Course Description

Certificate in Company Secretarial Law and Practice

Law Society of Ireland – Diploma Centre

Programme structure and approach to learning

Jointly awarded by the Law Society of Ireland and the ICSA: The Governance Institute, this Certificate in Company Secretarial Law and Practice offers a practical insight into company secretarial requirements in Ireland. The requirement in the Companies Act 2014 obligating the directors of a company to appoint a suitably qualified individual to the position of company secretary has enhanced the company secretary’s position as the principal legal administrative and compliance officer within a company. The duties and responsibilities of the company secretary vary depending on the industry in question and the type of company involved. With an increased focus on the need for effective governance in the current climate, the position has expanded in many companies, and the scope of the role has moved beyond corporate compliance to become a focal point for advice about governance, compliance, and the conduct of business. This established course focuses on the procedural requirements of company secretarial practice and aims to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the company law framework and key corporate governance provisions under the Companies Act.


The Certificate in Company Secretarial Law and Practice programme is based on the following module scheme and covers key themes as listed below:

Module 1: Company law, the secretary, the board and members

  • The role and legal duties of the company secretary
  • The Companies Act – structure and key provisions
  • The company incorporation process

Module 2: Corporate compliance

  • Maintaining the statutory registers
  • Types of members’ and directors’ resolutions
  • Annual returns and financial statements
  • Corporate governance

Module 3: Corporate compliance 2 – shares

  • Summary approvals procedure
  • Share capital – allotment, variation and transfer
  • Redemption and buyback

Module 4: Corporate compliance 3 – wind up

  • Types of company wind-up
  • Strike-off and restoration

Module 5: Public limited company

  • An introduction to the Company Secretarial requirements of a PLC


Workshops are a key feature of this course. These are designed to be interactive and involve working in groups on selected case study problems and analysis with an emphasis on the application of company secretarial law to common scenarios encountered in practice.

  • Workshop 1: Tuesday 12 March 2019
  • Workshop 2: Thursday 21 March 2019
  • Workshop 3: Tuesday 16 April 2019


Three-hour written examination: Saturday 25 May 2019.

Who should attend?

  • Solicitors who offer company secretarial services or who advise clients in this area.
  • In-house lawyers;
  • Those looking to develop their company secretarial skills and knowledge with a view to developing new opportunities and offering new services to existing clients;
  • Company secretaries and their teams;
  • Suitably qualified corporate governance and compliance professionals looking to develop their legal knowledge and practical skills in this growing area;

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 of €100.


Lecturers and tutors will be drawn from those with expertise in the field of company secretarial law. Previous lecturers have included the following:

  • Ruairí Cosgrove, PwC
  • Eleanor Daly, General Counsel, FEXCO
  • Tracy MacDevitt, Solicitor/ Senior Company Secretarial Adviser, A&L Goodbody
  • Daibhi O’ Leary, Solicitor, Arthur Cox
  • Salvador Nash, Director, Legal Services & Head of Company Secretarial, KPMG
  • John Darby, Consultant, Flynn O’Driscoll
  • Conor Sweeney, MD, CLS Chartered Secretaries
  • Tessa White B.L
  • Fiona Barry, Senior Manager, PwC
  • Robert Potter Cogan, Associate, Eugene F Collins
  • Bob Semple, Consultant
  • Ray Hunt, Head of Company Secretarial and Compliance Services, McCann Fitzgerald
  • Emma Hickey, Associate Director, Company Compliance & Governance, Arthur Cox
  • Jonathan Lynch, Senior Associate, Byrne Wallace
  • Jacqueline McGowan Smyth, Chartered Secretary
  • Jillian O’Sullivan, Partner, Company Secretarial Compliance, Grant Thornton
  • Dr. David McFadden, Legal Advisor, CRO
  • Conor Ryan, Company Secretary, Permanent TSB


The number of hours of CPD that you may claim in relation to this course will depend on the way in which you access each of the individual sessions. For further information and the booklet, see CPD scheme.

ICSA Professional Subscription

Enrolment on the course entitles students to take up an offer of a year’s professional subscriptionof ICSA. ICSA professional subscription is designed for company secretaries, legal counsels, lawyers and everyone with responsibility for governance, risk and compliance in organisations of all sizes, including businesses, trusts and charities. It offers access to ICSA’s supportive professional community where you will find expertise, guidance and development advice.

Benefits of Professional Subscription

  • Access to the governance helpline
  • 10 issues of the industry leading G&C magazine (full year)
  • Access to the full suite of guidance notes
  • Regular technical briefing emails
  • Subscriber discounts on training and events (average 10%)
  • Communications to attend Irish Region run members events of which CPD events are free

Dublin City North, Dublin, Ireland
College Name Law Society of Ireland – Diploma Centre
Course Category Law, Legal Studies
Course Type Blended - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course Location Dublin City North, Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 7
Course Start Date 29th January 2019
Course Fee 1550
Course Times Blended learning: onsite and online Tuesdays 6pm - 8:30pm, with onsite workshops.
Awarding Body Law Society of Ireland
Title of Awarding Certificate in Company Secretarial Law & Practice
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The Education Centre, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7 (DX 79 Dublin), Ireland D07 VW24, Dublin, Ireland

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