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DSBA Mental Health Seminar - October 19th

(06 Oct 2017)






Chaired by The Hon. Ms. Justice Marie Baker

19 October 2017

Byrne Wallace

88 Harcourt Street

Dublin 2

4.00pm – 7.00pm



The Fair Deal Scheme – An Overview - Olive Doyle

Updates on recent High Court Decisions - Aine Hynes

The Enduring Powers of Attorney – Tips and Traps for practitioners - Mark Felton  

Taking instructions from Vulnerable Clients - Louise O’Loughlin

Wellbeing and Care of Vulnerable Prisoners - Dr Conor O’Neill



OLIVE DOYLE  qualified as solicitor in 1994. She is a partner in Byrne Wallace and practises in the area of health care law specialising in mental health, disability, vulnerable adults and care of the elderly acting on behalf of the HSE. She is a member of the DSBA Mental Health and Capacity Committee.


ÁINE HYNES is current President of the DSBA and a member of the DSBA Mental Health and Capacity Committee. Áine has been a member of Law Society task force on mental health and capacity since 2008. She sat on the Expert Steering Group established by Minister Lynch to review the Mental Health Act 2001. She deals with vulnerable clients detained under the Mental Health Acts.


MARK FELTON is a partner in Felton McKnight Solicitors in Greystones. He is a member of the DSBA Mental Health and Capacity Committee and a member of the Law Society Mental Health and Capacity Task Force. He is also a member of the Mental Health Commission Legal Representatives panel. In 2015 he obtained an LLM from University College Cork focusing specifically on the areas of Mental Health Law, Mental Capacity Law and Disability Law. He is a founder member and former chair of the Irish Mental Health Lawyers association. He is currently assisting with the drafting of new Guidelines for the profession in relation to Enduring Powers of Attorney.


LOUISE LOUGHLIN is the National Manager of the National Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities which provides an independent advocacy service for people with disabilities.

Louise is a Qualified Solicitor in Scots law and has expertise in the areas of advocacy and the rights of people with disabilities across three jurisdictions. Louise has a particular interest in capacity issues and safeguarding. Louise is a member of the National Safeguarding Committee and the HSE Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Policy Review Group. Louise is also a member of the Expert Group on Codes of Practice for the Assisted Decision Making (Capacity) Act 2015.


CONOR O’NEILL is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at the Central Mental Hospital, Dundrum and a Clinical Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychiatry at Trinity College, Dublin. He leads the Prison Inreach and Court Liaison Service at Cloverhill Remand Prison




Conference Information

Date:                19th October 2017

Time:                4.00 – 7.00pm

Location:          Byrne Wallace

                                88 Harcourt Street

                                Dublin 2

Fees:                € 150.00 Member

€ 245.00.00 Non Member

Registration:    3.30pm

                        4.00pm Presentations followed by questions and answers

                        7.00pm Conclusion


CPD:                1 Hour Practice Management*. 2 Hours Group Study

** Any surplus regulatory hours may be set off against

The  solicitor’s overall requirement.




Conference Registration Form (Mental Health)

Please complete the registration form below and send this with your payment to:-

Maura Smith, Dublin Solicitors Bar Association, 54 DAWSON STREET, DUBLIN 2, (DX: 212011)


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Booking confirmations will be issued to all delegates by e-mail or fax prior to the seminar. Please present your booking confirmation at the seminar registration desk.



Cancellations must be received in writing. For cancellations received 5 working days or less prior to the event, the attendance fee is non refundable.



It may be necessary, for reasons beyond the control of the conference organisers, to alter the content and timing of the program or the identity of the speakers.


For Additional Information contact:-

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