Ken Murphy, director general of the Law Society (front left), with some of those who attended the Skillnets event at the Strand Hotel Picture: Alan Place / Fusionshooters
THE president of the Law Society of Ireland has welcomed the ongoing construction of a new criminal courts complex in Limerick city.
Simon Murphy says the purpose-built courthouse at Mulgrave Street, which is due to open late next year, will be of major benefit to solicitors and other court users.
Located next to Limerick Prison, the multi-million euro complex will be home to six courtrooms.
Mr Murphy – a Cork-based solicitor - made his comments at a learning and networking event which was attended by more than 250 solicitors from across the Mid-West region.
Hosted at the Strand Hotel by the Limerick and Clare Bar Associations, the day-long seminar was part of a series of ‘cluster events’ which have been organised by the Law Society of Ireland in conjunction with Skillnets – which supports and works with businesses to address their current and future skills needs.
Mr Murphy said events like the one held in Limerick are important as they tick a number of boxes.
“There is a demand for the Law Society to bring good meaningful continuing professional development to the profession but at a very reduced rate so the Law Society hooked up with Skillnets and that partnership has proved hugely successful and beneficial,” he said adding that the chance for solicitors to meet with colleagues is also beneficial.
During the event, a number of experts provided updates on a range of legal issues - including employment law, the Legal Services Regulation Act, conveyancing and probate.
“It is important for the Law Society to reach out to our members around the country. These cluster events allow us to tailor our seminars around the particular needs of local solicitors and the local communities they serve,” said Teri Kelly, director of member services at the Law Society.
Limerick-based solicitor Darach McCarthy, chair of the Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee, says having learning and networking events in the regions is hugely important.
He says the health of the local economy can often be measured by taking a look at the business coming into solicitors’ offices.
“In the case of Limerick, solicitors are seeing an increase in conveyancing business. Increased house-buying would tend to indicate an upturn in the overall economy of the area,” said Mr McCarthy whose practice is located at Pery Square.