Course Description

Diploma in Commercial Property

Law Society of Ireland – Diploma Centre

Programme structure and approach to learning

Given the economic upturn and renewed level of interest in the property market, this course aims to expose practitioners to the key areas of practice that arise when advising clients in all areas of commercial property transactions. Lecturers will draw on their own experiences of practising in this area with reference to legislative updates, practice directions and practical case studies to provide participants with the necessary knowledge to advance in this area. The practical emphasis of the course is reinforced by three practical workshop days, which will provide an opportunity to engage with topics through problem-based scenarios in a small group setting.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and apply the company and commercial law aspects of commercial property
  • Compare the Contract for Sale 2019 with its predecessor and apply the new provisions with respect to commercial property transactions
  • Draft special conditions for the sale of commercial property
  • Recognise key commercial lease issues
  • Measure the effect of commercial rates on commercial property transactions
  • Review and negotiate a commercial lease
  • Complete the purchase of licensed premises
  • Purchase commercial premises with a mind to converting it into a multi-unit residential development
  • Identify the main effects on commercial property transactions of changes to environmental and planning law
  • Apply for planning permission to allow for a mixed use development
  • Discuss build-to-rent schemes
  • Appraise various types of loan facilities available
  • Execute a sale of a distressed estate
  • Identify the main ethical and regulatory issues affecting dealings with commercial property
  • Recall the relevant tax considerations affecting commercial property transactions


The programme is based on the following module scheme and covers key themes as listed below:

Module 1: Property financing and investment

  • Company law aspects of commercial property
  • Loan portfolio sales
  • NAMA transactions
  • Property lending

Module 2: Conveyancing principles as applicable to commercial property

  • Contract for Sale 2019
  • Contracts from a commercial property perspective
  • Drafting contracts & special conditions
  • Use of data rooms

Module 3: Commercial leases

  • Commercial property overview
  • Key agreement for lease issues
  • Key lease property issues
  • Key lease occupation issues
  • Landlord specific issues
  • Rent review
  • Commercial rates
  • Determination of leases
  • Tenants in insolvency
  • Ethical & regulatory issues

Module 4: Planning and development

  • Planning as applicable to commercial property
  • Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014
  • Commercial property disputes and avoidance
  • Construction law as applicable to commercial property
  • Licensed premises
  • Change of use
  • Multi-unit developments
  • Build-to-rent schemes
  • Mixed-use development

Module 5: Taxation and dealing with distressed sales

  • CGT
  • Acquiring the company rather than the property
  • NPPR and LPT
  • VAT and commercial property
  • Distressed real estate – acting for / buying from a receiver


Workshops are a key feature of this course. These are designed to be interactive and working in groups on selected case study problem and analysis:

  • Workshop 1: Saturday 11 May 2019: This workshop will involve small group work on case studies from the module on commercial leases.  An interactive session will focus on reviewing leases and the negotiation process involved.
  • Workshop 2: Saturday 25 May 2019: This series of workshops will focus on the practicalities of purchasing licensed premises, looking at the planning considerations of buying an existing business and converting it’s the commercial space into apartments, and examining the issues that may affect the sale/purchase of a mixed-use development (office, retail and residential).
  • Workshop 3: Saturday 8 June 2019: This workshop will consider the issues which arise in commercial property lending, best practice in this area as well as advising in relation to some of the difficulties which arise in distressed real estate transactions. It will also allow participants to have an interactive discussion with experts to help prepare them for the exam


Three-hour closed-book examination.

Who should attend?

This diploma is only open to solicitors, trainee solicitors (who have passed the PPC I) and barristers.  It is aimed at legal practitioners with experience in the area.  The course will assume a level of pre-existing knowledge commensurate with that taught on the PPC I course.


Lecturers will consist of experienced practitioners with in-depth knowledge of the impact of recent case law and legislative developments.


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.

College Name Law Society of Ireland – Diploma Centre
Course Category Law
Course Type Blended - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course Location Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 7
Course Start Date 12th April 2019
Course Fee 2500
Course Times Blended learning – a mixture of online releases and onsite/online lectures on 2 Wednesday evenings and 2 full Fridays, with 3 Saturdays dedicated to onsite workshops and lectures
Awarding Body Law Society of Ireland
Title of Awarding Diploma in Commercial Property
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The Education Centre, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7 (DX 79 Dublin), Ireland D07 VW24, Dublin, Ireland

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