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Public Sector Legal CPD Conference

CPD: 4 CPD Hours (1 Regulatory and 3 Management)
When: 26 September 2019 – 9.00 – 14.30
Where: The Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8

PAI’s CPD training for Legal and Public Sector Professionals – provides key updates on public and administrative law, within the remit of public powers and in the constitutional and statutory environments in which public bodies operate (special public sector legislation, codes and guidelines).

Conference Schedule

09:00 – 09:10 : Opening Remarks – Chairperson 



Garrett Fennell is a solicitor and a specialist consultant in regulatory and public affairs. Garrett has advised a large number of public bodies on compliance issues and practices. Garrett is a founding Director of Public Affairs Ireland and established a specialist regulatory and public policy consultancy in 1997. He formerly worked as a public affairs consultant with the ESB.


09:10 – 10:00: Balancing Rights and Freedoms: applying redactions and exemptions in data subject rights requests (Category – Regulatory Matter) 


Katherine O’ Keefe brings her rigorous background in academic research, textual analysis, and andragogy to the subjects of Data Governance and Data Protection. Since joining Castlebridge Associates in 2013 after tutoring and lecturing at University College Dublin and St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra, Katherine has worked with clients in the telecommunications, transportation, education, and not-for-profit sectors. Katherine has co-written public consultation documents on Data Governance in the public sector, a chapter on using Agile Data Governance in a regulatory environment, and white papers on Subject Access Requests, the privacy implications of instant messaging in a medical context, and Information Governance Strategy for the implementation of Health Identifiers

10:00 – 10:10: Questions & Answers

10:10 – 11:00: Grievances and the Disciplinary Procedure (Category – Management & Development Matter)

What to do when an employee asks to bring their lawyer with them to a disciplinary hearing


Sharon Dillon-Lyons is a Barrister-at-Law. She practises in civil litigation including tort and contract law. She has experience working in policy and compliance with nongovernmental organisations; specifically legal duties of bodies including legislative compliance with data protection, freedom of information and health and safety. She
also has experience of best practice tools to monitor implementation of policies, procedures and compliance with legal and contractual obligations.


11:00 -11:10: Questions & Answers

11:10 – 11:30: Coffee & Networking Break

11:30 – 12:20: Strategies for Managing Legal Costs (Category – Regulatory Matter)
For all public officials but is particularly relevant to managers with responsibility for handling the resolution of disputes and for addressing the financial implications thereof.

The presentation will focus on legal costs and explain how recent developments in court decisions, court process, technology and alternative dispute resolution can be effectively used to deliver cost savings. Of particular interest to managers with responsibility for hiring external counsel will be an overview of sections 149-161 the Legal Services Regulation Act 2015. These provisions, which are due to enter into force in October 2019, bring significant changes to the costs arrangements between solicitors and their clients. 

Sarah Murphy is a partner in A&L Goodbody’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department. Sarah advises leading domestic and international clients on a wide range of commercial disputes and regulatory/white collar investigations, with particular expertise in financial services and contentious mandates involving multiple claims and parties. Sarah has extensive experience in handling complex and high profile cases in the Commercial Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court as well as regularly advising clients involved in arbitrations, mediations and commercial negotiations.



12:20 – 12:30: Question & Answers

12:30 – 13:20 Developing your leadership skills (Category – Regulatory Matter)

Authentic Leadership in the Public Sector;

Public service covers the full spectrum of jobs and careers with many  public servants effecting real outcomes and results. Public sector changes people’s lives.

Leadership has always been more difficult in challenging times, but the unique stressors facing public sector organisations today call for a renewed focus on what constitutes genuine leadership. Such challenges have precipitated a renewed focus on restoring confidence, building resilience; enhancing self-awareness; and relating sincerely to all stakeholders.  Public sector organisations continues to need a cadre of leaders who lead with purpose, values, and integrity; leaders who build enduring organisations, and leaders who motivate their employees to deliver superior service and create long-term value.

The purpose and values  within the public sector  connect to a noble cause, supporting a pivotal area of society to underpin strong foundations of government.

How to enhance YOUR leadership within the public sector in  a period of change and restructuring.  Leadership development represents a dynamic process involving multiple interactions that persist over time.


Georgina Corscadden, Leadership Master Coach – HR Competencies and Leadership  is a dedicated and committed Master Coach, Mentor, Master Trainer, Psychologist and Facilitator with over 30 years’ experience in developing people and organisations.  She is renowned for being authentically curious, purpose driven and committed to making a difference at the DNA level of client organisations.  Her expertise, track record, academic grounding and ethical approach to all her endeavours enable her to work within a wide variety of organisations with success.


13:20 – 13:30: Question & Answers

13:30 – 14.30 LUNCH