Founded in 1956

Medico-Legal Society of Ireland

Welcome to the Medico-Legal Society of Ireland

The Medico-Legal Society of Ireland was formed in 1956 with the aim of promoting discussion and understanding between members of the medical, legal and associated professions. Continuing medical and scientific developments create new medico-legal issues. New legislation and legal developments affect medical practice. The professions share common interests and problems thus benefiting both areas to seek a greater understanding of each other’s perspectives on common issues. 

The Society invites key speakers  and discussants to address current medico-legal topics. The academic lectures attract Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points. Each lecture for the 66th Session will  provide 2 CPD points. 

While the reopening of society continues apace, the 66th Session will remain online until Christmas.  The Society is ever mindful of its obligations  to  adhere to Covid-19 government guidelines.  


Founded in 1956

2 CPD points from College of Psychiatrists of Ireland

CPD Certificates will be emailed to registered attendees.

Thursday, 14th October 2021


‘Successes and Challenges of Implementing the Covid-19 Vaccine in Ireland’

Speaker: Dr Lucy Jessop, Director of Public Health, HSE National Immunisation Office

Legal discussant: Ms Emily Sexton, Partner, Comyn Kelleher Tobin Solicitors


Thursday, 18th November 2021


Tort Reform and Clinical Negligence Litigation’ - Report of Mr Justice Meenan (published December 2020) and implementation updates’

Speaker: The Hon. Mr Justice Charles Meenan

Video Link


Thursday, 9th December 2021

Zoom Webinar 

‘Capacity to Execute a Will or an Enduring Power of Attorney - A Legal Perspective’

Speaker: Mr Mark O’Riordan BL

Medical Discussant: Dr Kieran O'Driscoll, Consultant Psychiatrist



Thursday, 20th January 2022

 Zoom Webinar 

 ‘The Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015: preparing for commencement’

Speaker: Ms Áine Flynn, Director of the Decision Support Service (DSS)

Medical Discussant: Dr Mary Davoren, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist 


Thursday, 24th February 2022

Zoom Webinar 

‘PROMPT: An Ethical Decision Making Tool for the Healthcare Environment'

Speaker: Ms Cliona McGovern, Head of Subject in Forensic & Legal Medicine, University College Dublin and Chair of the National Research Ethics Committee for Clinical Trials UCD

Medical Discussant: Ms Gina Menzies


Saturday, 19th March 2022 - Medico-Legal Society Academic Day - CANCELLED 

Separate March 2022 programme to follow


Thursday, 28th April 2022

Venue to TBA 

(In accordance with Public Health Guidelines)

‘Cancer screening in Ireland and the test for establishing negligence and breach of duty – perceived and actual’

Speaker: Mr Patrick Treacy SC 

Medical Discussant: Professor Susan Smith, RCSI


Saturday 28th May 2022

Summer Social Event

(In accordance with Public Health Guidelines)

The Honorable Society of King’s Inns

(Details to follow)


Thursday, 23rdJune 2022

  Annual General Meeting of the Society & CPD Lecture

The Honorable Society of King’s Inns

The Voice of the Child in Health and Welfare Litigation’

Mr Barry O Donnell SC

CPD Lecture @ 6.30pm followed by AGM and Reception 


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