Over 100 solicitors attend Cork and Kerry practitioner update

Over 100 solicitors attend Cork and Kerry practitioner update

Julï Rea

Over 100 solicitors from Cork and Kerry have attended the annual Practitioner Update Cork & Kerry 2020, which took place online for the first time.

Organised by the Law Society Finuas Skillnet in association with the Southern Law Association and Kerry Law Society, the conference provided an opportunity for local solicitors to stay up-to-date in areas of law relevant to them in their daily work, such as probate and advising farmer clients.

The legal conference also focused on litigating through a pandemic and using technology in the modern solicitor’s workplace.

It took place shortly after the Southern Law Association’s virtual AGM, where Cork solicitor Julï Rea of JRAP O’Meara Solicitors was elected as president, succeeding Robert Baker, partner at O’Donovan Baker Solicitors. She is supported by new vice-president Gerry O’Flynn.

Commenting on the conference, Ms Rea said: “The Practitioner Update Cork & Kerry is the fourth in a series of successful online events run by the Law Society to help solicitors across the country to stay up-to-date on areas of essential practice.

“Despite government restrictions, over 100 local solicitors were able to attend the annual conference online.”

She added: “Legal experts in probate, agriculture and litigation addressed this year’s conference and focused on the issues currently facing solicitors, and their clients, in Cork and Kerry.

“Many solicitors in Cork and Kerry have a large farming client base. This conference was an opportunity for us to ask questions that arise in this specific area of practice, including issues relating to farm transfers and partnerships.”

The event also provided updates in the area of probate, including guidance to best practice and the implications of Covid-19.

Ms Rea said: “Covid-19 has put a sharp focus on the importance of forward planning and making a will. As we navigate Covid-19 and the unexpected life events it can bring, we should remember that solicitors are essential services and remain open for business.

“Local solicitors in Cork and Kerry are equipped with up-to-date practice knowledge and can help you make a will today. If you need legal advice on farming, business, litigating or another sensitive topic, talk to your local solicitor.”

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