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A School of Law, Trinity College Dublin knowledge exchange event supported by an Irish Research Council New Foundations Award and in association with the Irish Corporate Law Forum.


Thursday, 17 September 2015 from 10.30am – 1pm


Trinity College Dublin, Trinity Long Room Hub

The Non-Financial Reporting Directive 2014/95/EU breaks new regulatory ground in requiring Member States to legislate by 6 December 2016 in relation to mandatory sustainability reporting for large companies using a ‘comply or explain’ model.

Against this background, the event considers engagement with corporate social responsibility in Ireland and will focus on likely regulatory outcomes of implementation of the Directive in relation to corporate sustainability disclosures. The Directive will also be examined from the perspectives of both regulator and  affected companies.

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Previous Events:

Duties of Directors and Secretaries under the Companies Bill: Spotlight on Compliance and Enforcement


Monday, 13 October 2014,  9:15 – 1 pm        


Farmleigh, Phoenix Park

The next ICLF conference focuses on the duties of directors and secretaries in light of the legal acknowledgement of their duties in the Companies Bill.  Important issues arise in relation to the role of these company officers in ensuring compliance and understanding how their legal duties and liabilities are likely to be interpreted and enforced.

The conference will be opened by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.


Paul Egan, Mason Hayes & Curran


  • Colm McDonnell, Deloitte, “Advising Directors on Meeting their Compliance Responsibilities”
  • Eleanor Daly, FEXCO, “The Role and Legal Duties of the Company Secretary under the Companies Bill”
  • Deirdre Ahern, Trinity College Dublin, “Codification of Directors’ Duties: An Assessment of the New Statutory Framework”
  • Barbara Kenny, William Fry, “Directors’ Conflict of Interest Rules”
  • Brian Murray SC, “The Practicalities of Civil Enforcement of Company Law Against Directors”
  • Kevin Prendergast, ODCE, “ODCE Enforcement Strategy in the Context of the Companies Bill”


Note: For security reasons only persons listed as registered to attend this conference will be admitted to Farmleigh.



Preparing Private Companies for the Companies Bill: New Company Forms and Drafting Company Constitutions


Friday, 7 February 2014,


Dublin Castle

As the Companies Bill 2012 moves to Report stage in the Dáil, and is expected to be enacted in the course of 2014, a conference of the Irish Corporate Law Forum will focus on the practical ramifications of changes to the structure and internal governance of private companies. Preparing Private Companies for the Companies Bill: New Company Forms and Drafting Company Constitutions will be held on Friday 7 February 2014 in Dublin Castle.

Key matters for consideration will include the company form options under the Companies Bill 2012; obligations for existing private companies and the consequences of failing to take action; the implications of Table A model articles being withdrawn; best practice considerations in deciding to draft a new constitution; and, getting to grips with the balance of mandatory and default rules for corporate governance in the Companies Bill.

The conference is designed around expert panel-based discussion and a practical scenario-driven learning format in order to maximise the benefits for legal practitioners and company secretaries.



Corporate Compliance and Enforcement


Wednesday, 5 December 2012


Shelbourne Hotel

Compliance with corporate law obligations is closely associated with knowledge of relevant legal obligations, the existence of effective sanctions and effective enforcement practices. This seminar will give a unique insight into the enforcement strategies of the Registrar of Companies and the Director of Corporate Enforcement in presentations by these office-holders. T

he seminar will also provide expert guidance on the topical subject of the expanding legal obligations on companies and company officers in relation to corruption under the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act 2010, the UK Bribery Act 2010, the Criminal Justice Act 2011 as well as impending obligations under the Protected Disclosures in the Public Interest Bill 2012 and the Criminal Justice (Corruption) Bill 2012.



Current Developments in Corporate Governance Policy and Practice


Thursday 29 March 2012, 6 pm


Royal Irish Academy

This seminar considered the implications for Irish companies, directors and shareholders and their professional advisors of the evolving national and international framework of best practice guidelines on corporate governance practice.



Company Charges and Financial Assistance: The Significance of Planned Reforms in Law and Practice


Wednesday, 9 November 2011


Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Good corporate governance practice has been given added impetus since the financial crisis. There is an increasing responsibility on companies and their advisor’s to be cognisant of and compliant with best practice and a wide range of evolving Irish and international corporate governance policy developments.

This seminar addresses the implications for Irish companies, directors, company secretaries and shareholders and their professional advisors of the evolving national and international framework of best practice guidelines on corporate governance practice. Of particular interest is the Irish Stock Exchange’s adoption of an Irish Corporate Governance Annex and the Central Bank’s mandatory Corporate Governance Code for Credit Institutions and Insurance Undertakings. The topical issue of executive remuneration is also focused upon.

This seminar addressed the implications of Part 7 of the draft Companies Bill published by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation on 30 May 2011 deals with charges and debentures. The Company Law Review Group’s stated aim in relation to Part 7 was to simplify the registration of charges and to effect improvements to the rules on priority.

Of particular note are changes to the registrability and the operation of priority in relation to secured lending. Changes to information required to be filed in the Companies Registration Office will be addressed by Helen Dixon the Registrar of Companies.

The seminar also addressed the issue of financial assistance for acquisition of shares pursuant to section 60 of the Companies Act 1963 (as amended) including the planned introduction of a requirement that financial assistance be given for the principal purpose of the acquisition of the shares.


Barbara Cotter, Partner, A&L Goodbody.


  • William Johnston, Partner, Arthur Cox, member of the Company Law Review Group
  • Helen Dixon, Registrar of Companies, member of the Company Law Review Group
  • Dr Noel McGrath, School of Law and Government, DCU
  • Kelley Smith BL

Transitioning to the New Form Private Company Limited by Shares: Structure and Governance under the Companies Bill


Thursday 21 July 2011,


The Coach House, Dublin Castle

This inaugural conference of the Irish Corporate Law Forum addressed key structural and governance implications for private companies including the replacement of the existing private company form with the new company limited by shares with unlimited corporate capacity and a single constitution replacing the current memorandum and articles of association.

The conference also addressed new procedures designed to simplify corporate governance and the implications of the Bill on the role and duties of directors and company secretaries. Speakers include members of the Company Law Review Group, the Registrar of Companies and leading barristers, solicitors, professionals and academics in the field.


Irish Corporate Law Forum inaugural Conference

L-R: Declan Murphy BL, Paul Egan, Sinead Kelly, Dr Deirdre Ahern, Helen Dixon, David Mangan and Gordon Duffy BL