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Improving the practice of law & adminstration of justice in family law

Connecting Professionals, Cultivating Knowledge & Creating Solutions

Improving the practice of law & adminstration of justice in family law

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Recent News

  • April 18, 2024

    Family Law Summit

  • April 18, 2024

    We’re heading for an unfair, elitist two-tier divorce system – The Irish Times

  • April 18, 2024

    Fam Court Bill Survey Results

Welcome message from the Chairperson

I am incredibly pleased and honoured to have been elected as Chairperson of the Family Lawyers Association. Conscious that it takes a village, I am fortunate to have around me a great mixture of experienced committee members from the past Executive Committee together with some new faces. I am grateful to each of them for agreeing to serve on the Executive Committee for the coming year.

Our collective thanks are due to the past Executive Committee members who for their differing reasons chose to step away this year, or in the case of Judge Stephanie Coggins, moved on to greater things! Alan Finnerty, our immediate past Chair, deserves particular thanks for a job well done over the last two years. It is only right that we especially acknowledge the enormous contribution which Lyndsey Keogh BL made to the growth and vibrancy of FLA over the past ten years; it is in no small part due to Lyndsey (and, of course, all who came before us), that the new Executive Committee inherit an association in rude good health, with a growing membership and stable finances; an association which is the ‘go to’ provider of Continuing Professional Development in the family law sphere, and which is the only association that speaks with one voice for the concerns and interests of Family Lawyers in both professions.

We hope to build on the successes of previous years; the website will continue to be developed and improved; an exciting CPD programme will be rolled out in the new year, and we hope to plan for the odd bit of fun along the way!

An intensive lobbying campaign is being planned to shine an unblinking light on the abject deficiencies of the planned overhaul of the Jurisdictions of the Family Law Courts; time is tight, so this will be among our absolute priorities. The proposed changes will, without doubt, fundamentally alter for the worse the user experience and outcomes for all of our clients. We are all stakeholders and we must all do what we can, when we can, to persuade those in power that the proposed enactment is, in some vital respects, a very bad idea indeed.

Finally, we welcome offers of assistance and expertise from among our membership to serve on our various committees – there’s a job waiting for you!

With every good wish.

Paul C McCarthy SC
Senior Counsel
Member of the Inner Bar

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