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Four Jurisdictions Family Law Conference 2018

The Family Lawyers Association  of  Ireland  would  like  to invite our colleagues from our neighbouring jurisdictions to the 23rd Four Jurisdictions Family Law Conference which will be held in the Conrad Hotel, Dublin from Friday 26th - Sunday 28th January 2018.

CPD Event - 26th of October - Dublin

The Family Lawyers Association is pleased to announce our next CPD event which will address the recent and upcoming changes in Family Law in Ireland.

The event will take place on Thursday the 26th of October in the Arbitration Centre, First Floor, Distillery Building, Dublin 7.

Annual Summer Party - 20th of July - Kings Inns

Our Annual Summer Party will take place on Thursday 20th of July, 2017 from 6 -8pm in the Honorable Society of the Kings Inns, Dublin 7.

There is no charge for this event. Wine and refreshments will be provided.


We look forward to seeing you all.


The Family Lawyers Association

Notice of Change to Order 59 of the Circuit Court Rules

Dear Members,

Please note that the recently amended Order 59 of the Circuit Court Rules will become effective as of the 14th of June, 2017. We would ask that all members familiarise themselves with the amended rules as they relate to important matters such as the procedure for ruling Divorces/Judicial Separations by consent. Further, important changes have been made to the case progression process as it relates to Dublin in particular.

The Association has arranged for Mrs. Catherine Forde BL to give a paper to explain the changes made to Order 59 of the CCR which will be given at our Annual Conference & AGM in the RDS, Dublin 4 on the 24th of June, 2017. 

Any member wishing to attend said Conference should contact for further details.

The Family Lawyers Association

World Congress on Family Law & Children's Rights

Dear Members,

The World Congress on Family Law and Children's Rights will take place in Dublin this year from the 4th -7th of June, 2017. The conference venue is the Convention Centre Dublin.

Please note the Family Lawyers Association of Ireland has not been involved in the organisation of this event. Any member who wishes to find out more about the event should visit the conference website here for further details.

The Family Lawyers Association

Annual Conference & AGM 24th of June 2017

All members are invited to attend our 2017 Annual Conference and AGM which will be held on the 24th day of June, 2017 in the RDS, Merrion Road, Dublin 4. The Conference will take from 9.45am in the Merrion Room. Following the AGM at 12.45pm, there will be a three course lunch in the President's Room.


We are pleased to confirm that the speakers and the topics of their papers are as follows:

Mary O'Toole SC - Recent Cases Update

Deirdre Burke, Solicitor - The Voice of the Child in Consent Agreements

Katie McDermott - Time is Money - Costs in Family Cases

Catherine Forde BL - Update on the Circuit Court Rules

3 CPD points will be available for attendees.


The cost of attendance at the Conference and three course lunch will be €75 or €60 for those with less than 5 years PQE. Attendance at the Conference only will be €45 for all attendees regardless of PQE. 

Registration will begin at 9.15am and there will be a break during the morning for tea, coffee and mid-morning snack.

Any member who wishes to attend should send payment before Tuesday the 20th of June, 2017 to our Treasurer Sarah Pierce at DX50001 Reidy Stafford Solicitors, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare or to Ferga McGloughlin BL DX 810257 Law Library.

We look forward to seeing all our members at the Conference and AGM


One Day Conference Lough Rynn Castle, Co. Leitrim on Monday 15th of May, 2017

The Conference will take place from 9am to 4.30pm and will feature the following speakers: 


Inge Clissman SC on how to protect family businesses and farms in marital disputes.

Nuala Jackson SC on provision from Estate of Deceased person - Section 117, Section 15A, Section 18 and Section 194.

Ann Kelly BL on Defences in Hague Convention proceedings.

Catherine White BL on Case Progressions.

Muriel Walls, Solicitor, on the Children and Family Relationship Act 2015- the rights of extended family and third parties

Jim Connolly, Goodbody Stockbrokers, on Pension Adjustment Orders.

Justin McKenna, Partners at Law, on the Legal Services Regulation Act, 2015

Sine Creamer BL on Discovery applications in family law cases


Cost of Conference if paid by Friday the 28th of April 2017

€60 for existing 2017 member or any solicitor or barrister qualified < 5 years

€160 for non-member (to inc FLA Membership for remainder of 2017)


Please note that the cost of the Conference includes coffee/tea and scones at registration @ 8.45am, morning break and buffet lunch of soup, sandwiches and tea/coffee.

Registration and payment on the morning of the conference will also be possible but payment on the day of the slightly higher amounts of €70 or €170 can only be made by cheque or cash as no facility to accept debit or credit cards at conference venue.

The Four Jurisdictions Family Law Conference Belfast 2017

The Four Jurisdictions Family Law Conference Belfast 2017

Friday 27th January - Sunday 29th January 2017

You can download the booking form here.

Conference on Family Litigation Challenges - Judicial Perspectives

The President of the Family Law Division of the High Court of England and Wales and a number of other English High Court Judges will travel to Ireland on 13th July 2016 to share their views on current challenges in family law litigation.