STEP Ireland and Law Society Probate Update Conference 2019

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STEP Ireland are delighted to invite you to attend our joint Probate Update Conference 2019 in collaboration with the Law Society of Ireland on 24 October 2019. Please find details of the speakers and topics below.


  • Tax update for the probate practitioner
  • Section 27(4) Succession Act 1965 – Managing Conflicts of Interest
  • Probate Office – developments and procedural changes
  • Fair Deal scheme
  • Charges payable out of estates during administration
  • Income tax liabilities on estates


Catherine Duggan BL – practices as a Barrister specialising in probate and trust law and has extensive litigation experience in these areas. She has lectured on probate and trusts to various bodies over the years including for the STEP Diploma and has spoken at various seminars organised by STEP and by Solicitors associations around the country.  She is a founding member and vice Chair of the Probate Bar Association of Ireland, a former Chair of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and a committee member of Solicitors for the Elderly.

Andrea McNamara, O’Connell Brennan Solicitors, Dublin – is a senior associate with O’Connell Brennan Solicitors, a boutique private client legal firm. Andrea provides specialist legal and taxation advice to a broad range of private clients, particularly in relation to trust, estate, succession and transfer and management of asset matters. She also advises charities and non-profit organisations across all sectors, to include advising in relation to contentious matters. Andrea is a solicitor and former barrister, a Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) and a member of the committee of the Irish Branch of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). Andrea is a regular speaker and contributor to publications in her area of expertise.

Clodagh O’Hagan, Mullany Walsh Maxwells, Dublin – is an Associate Solicitor specialising in Commercial Property. She has extensive experience advising both corporate and private clients in a wide range of commercial and residential property transactions. She acts for both landlords and tenants in commercial lease transactions. As a Trust and Estate Practitioner she also has practical experience and knowledge of probate, trusts and succession law. Clodagh graduated from University of Limerick with a BA in Law and European Studies in 1998 and a Master Degree in Law in 1999. She qualified as a solicitor in 2003. She was awarded a Diploma in Legal French in 2002 and is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) since 2009. Clodagh is a member of the eConveyancing Task Force in the Law Society of Ireland. Clodagh was appointed a Notary Public for the city of Dublin and surrounding counties in 2014.

Maura Dineen DLA Piper
– is partner with DLA Piper. She has significant experience advising domestic and international clients on wide-ranging tax matters, including inward investment, corporate restructurings, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property exploitation, and tax-efficient financing structures. She regularly advises clients on tax-efficient financing and structuring of property acquisitions, and stamp duty and VAT matters.

Kevin Fidgeon, Probate Officer
– was appointed as Assistant Probate Officer in June 2018.  He has previously worked in various roles across the Courts Service covering Civil, Criminal and Family Law across all jurisdictions and has extensive experience of the courts system and law in general, including tutoring and lecturing in Probate Law for many years. Kevin is currently co-authoring the latest edition of the Law Society’s Wills, Probate and Estates textbook. Kevin has significant experience of introducing reform in several areas in the Courts Service, which has resulted in streamlined procedures and improved customer service, and he is working to deliver the same for the Probate Office.

Date: Thursday, 24 October 2019

Venue: Law Society of Ireland

Time: 2pm – 5.15pm

Cost: EUR186 (discounted fee of EUR160 for Law Society Finuas Skillnet members)


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