Course Description

Diploma in Corporate Law and Governance

Diploma in Corporate Law and Governance is a course run by Law Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre, Dublin. It is an Online course . Diploma in Corporate Law and Governance gives a Course Qualification of Diploma, awarded by Law Society of Ireland. For more information about Diploma in Corporate Law and Governance at Law Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre, please review the details below.

Programme objectives

On completion of this training programme, participants will have:

  • A comprehensive understanding of corporate law & governance;
  • Up-to-date knowledge of recent judicial decisions and legislative and procedural developments;
  • An insight into the importance of the necessary skills and negotiating tactics used in a boardroom environment;
  • An ability to analyse the essential transactional documentation in practice;
  • Developed their capacity for independent learning.

Programme structure and approach to learning

The Diploma in Corporate Law and Governance aims to provide students with a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the law in relation to this interesting and changing sector, which has seen numerous changes since the introduction of the Companies Act 2014. 

The diploma focuses on typical events during the lifetime of a corporate entity that solicitors advise on, as well as practical aspects of corporate governance. We have introduced an innovative boardroom simulation module which will take place over a two-week period.  Students will gain an interactive insight into boardroom meetings and effective board behaviour.


The Diploma in Corporate Law and Governance programme is based on the following module scheme and covers key themes as listed below:

Module 1: Introduction to corporate law and governance in Ireland

  • Overview of the Companies Act 2014,
  • Company life-cycle,
  • Funding a start-up,
  • Advising shareholders.

Module 2: Corporate governance

  • Share capital and company status management,
  • Corporate governance of regulated entities,
  • Transactions involving directors,
  • Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement.

Module 3: Boardroom simulation

  • Practitioner’s perspective of corporate governance,
  • Advising directors,
  • Boardroom simulation workshop.

Module 4: Corporate transactions

  • Tax issues,
  • Financing a transaction,
  • Sectoral regulation,
  • Share options.

Module 5: Mergers and acquisitions

  • Share purchase agreements,
  • Asset purchase agreements,
  • Acting for the investor.

Module 6: Public limited companies and securities markets

  • The securities market,
  • Types of public offers,
  • Market regulation,
  • Takeovers regulation by the Irish Takeover Panel.

Module 7: Insolvency and corporate restructuring

  • Insolvency and restructuring,
  • Advising during receivership process,
  • Winding-up process,
  • Formal and informal restructuring.


Workshops are interactive sessions that focus on group problem-solving and are designed to reinforce lecture content from a more practical perspective and to consolidate the participant’s knowledge.

Workshop  Date
1  Tuesday 17 November 2020
2  Saturday 12 December 2020
3  Saturday 23 January 2021
4  Tuesday 9 March 2021


Continuous assessment (20%) and final written examination (80%). Final assessment date: April 2021.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for the following:

  • Solicitors, barristers, and trainees who work in the area of corporate law and governance,
  • Legal secretaries and those involved in improving their knowledge of company law and documentation,
  • Company directors seeking to broaden their understanding of the corporate law,
  • Other suitable professionals who are interested in the area of corporate law and governance.

We welcome applications for this course from suitably qualified non-members. Please explain your interest and set out any relevant experience in a cover letter and a brief CV. Such applications are subject to a supplemental fee, which amounts to €300 in respect of a diploma application.


Lecturers and tutors will be drawn from solicitors, barristers, accountants, and others with expertise in the field of corporate law and governance.

Previous lecturers have included:

  • Patrick Ambrose, DLL,
  • Deirdre McBennett, ByrneWallace,
  • Adrian Brennan, Director of Corporate Enforcement,
  • Barry Cahir, Beauchamps,
  • Marsha Coghlan, A&L Goodbody,
  • Niall Collins, Mason Hayes & Curran,
  • Enda Cullivan, Eversheds Sutherland,
  • John Darby, Flynn O’Driscoll,
  • Paul Egan, Mason Hayes & Curran,
  • James Johnston, Euronext,
  • Neil Keenan, ByrneWallace,
  • Brian McEnery, BDO Ireland,
  • Philip McQueston, A&L Goodbody,
  • David Mangan, Mason Hayes & Curran,
  • Lee Murphy, Eversheds Sutherland,
  • Peppe Santoro, Venture Legal Services,
  • Bob Semple, Consultant,
  • Emer Shelly, Eversheds,
  • Gavin Simons, AMOSS Solicitors,
  • Lorcan Tiernan, Dillon Eustace.


We have designed our courses to enable you to satisfy as much of your CPD requirement as possible. Time spent attending lectures and workshops in person or completing these via e-learning as part of your course can be claimed towards your annual CPD requirement. The number of hours of CPD that you may claim in relation to your diploma/certificate course will depend on the way in which you access each of the individual sessions. For further information, visit the CPD scheme and download the CPD booklet.

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Training ProviderLaw Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeDublin 7
Course TypeBlended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course QualificationDiploma
Awarding BodyLaw Society of Ireland
Awarding Body DetailsDiploma in Corporate Law and Governance
Course Start Date6th October 2020
Course End Date9th March 2021
Course TimeBlended learning: onsite Tuesday 6.15pm – 8.45pm with lectures webcast online and occasional Saturday workshops.
Course Fee2600
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