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DSBA Seminar 19th June 2018

(11 Jun 2018)




DSBA In House Lawyers Committee:

The Power of Knowledge and How to Harness It


19 June 2018

The Radisson Hotel

Golden Lane

Dublin 8


It has often been said that Knowledge is power and in today’s internet era knowledge has been democratised like never before.  The access to seemingly limitless sources of information however poses its own problems, especially for those professions such as the legal profession, whose existence depends on the management and application of such knowledge in their particular field of problem solving.   Thus, there has been a surge in efforts recently to set out processes to best capture, use, share and manage the knowledge within organisations to assist with the flow of that knowledge within those organisations.  


This seminar will explain what Knowledge Management (KM) is, how to set up a Knowledge Management system from scratch and how a knowledge culture can be fostered where knowledge sharing becomes second nature and can become a critical component to success.  There will also be some interesting examples from case law to illustrate the perils of litigation when knowledge is forsaken.

Aine McCarthy’s presentation will focus on developing a Knowledge Management system from a standing start with only few resources and lots of innovation!   She will address issues she herself faced in her own firm and the practical solutions they embraced in developing their Knowledge Department.

Duncan Ogilvy and Sally Roberts focus on Knowledge Culture:  How can an organisation improve the engagement of its professional staff with KM projects?  How can we enable knowledge sharing to become second nature?

Paul Anthony McDermott’s presentation will be entitled “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing – pitfalls disclosed by recent case law”.


Aine McCarthy, Solicitor

Áine is a Funds Professional Support Lawyer (PSL) in Dillon Eustace Solicitors who has a wealth of experience in transactional work and is now embracing her role in the start-up of their knowledge department. Dillon Eustace has invested in developing their Knowledge Department over the last two years. They now have a strong team of Knowledge Lawyers who innovate and develop knowledge sharing across the firm.  


Duncan Ogilvy, Knowledge Management Consultant

Duncan joined 3Kites in October 2012 after some 30 years at Mills & Reeve LLP where he had been Managing Partner, and latterly looked after the firm’s knowledge management and business transformation initiatives.  Duncan completed an MBA at Nottingham Law School where he still teaches and supervises on the MBA course.   Duncan is presently involved in a range of projects involving process improvement both in terms of legal work optimisation and also business improvement.


Sally Roberts, Knowledge Management Consultant

Sally began her career in legal publishing, moving into Knowledge Management at Clifford Chance looking more widely at how internal and external knowledge tools can assist firms in their day-to-day activities. In a role as Senior Knowledge Manager at MacFarlanes, she was responsible for the strategic development of knowledge solutions including the firm’s intranet, know how database, enterprise search and social collaboration platforms.  She joined 3Kites in November 2014, where she works on KM and intranet projects.


Paul Anthony McDermott SC

Paul Anthony McDermott SC is a barrister who claims to have a little knowledge of law.  He was called to the Bar in 1996 and is in general practice.  He became a Senior Counsel in 2015. He is the author of a number of textbooks including Contract Law (2nd ed 2017), Prison Law (2000), Criminal Law (1999) and Res Judicata and Double Jeopardy (1999). He is the editor of the Irish Criminal Law Journal and the Consultant Editor of Garda Powers by Coen (2014). He lectures in civil and criminal procedure in UCD.


Conference Information


Date:                19 JUNE 2018

Time:                2.00-5.00pm

Location:          The Radisson Hotel

                                Golden Lane

                                Dublin 8

Fees:                € 150.00 Member

€ 245.00 Non Member

Registration:    1.30pm

                        2.00pm Presentations followed by questions and answers

                        5.00pm Conclusion


CPD:                3 Hours Practice Management Study


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