Certificate in Company Secretarial Law and Practice (Ireland)

ICSA has partnered with the Law Society of Ireland to deliver and jointly award a Certificate in Company Secretarial Law and Practice. Through this partnership, we are able to bring together the educational infrastructure of the Law Society of Ireland and the professional expertise of members of the ICSA Irish Region to meet the needs of anyone delivering, or expecting to deliver, company secretarial services in Irish organisations in line with the Companies Act 2014. The Act, which comes into effect in June 2015, requires company directors of all companies – private or public – to appoint a “suitably qualified” individual to the company secretary position. There will be no better way to be “suitably qualified” than by taking this course.


Jointly awarded by ICSA and the Law Society of Ireland, this Certificate in Company Secretarial Law & Practice offers a practical insight into company secretarial requirements in Ireland and provides students with a comprehensive understanding of the company law framework and key corporate governance provisions under the new Companies Act. 

Under the expert guidance of a faculty of leading legal practitioners and company secretaries, the course will commence with an overview of Ireland's new company law framework as set out in the new Companies Act. With the opportunity to engage in interactive workshop sessions, all areas of company secretarial practice will be examined in detail and will guide practitioners through precedents, practical tips and checklists. The course will also focus on the procedural requirements of company secretarial practice, with practical sessions on making statutory and other filings to the Company Registration Office and the procedures to be followed to ensure compliance with statutory requirements.

On completion of this course, participants will:

  • Be aware of the duties and role of the company secretary
  • Gain insight into the latest statutory and procedural developments in company law and company secretarial practice
  • Have knowledge of the requirements for incorporating different company types
  • Apply corporate governance best practice to an organisation
  • Know how to effectively maintain statutory registers
  • Understand and complete a company’s filing requirement in the CRO
  • Ensure best practice in the running of board meetings, and
  • Maintain the share register of a company.

Participants will also benefit from a one year ICSA affiliate membership commencing at the beginning of the course.


This certificate is for company secretaries and their teams, as well as suitably qualified corporate governance and compliance professionals looking to develop their legal knowledge and practical skills in this area. 

The course will also attract solicitors who offer company secretarial services or who advise clients in this area. In addition, it will  appeal to in-house lawyers and to those looking to develop their company secretarial skills and knowledge with a view to developing new opportunities and offering new services to existing clients.


The course will cover three key modules as follows:

Module 1: 
  • Company law overview
  • Key principles of company law
  • The new companies’ bill
  • The role of the company secretary
  • Directors – role/type/duties

Module 2: 

  • Corporate compliance – company secretarial procedure
  • Company incorporation
  • Maintaining the statutory registers
  • Administering share transfers and communicating with shareholders
  • CRO filing and annual returns

Module 3: 

  • Corporate governance and enforcement
  • The law and practice of meetings (including simulated boardroom session)
  • Company law enforcement

Lecture topics include:

  • Overview of the Companies Act 2014
  • The role of the company secretary
  • The incorporation process and conversion under the new regime
  • Annual returns, accounts and audit exemptions
  • Members meetings
  • Corporate governance
  • Directors
  • Shares and share capital
  • Company wind up

Assessment of this qualification is through an examination.


This course is delivered on site at the Law Society of Ireland and will also be webcast. 


The fee for this qualification is a one-off payment of €1,650, payable to the Law Society of Ireland. This fee includes one year's ICSA affiliate membership commencing at the beginning of the course. 


For more information, please contact the Course Leader, John Lunney, at  j.lunney@lawsociety.ie.

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