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FLA Webinar "Insolvency and Family Law - Part 2"

FLA Webinar "Insolvency and Family Law - Part 2"


Afternoon CPD lecture series

28th January 2020 @ 4.30 pm


Please find link for the CPD below:


Chair: Her Honour Judge Mary O'Malley Costello

4.35 - "Bankruptcy and the family home" - Morgan Shelley BL

5.00 - "Running an insolvency practice - the solicitor's role" - Graham Hanlon, solicitor

5.20 - "The PIP's perspective" - Eugene McDarby, Personal Insolvency Practitioner

5.45 - "Insolvency Update" - Keith Farry BL

6.15 p.m. - Questions: Time Jan 28, 2021 04:30 PM in Dublin


If any attendees have questions/queries in advnace for circulation to panellists these should be submitted to Nuala Jackson SC -

Amendments to Constitution of the FLA - AGM 2020


Amendments to the Constitution of the FLA - AGM 2020

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 amended provisions of the Constitution, being Articles 3 and 5, are set out below.

The annual subscription for Judicial, Academic or Associate membership is €150. To join, please see the “Become a Member” section of the website.

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.


3. Membership

Membership of the Association shall be open to any practising solicitor or barrister. Judicial membership of the Association shall be open to any member of the Judiciary (current or retired). Academic membership of the Association shall be open to any member of faculty of a third level institution whose academic work involves them in the area of family law. Associate membership of the Association shall be open to such other persons involved in the area of family law as may be determined by Executive Committee of the Association from time to time. Former members of the FLA who have retired from practice will be entitled to associate membership as of right. A Judicial, academic or associate member shall not be entitled to vote at general meetings of the Association and shall not be eligible for membership of the Executive Committee of the Association. The Association may, from time to time, holds events which are not open to attendance by Judicial, academic or associate members.

5. Subscriptions

A member or Judicial/academic/associate member shall pay or discharge such yearly subscription as may be determined by the Executive Committee from time to time. The Committee may prescribe a different subscription rate for members and Judicial and academic and associate members, and for categories within members, such as newly qualified lawyers.

FLA Facemask Fund Raising Initiative for The Leukaemia Trust

FLA Facemask Fundraising Initiative for the Leukaemia Trust


The FLA is undertaking a fund raising initiative with FLA facemasks.

All members will receive a free masks by post/DX in coming days but is asking members to purchase extra masks with all sale proceeds going to the Bone Marrow for the Leukaemia Trust in St James’s Hospital.

Masks cost €10 each or three for €20 and to purchase contact any member of Executive Committee.


FLA Family Court Reform Sub Committee

FLA Family Court Reform Sub-Committee

The FLA is pleased to announce the establishment of the Family Court Reform Sub-Committee and wishes to thank Dervla Browne SC for agreeing to chair this Committee which will examine the important area of family court reform proposals. The Sub-Committee looks forward to working with the Department for Justice and Equality in this regard.

Contributions from members are most welcome and should be sent to or Further details of the Sub-Committee and its work will be circulated to FLA members in due course and there will be direct communication with members also.

FLA Executive Committee Changes


FLA Executive Committee Changes


It is with sadness but many happy memories that the FLA Executive Committee says goodbye to Sine Creamer BL. Sine has been involved with the Association for many years and we will greatly miss her quiet efficiency, sensible contributions and social glamour! Our loss is Twitter’s gain and we wish her the very best and hope she will ‘follow’ us and return to visit us at our events. Cathy Morris, solicitor, has now been co-opted to the FLA Executive Committee. Cathy, who is well known to us all, is well familiar with the challenges of family law practice and her knowledge and experience will benefit the Association. Cathy is a solicitor in Sandra McAleer, solicitors, in Dublin and practises family law at all jurisdictional levels. She has been a great friend and supporter of the FLA over many years and we welcome her greater involvement. Sine Creamer BL and Lyndsey Keogh BL were for many years Secretaries to the FLA, doing massively important work in the day to day operation of the Association. Both have now stepped back from this role. We are delighted that Lyndsey’s practice commitments are such that she no longer afford the time to carry out this role but we are pleased that she remains on the Executive Committee. It is impossible to express the vital role which Lyndsey and Sine have performed within the Association in recent years and our heartfelt thanks to them both. The new secretaries to the Executive Committee are Erika Coughlan BL (law reform) and Anthony Hopkins, trainee solicitor (secretarial and administration). We welcome them onboard! Continuing appreciation to Brian Mulvany BL who keeps the website in check and does so with great commitment.

FLA Programme of Events for the 2020/2021 Legal Year

Programme of Events for legal year 2020/21

The FLA is delighted to announce the below programme of events proposed to be held during the 2020/2021 legal year. 

Breakfast Briefing series (with Courts Service) – Financial Ancillary Reliefs in Divorce/Judicial Separation – I CPD point each

  • 13th October 8.30 a.m. – Maintenance
  • 10th November 8.30 a.m. – Property adjustment orders
  • 8th December 8.30 a.m. – The family home
  • 19th January 8.30 a.m. – Domestic violence
  • 9th March 8.30 a.m. – Pensions
  • 11th May 8.30 a.m. – Financial compensation orders and securitisation of maintenance
  • 8th June 8.30 a.m. – Succession rights
  • 13th July 8.30 a.m. – Variation of ancillary reliefs

CPD Afternoon Lecture series – 2 CPD points each

  • 22nd October 4.30 p.m. - Ethics in family/child law and how to deal with complaints? (James McGuill, Member of LSRA; Keith Walsh, solr.; Sean O hUallachain SC)
  • 19th November 4.30 p.m. - Relocation of children (Cormac Corrigan SC)
  • 3rd December 4.30 p.m. - Section 32/47 reports – towards a protocol/challenging a report
  • 28th January 4.30 p.m. – Insolvency and family law revisited
  • 18th February 4.30 p.m. – Evidence and family law – statements of truth, proving financial records, expert evidence
  • 25th March 4.30 p.m. – Childcare law – caselaw update
  • 6th May 4.30 p.m. – Children and disability law (EPSEN reform) in association with AsIAm (Chair: Adam Harris, CEO, AsIAm)
  • 17th June 4.30 p.m. – What parents disagree … what day to day parental decisions are justiciable and how should courts approach this?
  • 22nd July 4.30 p.m. – Coronavirus and the family law courts – where are we now? (followed by FLA summer party)


  • AGM November 14th – reports from the research groups (Child care, maintenance and Covid-19)
  • Four Jurisdictions webinar – January 2021 – followed by physical or virtual cocktail party
  • Circuit Conference (Mullingar) – 19th April 2021 (a) Paperless Practice (b) family law update
  • Advance Notice: November 2021 – Brexit and Family Law Revisited – conference Derry and AGM


  • Christmas party – 17th December
  • Cocktail party (physical or virtual) after the Four Jurisdictions webinar
  • Loving Day Ball – Saturday 12th June 2021 Venue: TBD
  • Summer party 22nd July

Rainbows Ireland will continue to be the FLA Charity Partner for the coming year. Fundraising events will be arranged as and when possible.

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

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.

Please click here to become a member.


Catherine McGuinness Fellowship

Catherine McGuinness Fellowship

Are you a newly-qualified barrister? We are recruiting for the Catherine McGuinness Fellowship on children's rights and child law.

Read the advertisement and full description here.

Closing date for receipt of applications is close of business on Friday, 25 September 2020. Interviews will take place on Friday, 9 October 2020. For full details, including a Position Overview, email Please send application, including cover letter and CV to Tanya Ward, Chief Executive, Children’s Rights Alliance at

Child Care Law Reform

Child Care Law Reform

The Department of Children has asked for submissions on reforming the Child Care Act, 1991. The lead in time is short (11th September 2020 is the date which has been given for submissions).

The FLA has set up a sub-group to formulate submissions on our behalf and welcomes contributions/comments/questions from FLA members in this regard. We would ask for these by Friday 4th September, earlier if possible.

The FLA sub-group is chaired by Gareth Noble, solicitor and the members are Sarah Fennell BL (FLA law reform), Lewis Mooney BL, Nora Ni Loinsigh BL and Erika Coughlan BL (research).

Submissions may be made to: or

Your contributions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you and stay safe