Course Description

Diploma in Finance Law

Programme objectives

On completion of this training programme, participants will have:

  • A comprehensive understanding of finance law and legal regulations/directives that relate to specific financial services sectors in Ireland, and the impact of Brexit on these;
  • A thorough understanding of the regulatory framework for the financial services industry in this jurisdiction and the ability to analyse recent developments in this area;
  • A specialised knowledge of the banking industry and a detailed knowledge of the provisions of a range of banking documentation;
  • Familiarity with a range of various industry sectors, including investment firms, investment funds, insurances/reinsurance, and undertakings and stockbroking;
  • A knowledge of the use of technology to improve activities in finance, such as FinTech and RegTech;
  • An overview of the effects of recent case law and legislative developments on financial services in Ireland.

Programme structure and approach to learning

This diploma provides participants with a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of the law in relation to the provision of financial services from a national and international perspective. This dynamic area is constantly subject to regulatory and statutory changes at both a European and national level.

The modules in this diploma will consider the current financial services market in Ireland and the regulatory framework in which it operates. Ireland is recognised as a global financial services and technology hub, and the course will examine the use of FinTech and RegTech in the industry. The course also focuses on specific technical and legal aspects, including a review of the underlying principles and characteristics of banking and financial markets, perspectives on corporate finance, and the regulatory issues that relate to domestic and international capital markets.


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

Module 1: Financial services market

  • Legislative provisions,
  • The Central Bank and regulation,
  • Investment firms,
  • FinTech.

Module 2: Industry sectors

  • Investment funds,
  • Insurance,
  • Pensions.

Module 3: Banking sectors

  • Regulation of banking in Ireland,
  • Codes of practice,
  • Corporate banking.

Module 4: Loan financing

  • Loan Market Association,
  • Equity financing,
  • Recovery and restructuring.

Module 5: Capital markets and corporate governance

  • Bond markets,
  • International Swaps and Derivatives Association,
  • Irish Stock Exchange.
  • Corporate governance,
  • Money laundering,
  • Insider dealing and market manipulation.


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 finance law to common scenarios encountered in practice.

Workshop Title Date Time
1 The Financial Services Market 15 November 2022 6:00pm – 8:30pm
2 Regulation of Banking 13 December 2022 6:00pm – 8:30pm
3 Loan Financing 31 January 2023 6:00pm – 8:30pm
4 Exam Prep Workshop 7 March 2023 6:00pm – 8:30pm


Three-hour closed-book written examination (60%); written assignment (40%).

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for the following:

  • Solicitors, trainee solicitors, paralegals, and other suitable professionals who wish to expand their knowledge of the financial services industry with a view to moving into the area;
  • Solicitors, those in the banking industry, and other suitable professionals seeking to gain a thorough understanding of the rules governing the regulation of banking and a detailed knowledge of banking documentation;
  • Tax consultants, accountants, bankers, fund managers and other suitable professionals who wish to familiarise themselves with the funds industry in Ireland; and
  • Directors or relevant professionals who wish to familiarise themselves with compliance issues in relation to the financial services industry.

We welcome applications from others who are suitably qualified. 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 €300.


Lecturers and tutors are drawn from solicitors, barristers, accountants, and others with expertise in the field of finance law. Previous lecturers have included:

  • Patrick Ambrose, DLL,
  • Nora Beausang,
  • Mark Browne, Clerkin Lynch,
  • Eimear Burbridge, Walkers,
  • Garret Byrne BL,
  • Robert Cain, Arthur Cox,
  • Niall Campbell, Pinsent Masons,
  • Liam Collins, Matheson,
  • John Darby, Flynn O’Driscoll,
  • Niall Esler, Walkers,
  • Libby Garvey, Eugene F. Collins,
  • Matt Hedigan, Walkers,
  • Colm Henry, Central Bank of Ireland,
  • William Johnston, ByrneWallace LLP,
  • Eimear Keane, Walkers,
  • Andrea Lawler, A&L Goodbody
  • Judith Lawless, McCann FitzGerald,
  • Kevin Lynch, Arthur Cox,
  • Christopher Martin, A&L Goodbody,
  • Claire McAndrew, BNY Mellon,
  • Paul McMahon, McMahon Legal,
  • David Naughton, LK Shields,
  • Eoin O’Connor, Hogan Lovells,
  • Donal O’Donovan, Matheson,
  • Martin O’Neill, McCann FitzGerald
  • Kerill O’Shaughnessy, A&L Goodbody,
  • Paddy Rath, Walkers,
  • Paula Reid, A&L Goodbody,
  • Brendan Roche, Pensions Authority,
  • Lorraine Rooney, Goodbody Fund Management,
  • Claire Scannell, Matheson,
  • Jill Shaw, Walkers,
  • John Wright, Euronext.

View course webpage

CollegeLaw Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre
Course LocationDublin
Location PostcodeDublin 7
Course CategoryFinance
Course TypeBlended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course QualificationDiploma
Awarding BodyLaw Society of Ireland
Awarding Body DetailsDiploma in Finance Law
Course Start Date11th October 2022
Course End Date7th March 2023
Course TimeLectures Tuesday 6pm-9pm with interactive workshops. Also available to view on-demand.
Course Fee2600
For information about Law Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre, please visit our College Profile page on by clicking here.

Course Provider

Law Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre

The Education Centre, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7 (DX 79 Dublin), Ireland D07 VW24, Dublin, Ireland

Make Enquiry

Please insert your contact details and any additional information you require and we will forward your request to Law Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre.

Captcha code        I confirm I have read the Privacy Policy, Terms and Conditions & Cookie Information and agree to join the community.


Law Society of Ireland - Diploma Centre
The Education Centre, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7 (DX 79 Dublin), Ireland D07 VW24
Visit Website