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(in association with Family Law colleagues in Northern Ireland)


A conference at the RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Or log in remotely (Zoom link will be sent upon receipt of booking)

Saturday, 20th November 2021

Registration and coffee 9.15 a.m. – 9.45 a.m.

Conference commences at 9.45 a.m. and will conclude at circa. 4 p.m.

The AGM of the FLA will follow this event.

Book via Eventbrite:

Conference fee*: €210 (includes membership of the FLA)

€80 (members of the FLA)

€60 (practitioners of less than 5 years standing/law students


Enquiries: by email or

or by post to: James Richardson BL, Hon. Treasurer, Family Lawyers’ Association, Law Library, Distillery Building, 145-151 Church Street, Dublin 7.

CPD points: circa 7

*conference in person places are limited due to Covid restrictions and will be on a first come, first served basis. The conference will also be available remotely. Zoom registration link will be sent upon receipt of Eventbrite booking.



Chairs: Mrs. Justice Bronagh O’Hanlon and Ms. Sara Phelan SC




Ms Dervla Browne SC

Mr. Henry Toner QC (Northern Ireland)

Mr. Michael McAleer BL (Northern Ireland)

Ms. Rachael Kelsey, solicitor (Scotland) (immediate past chair of European Chapter of International Academy)

Mr. Tim Amos QC (London)

Ms. Stacey Nevin, solicitor (London)

Ms. Karen O’Leary, solicitor

Mr. Declan Higgins BL

Ms. Maire Nic Shuilleabhain, UCD

FLA Breakfast Briefing - High Court Procedure

FLA Breakfast Briefing – Family Court Procedure: High Court

The FLA is delighted to welcome back its members at the commencement of the new legal term.

The FLA is also pleased to announce the return of the FLA breakfast briefing series.

Details of the first briefing can be found below along with a registration link.



Family Court Procedure: High Court

12th October 2021 @ 8.30 am


Registration Link:

Webinar Registration - Zoom



Obiter Dicta Podcast The Lion's share with Nuala Jackson SC

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


Vacancy Catherine McGuinness Fellowship on Childrens Rights and Child Law

Vacancy – Children’s Rights Alliance and The Bar of Ireland

Catherine McGuinness Fellowship on Children’s Rights and Child Law

Recruitment is commencing for the Children’s Rights Alliance and The Bar of Ireland prestigious one-year Fellowship Programme for newly-qualified barristers. Now in its sixth year, this exciting and important fellowship is named in honour of Judge Catherine McGuinness, one of Ireland’s greatest children’s rights champions. This Fellowship is supported by the Family Lawyers’ Association of Ireland.

The Fellow will work and be managed as part of the Children’s Rights Alliance Legal and Policy Team, which works to reform law and policy in the area of children’s rights and child law in the Irish context. The position:

• Is one day a week for a period of one calendar year (starting November 2021)

• Has flexibility in the days/hours worked each week as agreed with their line manager

• Pays a monthly stipend.

Please note that the usual place of work will be the Children’s Rights Alliance offices in 7 Red Cow Lane, Smithfield, Dublin 7. However, it is envisaged that this post will initially be undertaken remotely/from home in adherence to current Covid-19 guidance and in line with other Alliance staff’s current working arrangements.

Applicants should be recently-qualified barristers (preferably within four years) with a demonstrated interest and commitment to children’s rights and practicing law that particularly impacts children and young people. They must possess the ability to work on their own initiative as well as operate effectively as part of the Children’s Rights Alliance team. It is expected that the Fellowship will provide the successful applicant with a valuable opportunity to advocate to Government for the rights of children, analyse relevant legislative proposals that impact on children, contribute to research on the Children’s Rights Alliance annual flagship publication, Report Card, and to take part in providing legal information and support to our Access to Justice Helpline and Clinics. The Fellow will prepare an article for the Bar Review and deliver a lecture/webinar for Law Library members. The Fellow will be provided with a unique developmental opportunity, enhancing their reputation and future employability. They will become a champion for children’s rights and will be better equipped to advocate to protect, promote and fulfil children’s rights.

Closing date for receipt of applications is close of business on Friday, 8 October 2021. Interviews will take place in early/ mid October. For full details, including a Position Overview contact Julie Ahern at 01-8605563 or Please send application, including cover letter and CV to Tanya Ward, Chief Executive, Children’s Rights Alliance at


For more information please see the below links:


Catherine McGuinness Fellow 2021 Advert

Catherine McGuinness Fellow Position Overview 2021



Understanding Accounts - A Webinar for FLA Members

The FLA Education Committee


(Chairs: Lyndsey Keogh BL and Cathy Morris, solicitor)


is pleased to announce a lecture series

“Understanding Accounts” A webinar for FLA members



Facilitator: Ms. Elizabeth Maguire BL (soon to be SC)




Monday, 27th September 2 pm

1. Introduction to accounts, including the difference between the accounts of incorporated and non-incorporated entities; (Shane Browne, Browne, Murphy and Hughes (BMH))

Monday, 27th September 3 pm

2. Understanding the P and L account and points that may arise; (Jacqueline McShane/Jane Kingston (BMH)) T

uesday, 28th September 2 pm

3. Understanding balance sheets; (Myles Kirby, Kirby Healy)

Tuesday, 28th September 3 pm

4. Background documents – where does the information come from? What is a nominal ledger? Accruals versus cashflow accounting; (Richard Durkin, Devaney and Durkin)

Tuesday, 28th September 4 pm (until 4.30 pm)

5. Expert witnesses – the legal duties of expert financial witnesses

Wednesday, 29th September 2 pm

6. Extracting income information from accounts; (Tom Murray, Friel Stafford)

Wednesday, 29th September 3 pm

7. Extracting asset/liability information from accounts including directors’ loan accounts; (Tom Murray, Friel Stafford)

Thursday, 30th September 2 pm

8. Forensic overview; (Myles Kirby, Kirby Healy)

Thursday, 30th September 3 pm

9. Valuation of companies; (Peter Johnson, J Hyland and Company)

Thursday, 30th September 4 pm

10. Financial discovery and discovery concerning companies in family law – Libby Maguire BL (soon to be SC).


Those interested in participation or with further queries should email:

FLA/ISEI Seminar Slides - Family Law and Brexit

FLA/ISEL Seminar - Family Law and Brexit - Slides


The FLA in association with the Irish Society of European Law hosted a seminar whcih discussed Family Law & Brexit.


This event was Chaired by Dr. Sarah Fennell BL with speakers including:

Eleri Jones, Barrister at 1GC Family Law, London

Karen O' Leary Solicitor, Senior Partner in Caldwell & Robinson Solicitors


The slides from Eleri Jones' presentation are now available on the website and a link can be found here.