Cork solicitors unite for major Law Society conference

At the event in The Kingsley Hotel, were l-r: Fiona Twomey, Principal Fiona Twomey Solicitors, Little Island; Catherine Kirwan, Author and Solicitor Finbarr Murphy Solicitors, Cork; Barry McCarthy, Law Society President; John Fuller, President Southern Law Association, Partner J.W. O’Donovan LLP, Cork; Katherine Kane, Law Society Head of Professional Training; Sean Nolan, Partner Clark Hill Solicitors LLP, Dublin; Margaret Mulpeter, Relationship mentor Solicitor Eamonn Murray & Co., Cork.

Almost 230 solicitors from across Cork and Munster attended the Practitioner Update Cork 2023, a major legal conference which took place at The Kingsley Hotel, Cork on Thursday, 16 November.

Organised by Law Society Skillnet in association with the Southern Law Association, the Practitioner Update Cork 2023 is part of a series of specialised training events designed to support local solicitors in communities throughout Ireland to upskill on topics related to legal practice.

President of the Southern Law Association, John Fuller said, “We were delighted to welcome our colleagues for our 2023 conference. Almost 230 Cork and Munster solicitors attended the event to update their knowledge in areas of law relevant to general practice.

“The conference offered local solicitors a unique setting away from their busy practices to engage with colleagues and enhance their expertise in a collaborative environment. Together, the Law Society and the Southern Law Association are dedicated to advancing the knowledge and professional growth of our legal practitioners.”


Two of the most significant topics covered at this year’s conference were family law and assisted decision making.

“Family law touches the lives of many individuals, shaping the dynamics of our communities. Cork and Munster solicitors are committed to staying informed and engaged as we navigate the evolving landscape of family law, understanding the latest developments including the Family Courts Bill, to provide access to justice for all.

“The conference also provided colleagues with the opportunity to hear a practical update on the new Assisted Decision-Making legislation, which is in effect since April,” advised Mr Fuller.

“Solicitors must stay informed to address any new challenges or implications that can occur in relation to protecting our vulnerable citizens. Our role ensures competent advice and ethical practice in a changing legal landscape.”


In a captivating twist of professional pursuits and career development, Cork solicitor and speaker Catherine Kirwan featured on the line-up of speakers. 

Ms Kirwan revealed how she took a thrilling turn in her legal career and became a crime fiction author, combining her legal acumen with storytelling to invite readers into the world where law and storytelling intersect.


“Thanks to the Cork Practice Update 2023, Cork solicitors are now up to date on major practice issues including family law, the new Assisted Decision-Making legislation, and consumer law.

“If you need trusted legal advice, whether on making a will, buying a home, employment, or family matters, talk to your local solicitor,” said Mr Fuller.