Amendments to the Family Lawyers Association Constitution

The Executive Committee of the Family Lawyers Association is pleased to announce that the Association at its AGM on the 14th November 2020 agreed to amend the Constitution to allow for Judicial and Academic members of the Association, in addition to Associate members.

In addition, it was agreed that former members of the Association who have retired from practice will be entitled to associate membership as of right. The Association is pleased to welcome its first Judicial Members, The Hon. Ms. Justice Bronagh O’Hanlon, Judge of the High Court and Past Chair of the FLA and Her Honour Judge Rosemary Horgan, Judge of the Circuit Court and Past President of the District Court.

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Programme of Events for legal year 2020/21

The FLA is delighted to announce a programme of events proposed to be held during the 2020/2021 legal year. The complete list can be found here.

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

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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 be introducing a 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, planning a Brexit conference in February. It is planned to add a charity event to our calendar also. Social gatherings will continue. We are delighted that Dr. Sarah Fennell will be overseeing law reform initiatives. Details of all of these events and initiatives will be posted on our website.

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 Hon. Sec., Graham Hanlon, via the contact email form on this website.

We welcome new members, whether as full members or associate members. Our Hon. Treasurer, James Richardson, 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,

                                                                     Nuala E Jackson SC, Chairperson

                                                                     Alan Finnerty, solicitor, Vice Chairperson

 

 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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