Law and General Practice Seminar Series

Addressing Legal Issues and Legal Risks in General Practice

The UCD Sutherland School of Law is delighted to announce that we will be hosting a series of three Seminars in January/February 2018. These two hour seminars will take place on three consecutive Saturday mornings and are designed to inform Medical General Practitioners of the legal issues that impact on professional practice.  Each week, a leading expert in medical law will deliver an interactive seminar on a specific issue, designed in conjunction with GPs to address their particular needs. Each seminar includes an interactive question and answer aspect for an opportunity to discuss issues of relevance to you.  

The Seminars are charged at €85 per session.  Interested medical professionals may register for all three at a reduced rate of €225. Register here.

This event has been approved for CPD by the ICGP. Each seminar carries two CPD credits.

The Sutherland School of Law building on the UCD Belfield Campus is the location for this series of Seminars.  It is located on the N11 and close to the M50 at Dundrum (Junction 13). There is ample, free parking available adjacent to the building.  See location here  The GPS Co-ordinates for the main UCD N11 entrance are: N 53 18'32.3W 6 13'06.1


SEMINAR 1:        Saturday, 20 January, 2018                                                          10am – 12.15pm              


Dr. Kevin Power, Mason Hayes & Curran

Areas covered:

  • Legal issues for GPs in relation to court proceedings
  • Preparing medico-legal reports and PMA reports
  • Being subpoenaed or asked to attend as a witness
  • What to expect in court
  • Responsibilities to the court and fees
  • Preparing for the Coroner's Court
  • Key clinical issues arising in litigation against GPs


SEMINAR 2:       Saturday, 27 January, 2018                                                          10am – 12.15pm                            


Deirdre McCarthy and Aisling Malone, Medisec

Areas covered:

  • Trends in GP negligence claims and Medical Council complaints
  • Protecting yourself from a claim or complaint
  • Key risk areas in General Practice:
    • Communication
    • Medical records
    • Medication
    • Confidentiality
    • Systems failure
  • Complaints Handling in General Practice:
    • Complaints process
    • Local resolution
    • Medical Council complaints


SEMINAR 3:        Saturday, 3 February, 2018                                                          10am – 12.15pm                             


Mary Kirwan BL, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Areas covered:

  • Matters to consider when addressing enduring powers of attorney/will making /Wards of Court
  • Legal issues and risks in determining whether patients are fit to drive
  • Effect of the assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015
  • Legal issues associated with Advance Healthcare
  • Legal issues in involuntary admission


Dr Kevin Power, Partner, Mason Hayes & Curran

Having practiced as a medical doctor before qualifying as a solicitor, Kevin brings a wealth of personal experience to the topic ‘Doctors and the Courts’. He specialises in medical malpractice litigation and healthcare and life sciences law and regulation. He has extensive experience in advising a number of Ireland’s major obstetric, general and psychiatric hospitals in both public and private sectors, for the Clinical Indemnity Scheme. He has particular expertise in the defence of complex high-value clinical negligence cases and advocacy. 

Deirdre McCarthy, Senior Legal Counsel, Medisec

Deirdre McCarthy has extensive experience representing clinicians and hospitals at inquests, regulatory body inquiries and in the defence of healthcare professionals and hospitals in medical negligence cases. In her current role, she regularly assists and advises GPs in relation to ongoing Medical Council complaints, civil claims, HSE investigations and inquests. She advises GPs daily on all areas of risk management including medico legal queries and managing risk in a GP practice and this subject will form the basis of her Masterlclass

Aisling Malone, Legal Council Medisec

Aisling is a Healthcare solicitor with a background advising on the legal issues and challenges faced by medical professionals, including general practitioners.  Her particular interest lies in the regulatory sphere and advising doctors who are the subject of complaints.  She has a wide knowledge of the medico legal environment in Ireland and of the particular challenges and issues associated with regulatory and disciplinary proceedings. She has also worked as In-House Legal Advisor to the Medical Council of Ireland.  

Mary Kirwan, BL, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Mary is a barrister and lectures in medical law in the RCSI. She provides training seminars in hospitals on medico/legal issues.  Mary has written extensively in the area of law, including a weekly legal column in the Irish Independent, and is a frequent legal contributor in broadcast media, including RTE’s Prime Time. She is currently a member of a number of committees including a Research Ethics Committee and  an Advisory Panel. Mary provides expert legal advice to various organisations on a voluntary basis and previously worked with the Legal Aid Board.