit Conference will continue (organised by the most able Alexis Mina BL) and we are, in addition hosting the Five Jurisdictions Conference at the end of January 2022. It is planned to add a charity event to our calendar also. Social gatherings will continue as soon as restrictions allow including the Loving Day Ball which we hope to be able to organise in June 2022. 

This is an Association of family lawyers for family lawyers and therefore we are most anxious to hear your views, good and bad, and to endeavour to address same. If you have issues that you wish to have addressed, please email the Executive Committee at

We welcome new members, whether as full members or associate members. Our Hon. Treasurer, Graham Hanlon, or any members of the Committee, will be pleased to provide details of such membership. As in all relationships, communication is key so we appreciate hearing your views and suggestions.

With best wishes,

                 Alan Finnerty, Solicitor, Chairperson

                                               Lyndsey Keogh BL, Vice Chairperson




                         Katie Dawson BL – courageous, dedicated and eloquent.


 The Family Lawyers Association of Ireland would like to extend its deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Katie Dawson BL.

May she Rest in Peace.


 Gareth Noble, Chair FLA Child Care Review Sub Committee and Dr Sarah Fennell BL, FLA Chair Law Reform with the FLA’s submission to Minister for Children and Youth Affairs on child care reform sent today, 6th November 2020.

There are many benefits of membership of the Family Lawyers Association.

Ordinary Membership is open to all practising Solicitors and Barristers. Associate Membership is open to former or retired Solicitors and Barristers, Judges and associated professionals at the discretion of the Executive Committee.


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